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Thanks to Rick

    My first move when the Bedford Bulletin arrives is to open to the editorial page and read Rick Howell’s column. He does such a great job of demonstrating the ridiculous thought processes of today’s liberals. This week in the Feb. 4th issue he practically gushed defending the pork, oops sorry, “special interest” provisions in this “spend our budget into oblivion” bill.

    At one point Mr Howell asks what the opponents would do instead. Why not do what has worked in previous cases. Rewrite this bill from scratch with, say, 50 percent tax cuts and 50 percent infrastructure spending. Include a provision that as our infrastructure is restored Its share shifts to infrastructure maintenance. I know liberals don’t like to accept the historically proven fact that cutting taxes really does increase revenue. That notion undermines their need for control. Every other generation has to learn all over again that letting people manage their own lives increase wealth production and, thus, private spending.

    Tragically, by the time this letter is received by the Bulletin the bill may very well have been imposed on American taxpayers, not that the current Congress appears to care about the damage so long as their power is protected. It so happens that a number of us have, at some time in our lives, worked for the world’s largest bureaucracy and are aware of how unqualified the members of that “protect my job at all costs” organization is to operate or worse yet to manage any of the tasks we so foolishly assign to it. I have to admit that my first, after graduation, job, from 1951 to 1953, rendered me unable to do a day’s work in a week, a fact that my next employer, a small private business, quickly discovered. A couple of months later my next employer had an embarrassed but hard to keep up with addition to his team. With his encouragement my lesson was enough to spur me to much better jobs in the coming decades.

    Now, unfortunately, we face a system determined to reward failure and punish success. This is the “change we darned well better believe in.” or else. Right?

 

Bob Terry   

Bedford

Pass the bill

    Most people I know are struggling because of our failing economy.

    The current bill before the Senate is a very good bill and we need to urge our Senators to pass it so that we have a hope of keeping our jobs and allowing our children to be educated. The current bill creates or saves 3-4 million jobs in the next two years. This is critical. It also doubles funding for education and will avert thousands of teacher layoffs.

    We must pass this bill for our children. Sure there are aspects that may not be so important, but those that are being singled out for criticism make up only a tiny fraction of the bill. We are going to be in deep trouble if it doesn’t pass.

    Almost everyone agrees - even John McCain’s economic adviser - that without this stimulus, next year unemployment will reach the highest level since the Great Depression. We can’t allow that to happen.

Aditi Silverstein

Bedford

About biosolids

    Several weeks ago an intelligent man, the head of the Biology Department at Lynchburg College wrote an article for the Lynchburg News & Advance, regarding the detriment to our environs, as well as the harmful effects to human health, as to all animals life, per the use of biosolids upon our fields and the streams they feed.

    This past week, I saw an article in the Bedford Bulletin by some fool who made the argument that “D.C.” authorities had run volunteer tests to conclude that biosolids were safe.

    Everyone with any intelligence knows that in and around “D.C.” there has only been 1 percent of intelligent life for over 20 years. The other 99 percent in that dung-heap up there are pre-Neanderthals in intelligence and 1/2 of the 1 percent whom are intelligent are either crooked or “self important.” The ineptitude, arrogance and lack of ethics in an around “D.C.” is exemplary of the worst in the human species and is a sad laughing-stock of the country and the world. Ergo, ‘tis my suggestion that anyone whom were to believe that “D.C.” tests prove that biosolids are safe for our environs and our health, then they can be an Ostrich and stick their heads in the sand….

    I’ve not the experience, nor the biological research as the Lynchburg College Ph.D. professor whom wrote about the harmful effects of biosolids, but in younger years I had plenty enough of environmental sciences courses to know that I’d never cause harm to our Earth, nor “The Future” of any animate beings, humans or other wise, by putting heavy metals, hospital wastes, pharmaceuticals, battery acids, oil wastes, unknown chemicals, etc., onto our soils and crops. Every 5-10 gallon section of it would have to be thoroughly tested and scientifically certified to be contaminate free.

     Are those “D.C.” Pre-Neanderthals whom are surrounded by a dung-heap, going to wade-in and “scientifically test” every 10 gallons? We need to give and teach “the future” more ethics than that. Or are we going to leave them another “Love Canal” of contaminated environs?

    If those pollution filled big cities wish to get rid of their polluted wastes, let them ship it to Israel, Palestine or elsewhere in the Mid-East, where there’s no respect for the earth or life, or eat it themselves.

Edmund Coffey

Bedford