Northern Virginia Daily
It should be obvious to anyone who has been paying attention that we no longer have a representative form of government. Rather, we are being ruled. Despite the protestations of two-thirds of the electorate, we are being forced to accept things that we don't want or need. The tactics that they choose to use to accomplish their goals are right out of the "playbook of the Mafia."
The farce that has played out in Congress over the past few weeks confirms this. We have witnessed blackmail, bribery, extortion, money laundering, perjury and the sale of "protection." These tactics, coupled with real and proposed government involvement in alcohol sales, abortion, euthanasia, cancellation of secret ballot, the legalization of harmful drugs, gambling and prostitution for the profit that they render is all the proof you need.
As Sen. Warner so aptly put it, almost everything the Congress does is unconstitutional. Or in the words of Nancy Pelosi, when questioned about the constitutionality of what she is attempting to shove down our throats, "Are you kidding?"
Whether the general public is willing to put up with this much longer is a matter of conjecture. However, we can no longer tolerate the usurpation of our representative form of government. Nor can we tolerate a president who bows down to despots, surround himself with felons, Marxists, perjurers, tax cheats, socialists and considers the Constitution and the Bill of Rights as documents of "negative liberties."
Neither can we tolerate a president who sits on his hands for six months while using "groupthink" as a way to find a political solution to a military problem.
Our children and grandchildren are going to pay for all this corruption unless we the people put a stop to it. What are you willing to do to put a stop to this madness? That's the question.
JOHN W. LACAVA
23 Murchison Lane
Jan. 1, 2010
Northern Virginia Daily
In this Christmas season in which we contemplate the holy family in all its dignity and purity, we are challenged as usual by the shrill demands of the "powers who think they are" in this world to succumb to their evil designs and give up our contemplation, as in it we come to realize our high calling as men to imitate this most august family, becoming one with God and like unto him.
We recognize at once that this is a spiritual battle in which we must draw a line in the sand and push back the tide of godlessness, with a resounding no to all suggestions of intrusive body scans at airports.
These crafty social designers know that it is indeed at airports that we, the people, are most vulnerable, caught off guard by our impetuousness and urgency of getting where we need to go in business ventures or back home to our families.
In their insistence they present a convenient scenario of a near-miss terrorist attack in which through lack of coordination or even possibly of collusion, a terrorist hiding something on his body was permitted to execute, albeit unsuccessfully, his evil deed.
Even though the attempt was almost carried out through the emerging techno-dictatorship's own fault, by sleight of hand they wish to intrude on we, the people's, remaining rights, insisting that allowing further intrusions such as X-ray scanning of our bodies will protect us. They also insist that we pay millions of dollars of our own money to buy this "protection."
As for myself, if they manage to make body-scanning a normal, routine (and mandatory) thing, I will not fly and urge my fellow citizens to proclaim the same intention.
Let the airline industry and their government collaborators go bankrupt. Let state security (misnamed homeland security) and their enablers be thwarted in their efforts to increase "population control" over us.
May God help us all.
1320 Commonwealth Ave.
Jan. 13, 2010
Northern Virginia Daily
Are today's gas miles per gallon figures acceptable? Our president once said the Model T Ford got better mileage than the cars of today.
Since the 1970s, we have doubled average mpg from 12 to about 24 through the use of fuel injection, computers, aluminum engines, reduced friction, overdrive transmissions, aerodynamics, reduced weight and other advances.
Mileage standards for 2016 have been set at 39 mpg for new cars and 30 for new small trucks. Billions of dollars were spent on correcting the many problems of the front-wheel-drive junk-mobiles of the 1980s and billions more will have to go for future car technology.
Our government has no plan for future energy of the automobile. If there is, we would like to hear about it. It finally admitted the $4 per gallon gas prices in the summer of 2008 caused the recession. Do not blame the automakers for our nation's addiction to 25 percent of the world's crude oil.
The question is not whether the American automobile is still on the road in 2016, but how much we are willing to pay for it.
DAVID TANKERSLEY III
P.O. Box 176
Jan. 11, 2010
Northern Virginia Daily
My father was a genuine conservative and a member of the Republican Party. He must be turning in his grave. It is depressing to watch what has happened to the Republicans. They have become a party whose primary goals have become supporting profits for the rich and opposing efforts to make our country fairer economically for the middle class (to say nothing about the poor).
The health-care "debate" is a lie. Everyone realizes that if we don't act now, future health-care costs will be disastrous for our country. Nevertheless, the Republicans have allied themselves with the organizations funded by the health insurance companies and the drug companies to oppose reform.
These industry-backed "nonprofits" have names such as Freedom Works, Americans for Prosperity and Conservatives for Patients' Rights. They certainly don't call themselves "Save Our Profits" or "Who Cares About the Health of Less Affluent Americans?" -- which would be accurate. They orchestrate and fund "Tea-Party" protests to shout down and disrupt meetings held by our congressmen and senators to receive citizen input and discuss health-care issues. This sort of yelling and shouting is anti-democratic, and civility has disappeared. These groups spend millions on TV ads and other anti-health reform activities. They have no interest in supporting the health, dignity and worth of every citizen.
Please note that it is not the government that bars people with pre-existing conditions from health insurance coverage or who kicks people out of their health insurance if they have a serious and expensive illness or who raises rates so high that the health insurance becomes unaffordable. It is the insurance companies.
Please let our senators, Jim Webb and Mark Warner, know that they should continue to support President Obama's efforts to reform health-care coverage. Among many other changes, a government-run option would provide many people with an opportunity to vote with their feet against the greedy health insurance companies.
Sandra Z. Wilson
297 Hickerson Hollow Road
Jan. 12, 2010
The first name of Warren County Supervisor Tony Carter was incorrect in Jerry Scholder's letter (Jan. 9 issue) about deferring tax payments for active-duty soldiers overseas.