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Editor
Northern Virginia Daily

Sir:

As the mayor of New Market, I again feel I must comment on Robert A. Dowie's letter (Aug. 19 issue) concerning the town of New Market.

To begin with, I need to correct some of his assumptions. First of all, the individuals involved were with the fire department, not the rescue squad, and, second, the consumption of beer is not yet a proven fact. In America, Virginia, New Market and yes, even Mr. Dowie's Covington, people are still considered innocent until proven guilty.

With regard to his comments concerning the water or the DNA of the residents of New Market, I again invite Mr. Dowie to visit our fine town for himself. Although he may feel our municipal services are handled by "Hee-Haw" rejects" (his words, not mine), we in New Market know better.

As he suggests we will remember them when fundraising season rolls around. We will remember their good services, their constant care and their continued commitment to our community.

We will also remember to be kind to Mr. Dowie if and when he ever chooses to visit New Market. Like many others in small communities across Virginia and throughout the South, we value hometown "diversity," even if it comes from individuals such as Mr. Dowie who live in neighboring towns.

We smile at their foolish antics and writings, just as we would those of a young child, correct them when they are wrong and take pleasure in the fact that even though they are often wrong, at least they have learned to read and write.

So, love thy neighbor (even if the neighbor is as far away as Covington) and remember, residents of New Market, we don't always get to pick those neighbors.

LARRY SMITH
Mayor
9222 John Sevier Road
New Market
Aug. 23, 2010

Editor
Northern Virginia Daily

Sir:

Did I miss your apology in today's issue, Aug. 24, or do you just not care that on Aug. 23 you printed the editorial page from Aug. 21?

I appreciate your capacity for error. However, your readers deserve an apology when such things occur.

Roger Barbee
287 Old Bethel Road
Edinburg
Aug. 24, 2010

Editor
Northern Virginia Daily

Sir:

This is to address those who responded to A.R. Gordon's critique on religion (letter, July 17 issue).

To the self-righteous, holier-than-thou, flag-waving super patriot John Flanagan: You have every right to disagree with Gordon and to air those differences on these pages, but you have no right to question his patriotism or love of country.

The colonel, as he is affectionately known to his many friends, served his country with honor and distinction and deserves the same accolades due to all veterans who risked their lives in the service of their country, no matter his religiosity or lack thereof.

Your idiotic suggestion that he forgo his military pension can only be attributed to, for the lack of a better word, ignorance. This is not "one nation under God," nor is it a Christian nation. We are one nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all.

The founding fathers, knowing religious persecution firsthand, created a secular nation that welcomes and protects the right of all citizens to practice the religion of their choice. We are a religiously diverse nation consisting primarily of Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus and the nonreligious.

To the equally self-righteous Virginia Kill: You disingenuously claim the moral high ground by wearing your misguided faith on your sleeve, implying that faith is exclusive to the religious community. It is not.

It is true that the nonreligious, especially humanists, reject the concept of blind faith in a supernatural deity, but they have deep and abiding faith in humanity based on reason and scientific inquiry.

Humanism teaches that it is immoral to wait for an invisible friend in the sky to solve the world's problems. We humans have a high degree of freedom to choose what we do. Ultimately the responsibility for the kind of world we live in is up to us.

With that in mind it, no matter what your philosophy of the universe is, let us, with reason and compassion as our guide, work together to produce a world in which peace, prosperity, freedom and happiness are shared by all.

Gene Rigelon
1117 T-Bird Drive
Front Royal
Aug. 22, 2010

Editor
Northern Virginia Daily

Sir:

James J. Kilpatrick died Aug. 15 at the age of 89. The Daily used to carry Kilpatrick's column. In addition to writing about politics and the Supreme Court, Kilpatrick regularly wrote about grammar and word usage, and the mistakes that people make in those skills.
I have observed that the Daily's writers regularly make all of the mistakes that Kilpatrick regularly wrote about in his column. Evidently, the Daily's staff did not read Kilpatrick's column. His passing will have no effect, which is about the same effect that his column had.

A few years ago an article in The Washington Post said that the schools pretty much stopped teaching grammar back in the 1970s. If that is true, that can explain a lot. The writing in the Post, and in the Daily, and everywhere else suggests that it is true.
The last living souls who can still speak grammatically correct English will soon be passing on to join Mr. Kilpatrick at the grand English class in the sky. Here on earth, the English language will continue to be turned into mush. Good grammar in the United States has "gone missing."

WALTER BRYAN
1173 High Top Road
Linden
Aug. 19, 2010

Editor
Northern Virginia Daily

Sir:

An open letter to Congress, all state, county and incorporated area governments regarding the cause of the economic recession:

It's governmental overtaxation and overregulation, stupid!

The direction in which money flows has everything to do with the economy. The more money that flows to the four levels of government in the overtaxation of the corporate structure and personal incomes, the less money available to flow into the economy.
And speaking of the economy, China, Japan, Taiwan and Mexico have economies in America, but America itself has very little economy because it's very difficult to find American-made products in America. Isn't that amazing?

All four levels of government remind me of the bull in the china shop. The bull goes on a rampage, destroying every piece of china, and then looks around and says "What happened"? "Oh, well," says the bull, "the taxpayers will pay for all the damaged china because I cannot be held responsible for my actions so I'll just increase taxes to pay for the damaged china."

There's only one solution to stop political corruption and tax increases: to have every elected office in America be one four-year term only and the American people vote on all tax issues.

Incumbent re-election is when political corruption occurs, especially on the national and state levels because presidential, congressional, state legislative and governorship re-election campaigns cost millions of dollars. Thus one four-year term will eliminate this expensive nonsense and put a damper on special-interest groups' huge political contributions as well.

Elected officials who have the authority to tax and regulate claim we have a democracy with representation. Yes, we have a democracy, but we certainly do not have representation from any of the four levels of government -- only financial destruction.

I've said this before and I'll say this again: An overtaxed, overregulated democracy cannot long exist.

AL ASBURY
101 Perry Trailer Park Road
Mt. Jackson
Aug. 20, 2010

Editor
Northern Virginia Daily

Sir:

What's the big deal about urban deer eating their choice of shrubs, flowers and veggies from my back yard?

I'll tell you what the big deal is. The 1st fence I installed was too low -- my mistake. That was $400 down the drain. They still dined at their leisure. The second fence, 6 feet high did the trick. It cost $800 and I did not need or want the fence except for the deer.

The Jamestown deer dine on Braxton Road shrubs on Monday, Horseshoe Drive on Tuesday, Easterly on Wednesday, Marshall on Thursday and back to Jamestown on Friday. Then the cycle starts again.

Many localities have the same problem. I know several who have addressed it and have been successful.

The options are out there. Whose job is it to accept this challenge? I don't think it's up to the Town Council. Certainly it has to weigh in on procedures and methods, but who does the research?

It is as simple as contacting other localities who have "been there and done it." They have already overcome the obstacles. They know what to do. Use them.

I am an avid outdoorsman and a lover of all wildlife -- yes, deer included. The status quo is unacceptable and unfair to the deer.

The problem is solvable. It is not complicated. Now who in what capacity has the job description that fits this scenario?

It is not zoning or animal control. It isn't the Virginia Game Commission. It will offer lots of help and advice. It has helped and advised many localities, but it is not going to come in and do the job for us. We have to present the problem, draw up a solution and go from there.

Someone needs to step up to the plate.

This is not beyond the town's control. To say otherwise is irresponsible. The town is the only entity that can control it, or better, resolve it.

BILLY F. THOMAS
1055 Horseshoe Drive
Front Royal
Aug. 25, 2010

Editor
Northern Virginia Daily

Sir:

A review of the book "Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War," written by Andrew Bacevich.

Suppose China spent more on its military than every other nation combined, built hundreds of overseas garrisons, played aggressive war games and partitioned the planet into "command sectors," all while claiming its goal was world peace and stability.

Hey, wait, that's us. In this follow-up to his 2008 best-seller, "The Limits of Power," soldier-scholar Bacevich chronicles America's shift toward a perpetual state of what he calls "semiwar." It stems from the post-World War II notion that America's interests are best served not by leading by example but by projecting our military superiority overseas.
Bacevich introduces us to the early architects of these "Washington rules" -- Cold War power players like CIA chief Allen Dulles and Strategic Air Command boss Gen. Curtis LeMay -- and details how presidents from Truman to Obama have played along. He also goes after Gen. David Petraeus, arguing that his revival of counterinsurgency has all but guaranteed costly, open-ended commitment in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The triumph of the Washington rules has made us both weaker and poorer, Bacevich argues. Yet to question them is to risk political marginalization -- just ask Reps. Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich.

Will Washington ever curb its endless military adventure? Never, Bacevich concludes, unless we speak up.

And for all who choose to think the president is a Muslim, I'll leave you with a parting statement from George Carlin: "Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that."

WILLIAM P. KERKHOFF
225 Myrtle Ave.
Winchester
Aug. 22. 2010


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