God is opposed to homosexuality
Leonard Pitts, in his op-ed piece "The Bible and Homosexuality (May 4), cites a video by 22-year-old Matthew Vines, "The Gay Debate: The Bible And Homosexuality," in his contention that some "hide inside the Bible."
Vines arguments are nothing new. He sets up a series of straw men designed to distract listeners from the facts. A common straw man is the use of "homophobes," and "homophobia," designed to distract from the fact that most of those who are against homosexuality are not afraid of homosexuals, but love them and are genuinely concerned for the welfare of their souls and their health. Another is one referenced by Pitts, which is that "the frequently quoted condemnation ... from the Old Testament law book ... has no application to Christians, who are bound by the .. . New Testament."
The Old Testament should not be used as the sole authority, but it can be used to show that God has always been opposed to homosexuality, and to corroborate a New Testament exegesis.
Another straw man is based on 1 Corinthians 6:9-11. Vines contends that none of the original languages of the bible had a word that means or corresponds to the English word for gay. True, but, the New King James Version says that homosexuals will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Twenty one textual scholars combined their efforts to produce the New King James Version. They held respected positions at a number of respected universities and seminaries, with several centuries of combined scholarly and academic experience in the study of the Greek language and manuscripts of the biblical texts. These men are surely more qualified to translate the original languages than Vine, who spent two years researching and studying whether or not the bible condemns homosexuality. It still does, and he has done nothing to change that.
If I were president of the United States
If were elected president of the United, States, I would appoint Barack Obama ambassador to Egypt.
There would no longer be any union bosses. The "boss" would be a representative of the union to present their case for a wage increase or benefits to Congress, which would vote "yes" or "no" to the union's request.
If the corporation's CEO says they will shut down and go to a foreign country, Congress will decide "yes" or "no" to protect the jobs of the workers. If the corporation begins to lose money, Congress must vote a subsidy to keep the corporation in America...or let it go overseas.
I would cut military spending by 10 percent. I would freeze salaries of CEOs at $330,000 per year. The board of directors may not be larger than 12 and their fees may not be greater than a total of $100,000 per year. Any appropriation for new inventions to increase energy must be paid back in 10 years.
We must encourage more use of manpowered vehicles on safely designed roads for workers within four miles of their jobs.
The banks must return to the National Bank Charter system, which has specific rules to follow, and they are required to be audited annually.
Congress must restore funds to the Social Security Fund that were removed in previous years for "pork." All federal government pensions for members who served 1968-2011 must have their pensions cut by 10 percent to help restore the Social Security Fund.
All net income above $15,000 must be taxed at 5 percent for individuals and corporations. All prepaid taxes such as sales tax may be deducted from total income.
Regional jail opponent takes case to governor
This comes down to dollars and cents. This doesn't make sense, but it sure will spend a lot of taxpayer dollars.
April 30, 2012, I, Cindy Bailey and two other opponents met with Gov. Bob McDonnell's Director of Policy Development and Deputy Counselor, Jeff Palmore, regarding budgetary concerns and the RSW Regional Jail Project. A 30-minute meeting extended to 90, painted a bleak picture for Shenandoah County's economy.
Numerous discrepancies plague the regional jail project. A packet the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors recently shared with taxpayers only gave 2007-2009 costs for the regional jail - Shenandoah County's share, $13.8 million.
Supervisors neglected to share new costs provided by Davenport, the financial adviser for the uuthority, from 2011 and early 2012, showing Shenandoah County's share increasing to more than $20 million. Do Rappahannock taxpayers know their true financial obligation?
Shenandoah County's progressive board has skewed numbers regarding this project, not only with taxpayers but with Del. Todd Gilbert, Sen. Mark Obenshain and Gov. McDonnell.
The regional jail cost is more than $71.7 million; yearly operating cost to Shenandoah County, $3.6 million! Shenandoah County board of supervisors recently passed a resolution to borrow $89 million to finance construction of the regional jail, with flexibility to go to $100 million. The resolution clause in the RSW Regional Jail Authority Agreement states, "In the event the Commonwealth does not agree to fund 50 percent of the anticipated eligible construction cost, the authority shall not proceed to construct the Regional Jail unless approval is received from the governing bodies of each of the Member Jurisdictions."
This resolution was suggested by Sheriff Tim Carter and demanded by taxpayers to protect the amount of our obligation, because no local cap has been placed on this project. The state cap is $32.8 million, well below the 50 percent we were promised. Davenport has already reported state funding will be below 45 percent. Additional unknown costs include architectural fees, water, sewer, travel.