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Editor: 

Looks like Winston Salem is going to scrap their trolleys as it cost $23 per rider.

with a $33,000,000 shortfall, VB can ill afford to have the Paul Fraim choo choo. 

Stand by for another tax increase. 

What is the unfunded liability now?  Was $500,000,000. 

Ben Krause

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Editor:

Although we hear little about it, we should be concerned about pending legislation that could  destroy our sovereignty as a free and independent nation.  

We already have NAFTA which is responsible for the loss of many jobs to outsourcing.  Then there is the pending TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) which would merge our country into a regional government in the Pacific.  

Sold as a means of beating out China in trade agreements, we are not told how China could join TPP later on in spite of our objections. 

In addition, TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) would merge us with the EU which is now comprised of what were once sovereign nations in Europe, having been sold on it that it would help their economy.

Now, there is yet another to add to the mix, TiSA (Trade in Services Agreement). As if it isn’t enough that much of American manufacturing production has already been shipped out, leaving services as the main stay of the American economy, now services are on the chopping block. 

The TiSA would give the UN’s World Trade Organization (WTO) unprecedented control over the service sector, including jobs in banking, finance, courier and postal services, delivery and freight services, energy distribution, health care, insurance, maritime, professional services, legal services, licensing, real estate, telecommunications, transportation, tourism, and much more. See the full report:

We need to insist that our legislators vote against this threat to our country.

Sue Long - North, VA

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[Ed's note:  This was sent to VNS prior to Kim Davis' release.  It still is relevant.]

Editor: 

County clerk Kim Davis attests that her beliefs in Christ and biblical principles won't allow her to issue same-sex marriage licenses. 

As the first Christian to be imprisoned for peaceful religious conscience regarding this issue, I would encourage her to write a letter in her Kentucky jail about the injustice – just as Martin Luther King did in 1963 in a Birmingham jail. And she could employ the exact same points that King used in his commentary...

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Letter to editor:

First off, saw the movie WAR ROOM with my wife. Incredible. See it. Nuff said.

Second, the blessings that flowed in and around the theater were the biggest surprise, and only reinforced the power of the film's message.

We were coming out of the Cracker Barrel near the theater on our way to the film. I was holding the door for some black ladies who were obviously dressed for church services, and a older man finally took the door and said "Thanks, bless you."

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Editor:   

When it comes to social and political causes, the ignorance and invective prevalent among polarized camps are largely based on the fact that people evade the root problem. It's like debating plans on how to build a structure without any thought to the mortar or fasteners to hold it all together. In the case of racial equality, for example, most choose not to heed what Martin Luther King clarified as the priorities, even as they carelessly compare their own wide-ranging agendas to his example. 

In his Letter from A Birmingham Jail(1963), he wrote at length about his efforts for justice, and then cemented them with foundations higher and stronger than courts, politicians, and popular opinion:

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