Thanks for your honesty


To the editor:

A big thank you to the nice person who found my keys at Wal-mart on Sunday, Feb. 10, and turned them in. God bless you for doing this good deed.

Barbara Monk


Today’s youth offer promise for the future

To the editor:

Last week I had the privilege of assisting my daughter, who is a sponsor for Roxboro Community School’s Beta Club. I was a chaperone at their state convention and I would like to share some of my thoughts about the two days I spent with more than 2,500 high school young men and women in Greensboro.

I was highly impressed with all of the students and the schools represented. It started at the opening ceremony with the honor guard, Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem, with everyone in attendance participating.

I was also impressed with the open acknowledgments about God from all the officers and many of the students through their speeches and words of thanks, and through many skits and songs presented.

Furthermore, I was very impressed with the talent of these young leaders not only with their scholastic abilities in everything from chemistry and math to woodworking, but equally impressed with their singing, dancing and theatrical talents.

To top that off, there were creative and clever campaign speeches, slogans and skits by the candidates and their teams running for state officer positions. Again, I was truly impressed!

I left this convention feeling much better about this next generation of young adults. During the entire time, I never heard a negative or rude remark. I never heard a curse word. I saw students cheering and supporting fellow Beta members from other schools and groups. I saw all of them having fun, with their friends and complete strangers. It was also great to see RCS students win awards in chemistry and math.

I saw the future leaders of our state and country in that large room that week. It reminded me of the times I attended state and national FFA conventions when I was in high school.... I was proud then, and I’m proud now of the students, their instructors and sponsors. To paraphrase something said earlier this month, “The State of Our “Future” is Strong!”

L. Phillip Walker


Green New Deal is a bad idea

To the editor:

A Congressional resolution called the Green New Deal was recently announced by freshman congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). The plan’s name was adapted from Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal, a plan which was hoped to lift Depression-era

Americans out of joblessness, homelessness and starvation.

The stated purpose of GND is to “save the planet” by eliminating carbon dioxide emissions from burning coal, natural gas and gasoline.

The real purpose of GND is to allow Democrats to install socialism to control every major part of America’s economy.

Here’s a partial list of GND “benefits”:

• Destroy America’s industrial base by killing off the petroleum, natural gas, coal, heavy equipment, manufacturing, automotive and aviation industries. GND demands 99 percent of all gaspowered cars off our roads by 2030.

• Renovate every home, business and government building in America for energy efficiency.

• Free Medicare for all. Except it isn’t Medicare – it’s socialized, government-run, single-payer,

VA-quality healthcare. Medicare and all private health insurance are eliminated.

• Free higher education – college and trade school.

• High-speed rail, to replace those fuel-gulping airlines.

• Create “high-quality” jobs building windmills and solar panels, paying whatever Democrats decide is a living wage.

• Provide “safe, affordable, adequate housing,” maybe even better than Cabrini Green Homes.

• Best of all, the government will provide “economic security for all who are unable or unwilling to work.”

Unsurprisingly, chaos erupted within hours of the release of the Green New Deal. Soon, Ocasio-Cortez’s office pulled the plan off public websites. A little editing didn’t help, so they removed it entirely for a major overhaul.

The Dems are doing serious backpedaling now.

In Person County we have about 45,000 motor vehicles. Would you modify your family’s vehicles to run on electricity, or would you swap them at a junkyard for a horse and buggy?

What about the heavy equipment for your business? Maybe the Democrats will sell you a special permit to buy their diesel fuel, until you can find an electric backhoe.

We have about 16,000 homes here in Person County. How will you “upgrade or replace” your home to meet the new, Democrat-mandated codes for “state-of-the-art energy efficiency”?

Undoubtedly, if implemented exactly as presented, the Green New Deal would likely throw many millions of Americans into joblessness, homelessness and starvation.

The costs? Ocasio-Cortez assumes World War II levels of spending to pay for the Green New Deal. Over the next 10 years, federal spending explodes from our current $44 trillion to $84 - $105 trillion. “Tax the rich”?

Not even close! And, if we print money to cover these costs, we will look like Venezuela within 2-3 years.

Is the Green New Deal even necessary? For 90 percent of the last 10,000 years, Earth was warmer than our present climate, without any exhaust from SUVs, airplanes or coal-fired power plants. Apparently, CO2 isn’t driving our climate after all.

Andy Withers



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