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Finally, there is full agreement between the president and the speaker of the House of Representatives. John Boehner, in a Wall Street Journal op-ed piece Feb. 18, declared what President Obama has said many times recently: The approaching sequester will destroy the economy and seriously jeopardize national security.

It's good to have this rapport after the country barely avoided going over the fiscal cliff, with our leadership in disarray.

There is a minor disagreement as to who's responsible for the danger of sequestration, but they have a mutual way to solve this, too.

Both will use the same formula to settle the problem.

The formula is, "Find out who's to blame, and blame 'em."

GLENN AYERS
MONETA


Woodrum was a lawmaker who cared

Re: the death of Chip Woodrum:

Dels. Chip Woodrum and Dick Cranwell were speaking at a meeting at the highway department one evening when I approached them about getting back the mandatory six-month leave pregnant women once had to take (three months before and three after birth). It is hard to believe these days, but it happened.

Some females throughout the state were very appreciative of Woodrum, who talked with us and gathered information for a bill.

He proceeded to introduce the bill in January 1998, and it passed:

House Bill 142 "provides that state employees shall receive up to two years' service credit for involuntary maternity leave if such leave occurred between Jan. 1, 1964, and Nov. 16, 1973, and the member has not withdrawn all accumulated contributions."

While there weren't that many of us in the system by 1997, we were glad to have our time back.

Many times after this, I would see Chip and we would laugh about this experience.

He had a great sense of humor and was a caring person.

Many will miss him.

Thank you, Chip.

PATRICIA W. BRUCE
ROANOKE


America should turn to God's law

Thank you for Tom Taylor's commentary Feb. 6 ("Limit man-made laws; return to God's").

And thank you, Tom Taylor. How powerful and true.

He said it all. We need to live by what God's word tells us.

There are many examples in the Bible that show us that when we do, we will be blessed,, and when we don't live God's way, judgment is on its way.

Taylor quoted President John Adams, "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the governance of any other."

President Ronald Reagan said, "If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under."

America needs to turn to God.

CARMEN DeGRAFF
BUENA VISTA


The rich can't carry entire tax burden

The president has come out again with the left-wing rhetoric that Republicans care only about rich people.

This is not only patently false, it is insulting. As a proud conservative, I couldn't care less if people make a lot of money and become rich as long as it is done legally. If not, then the law will take care of them.

What I, and my conservative brothers and sisters, care about is the perpetuation of this great nation by the tried and true method of capitalism.

Wealth creates jobs, jobs create income, income results in taxes and taxes pay for military protection, roads, bridges and other necessary infrastructure. These are the things the Constitution says the federal government is responsible for. How is that a bad thing?

How else do the president and his left-wing minions think these things get done?

Apparently, they think that taking all the money from the rich will do it.

Then what happens?

There are no rich, so there are no jobs, so there are no taxes and the country goes bankrupt, which is apparently what the left wing wants, as this is the direction we are headed.

PAULA DOSS
ROANOKE


A voter's case of buyer's remorse

Please limit the presidential term to one, and that with four-year probation or impeachment, whichever comes first.

We, the American people, have common sense enough to understand the reasons why.

There is no sense in wishful thinking after the fact.

JOSE ELACATE
ROANOKE


Va. could get serious about seat belts

If the state really wants to get more people to wear their seat belts, Virginia should do like other states: Charge violators $250 to $500 for not wearing them as a primary offense. People care more about their money than their lives or those of the people in the car with them.

However, that would be infringing on their rights.

JIM PITTENDRIGH
BOONES MILL

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