Letters to the Editorhttp://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/LettersAll the FLS News Lettersen-usajschmdit@fredericksburg.comsupport@fredericksburg.com We reserve our bile for a bunch of childrenhttp://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2014/072014/07312014/849454 CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas<span style="font-family:Prensa-Regular;">--If one were looking for an occasion to convene fellow protesters, to make signs and placards, to post picket lines, and to compose protest chants, many possibilities present themselves.</span> For example, why aren't we more angry and vocal about climate change, which appears to be threatening us, not in the distant future, but right now?... Lethal, eventuallyhttp://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2014/072014/07312014/849327 A<span style="font-family:Prensa-Regular;">NOTHER excruciating execution <line/> by lethal injection should put <line/> every state that uses capital punishment on high alert. It has become painfully evident, especially to the condemned, that they aren't making the cocktail like they used to.</span> Though Virginia has not used lethal injection in three years (Robert Charles Gleason Jr. chose the electric chair in January 2013)--and hasn't scheduled a date with death for any of its eight current death row inmates--Department of Corrections spokesman Larry Traylor said recently that Virginia would retain the sedative midazolam as part of its lethal injection protocol....In a war of cultures, which one will survive?http://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2014/072014/07312014/849249 In a war of cultures, which one will survive? In view of current world conditions and recent events in places like Gaza, Nigeria, Sudan and Syria, I believe the following comments are as germane as they were when written and are food for thought....Blame liberal media for country's illshttp://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2014/072014/07312014/849244 Blame liberal media for country's ills Op-ed columns recently from left-wing social progressives are replete with misinformation and outright untruths.... Congress needs to stop bickering, get to work http://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2014/072014/07312014/849239 Premise: No party has all the smarts, therefore no one party should have all the power! Look at it this way: There are three groups running this country: the Supreme Court, Congress and White House gangs.... Go outside main political parties for answershttp://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2014/072014/07312014/848800 <span style="font-family:Prensa-Semibold;">T</span><span style="font-family:Prensa-Regular;">HE UNITED STATES is hemorrhaging along the Rio Grande as the number of "unaccompanied children" crossing from Mexico into the United States is increasing at an alarming rate. In 2011, it was about 6,500. In 2012 it was 13,699. In 2013, it was almost 25,000. For the past 9 months, the number is about 57,000. The bleeding is unsustainable.</span> President Obama's temporary fix is to secure supplemental funding in the amount of $3.7 billion. Most of that would go the Department of Health and Human Services to house, feed, and take care of the children. However, as reported by the New Republic, Virginia Congressman Bob Goodlatte, House judiciary chairman, called the proposal a "slap in the face" as "it comes to tens of thousands of dollars for every one of those children."... He gave his life following family's footstepshttp://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2014/072014/07312014/848607 ATLANTA<span style="font-family:Prensa-Regular;">--Robert and Linda Ollis were on an August 2013 trip to London when they were awakened by a call from back home. Their oldest daughter, Kimberly, needed to relay a neighbor's troubling message.</span> "There were two soldiers at our door," Linda said. "They were looking for us."... More effort is needed to preserve Fredericksburg's rich historyhttp://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2014/072014/07312014/845402 On a seemingly perfect evening as friends and donors to Stafford County's 350th anniversary gathered on the riverside lawn of Chatham to celebrate the dedication of Pratt Park's new outdoor music venue, I saw something that broke the festive mood. In one of the more spectacular views across the Rappahannock River, new intrusions broke through the skyline that will forever mar this historic vista. What I could clearly see on this June evening were the mechanical systems boxes on the roof of the new Fredericksburg courthouse. It was not lost on me that just that morning, I sat with Fredericksburg City council member Matt Kelly to talk about ways that the city and the national park could share each other's plans so that the unique and valued historic properties of one of America's earliest--an arguably one of its most historic--cities could be better protected as new and upgraded development proposals are brought forward for consideration. We agreed that both entities suffered from having to "react" to development, rather than having the opportunity to plan what would best serve our community now and into the foreseeable future....