Letters to the Editorhttp://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/LettersAll the FLS News Lettersen-usajschmdit@fredericksburg.comsupport@fredericksburg.com Pride, not pay, reward for finishing work earlyhttp://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2014/102014/10012014/860038 Pride, not pay, reward for finishing work early According to The Free Lance-Star, it looks like the Fall Hill Avenue bridge will open earlier than expected ["Bridge to reopen early," Sept. 25]....Nannyism wastes foodhttp://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2014/102014/10012014/860030 Nannyism wastes food This is regarding the Sept. 28 letter from Larry Bickman titled "Overindulging."...Giving with one hand, taking with the other?http://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2014/102014/10012014/860027 Giving with one hand, taking with the other? This is regarding the Spotsylvania County real estate tax rebate ["Spotsy tax rebate proposal draws mixed reviews," Sept. 28].... Putting 'do the right thing' over ruleshttp://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2014/102014/10012014/859753 O<span style="font-family:Prensa-Regular;">F THE COUNTLESS <line/>lessons we've learned <line/> from liberals over the past few years, none is more critical than this: If Democrats find an issue important enough and if doing something feels like the "right thing," Barack Obama has the power to act without any regard for separation of powers. So what makes anyone believe that war would be any different?</span> ... Proposing a deal in lodge issuehttp://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2014/102014/10012014/859621 Although a denizen of Stafford County, I have long ties to the city of Fredericksburg, and thus feel authorized to weigh in on the controversy surrounding demolition of the Masonic Lodge on the premises of the projected Riverfront Park. My family actually used to own a property two lots down from the location of the lodge, and I certainly am familiar with it and its history.... In times of crisis, we yearn for idealized pasthttp://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2014/102014/10012014/859546 WASHINGTON<span style="font-family:Prensa-Regular;">--True or false: (a) The United States was founded on the principle of separation of church and state; (b) Six out of 10 Americans want politicians with strong religious beliefs; (c) Almost half the people want their churches to weigh in on political issues.</span> If you said "true" to all of the above, consider yourself well-informed on cultural values in your country.... Civil forfeiturehttp://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2014/102014/10012014/859480 I<span style="font-family:Prensa-Regular;">T SEEMED LIKE a good idea. So did kudzu, once upon a time. In 1970, Congress passed a law permitting the seizure of property from the Mafia and major drug smugglers. It appeared to be a good way to put pressure on organized crime.</span> But it got out of hand. More and more laws were passed that enabled federal and state agents to seize money and property from a wide variety of suspected criminals, even if no crime was proved to have been committed, even if the suspects were never charged. Billions of dollars have been seized, much of it in highway stops that begin with something as minor as a busted taillight.... But military commanders may disagreehttp://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2014/102014/10012014/859264 WASHINGTON<span style="font-family:Prensa-Regular;">--Discordant notes from the Obama administration recently were widely interpreted as a collision between a war-weary president and a gung-ho military. And it was easy to see why.</span> President Obama ordered airstrikes against Islamic State militants, but promised that no U.S. ground troops would enter the fray. "The American forces deployed to Iraq do not--and will not--have a combat mission," he vowed....