Letters to the Editorhttp://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/LettersAll the FLS News Lettersen-usajschmdit@fredericksburg.comsupport@fredericksburg.com Keep new abortion clinic standardshttp://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2014/072014/07232014/848086 Keep new abortion clinic standards The standards implemented by the Virginia Board of Health were not done for political ideology. Abortion centers need to be treated like outpatient surgical centers to protect women....Warner has record of bipartisanshiphttp://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2014/072014/07232014/848084 Warner has record of bipartisanship In his July 10 letter ["Warner's actions don't match his words"], Steve Chalke characterized Sen. Mark Warner's positions as "extreme" and Ed Gillespie's as "sensible."... Protect the airport from encroachmenthttp://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2014/072014/07232014/848080 Recent actions by various boards and commissions concerning the future of the Stafford Regional Airport have been very encouraging to this writer. First, the county's Planning Commission recommended that the Board of Supervisors not approve a rezoning request that, if approved, would impact the future of the airport by limiting its expansion and development. I commend them for their action.... A self-serving definition of patriotismhttp://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2014/072014/07232014/847725 S<span style="font-family:Prensa-Regular;">O Barack Obama is again using one of the most contemptible phrases in American politics--"economic patriotism."</span> There are many credible reasons to despise this rhetorical construct. Patriotism, after all, is the attachment to one's homeland, a nationalistic devotion to one's country and the values that make it great. If a person not only resists things that are "patriotic" but opposes them, then logic dictates that the person is being unpatriotic. So the president is really asking one question: Why do you hate America?... Debate morehttp://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2014/072014/07232014/847587 E<span style="font-family:Prensa-Regular;">VER SINCE the Virginia Bar Association announced that Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Warner and his Republican challenger Ed Gillespie had agreed to a debate hosted by the VBA this weekend, political wags have mocked one fact--the debate will be held in West Virginia, not Virginia. </span> That's because the VBA's annual meeting is being held at The Greenbrier, the famous hot springs resort hotel, which is in West Virginia. It's not the first time the VBA has met there, nor the first time a debate in a statewide race for a Virginia political office has been held there.... Politicians are shackled by pledges they signhttp://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2014/072014/07232014/847583 S<span style="font-family:Prensa-Regular;">HOULD DOCTORS who are behind on their taxes be tapped to repair the nation's highway system?</span> If you answered "what?" or "that sounds like a nonsensical question," well, you are clearly not ready for a career in Congress....Science not settledhttp://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2014/072014/07232014/846663 Science not settled Leonard Pitts' June 30 op-ed ["If we ignore warning light, will it go away?"] is both offensive and irrational.... Don't call them corrupt; call them customershttp://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2014/072014/07232014/840601 W<span style="font-family:Prensa-Regular;">HY DOES the United States continue the flow of aid to nations that torture and execute people based on their religious beliefs? The aid to foreign nations is actually a jobs program for American workers, but does this really justify assisting barbarism?</span> One of the worst offenders of human rights and violators of religious freedom in the world today is Pakistan. In 2012 Pakistan received $3 billion in aid, of which $1.6 billion was "security" or military related. Some of those funds even went to the court system that all too often prosecutes Christians for "blasphemy."...