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2 Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 THE JOURNAL www.journalpress.com VIRGINIA VIEWPOINTS Finally, given a choice, shouldn't we also, in m rking a hiring decision, consider what these young men and women have done for their country? The unemployment rate for returning veterans in Virginia is 12.2% as compared with 5.5% for rest of the working population. It's a serious problem. However, its solution, narrowing that gap, and getting veterans back into the workforce isn't necessarily a government responsibility. Rather, it's something that we as a community need to encourage and support. If you're an employer and are ready to hire someone, a veteran brings a lot to the interview. Just consider the nature of military service. It's DAVID S. KERR about self-discipline, being organized, being efficient, and most of all, about getting the job done. These young men and women have handled all kinds of responsibilities and assignments that required leadership and attention to detail. They know all about getting up in the morning, about being on time, and about listening to instructions. They're also used to making do with what they have, being innovative, and most importantly taking the initiative. Could there be a better employee? That's not to say that every veteran is a fit for every job. They're who came home suffering from PTSD and other not, but what they learn in the military can be a related combat induced mental conditions are as great asset to a potential employer. A friend of anxious as any of their comrades to return to normal mine, who recently left the Navy, had, during life. For many, it's about getting that chance. his service, qualified for a cryogenics program. Veterans, however, have demonstrated one Cryogenics, in a nutshell, is the technology the problem in applying for civilian jobs. Perhaps it's Navy uses to make oxygen for pilots and liquid because translating military training and experience nitrogen for cooling. This field has a significant into civilian skills can sometimes be difficult. But, math requirement that includes Calculus. Calculus it shouldn't be. The skills a young soldier, airman, still gives me nightmares. Thing is, I knew his math marine, or sailor learns are highly useful in the classes in high school only extended to Algebra I. civilian environment. Most have had responsibility And in this he was no star. for all sorts of complex equipment. They know about When I asked him about this, he said it was hard, leading teams and about finishing an assignment. buthelearnedthemathheneededalongtheway.As They're also good communicators. Explaining someone who barely survived his college calculus a situation, or a problem, and recommending a "learning it along the way" isn't something I could solution is something the military stresses at all easily imagine doing. But, that's the attitude you levels. Certainly this skill would come in handy in a get from many veterans. Thanks to a combination sales call or at a job site. of intelligence, focus, and confidence, they can Finally, given a choice, shouldn't we also, in readily learn the skills they need: making a hiring decision, consider what these I have been a little distressed that all the publicity young men and women have done for their about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and various country? They went to war, many being deployed other injuries suffered in combat, has left some three of four times, and now, they're returning to responsible people thinking that many of our civilian life. They sacrificed for us. Maybe it's time veterans are like Sylvester Stallone in Rambo. I don't we did them a good turn. know whether to laugh or to cry. That image is a You may reach David Kerr at kerr@journalpress. Hollywood creation. The young men and women corn DANIEL L. GARDNER Patrick Henry is probably best known for his statement, "Give me liberty or give me death!" I love an- other Henry statement you won't find in any of today's textbooks: "It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosper- ity, and freedom of worship here?' These words and ,confirmation are much too plain for any politically correct (PC) person to acknowledge. I'm not sure whether newspapers can even publish such a statement today. Is it legal for a newspaper to print radical Christian statements about our government? Isn't there a wall of separation between government and religion? The PC crowd bristles when political commentary includes the name Jesus Christ or makes any claim about Christianity, especially in context of our Founding Fathers' intentions or beliefs. Can't go there! Patrick Henry was right when he said because Christians founded our prosperity, and nation, "peoples of other faiths have man march Muslims are planning been afforded asylum, prosperity, for September 11 this year in Wash- and freedom of worship here:' Go ington? Because Muslims have been anywhere else in the world and this harassed more than any other reli- is not true. Look at northern Africa gious group in America since 911 in or the Middle East. Jihadists are kill- 20017 1 don't think so. ing Christians by the thousands in Christians and Muslims are not the name of Islam. Yet these s'ame ji- at war with each other. Indeed we hadists can find refuge and freedom live peaceably together in America of religion here in America because because Christians founded our Christians founded our nation, nation. In the PC Obama administration, Christians founded our nation with it's no longer ok to read a Bible or guarantees of rights and liberties for practice Christianity in the military, all citizens. Americans have fought But, we have to acknowledge internal and external wars to protect Muslims' rights to pray five times a and defend those rights and liberties day. Why is that? for peoples of all faiths. Have you heard about the million What does this have to do with national politics? We need to re- member who we are as a nation. Are we a Christian nation? No, but we are a nation founded by Christians on Christian values and liberties. PC police and progressive politicians deny this of course, and have tried to remove all Christian values from our children's textbooks and schools. As we begin another school year, we should be careful to teach our children the values our Founders cherished. The generation that rejects these values and rebels against the God Who gave us these rights and liberties is the generation that will lose these rights and liberties. And, our leaders should be reminded that our first president, George Washington said, "It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible?' America began well because Christians founded our nation, in the words of Patrick Henry, "not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ?' Daniel L. Gardner is a syndicated columnist who lives in Starkville, MS. You may contact him at Daniel@ DanLGardnercom BEWARE OF PARTISAN long and honorable King George pushed by the Tea Party members CANDIDATES FOR THE KG tradition where all candidates ran as of congress. The Tea Party has been BOARD OF SUPERVISORS nonpartisans, successful in making a congressional There are really good reasonsimpact since2010. Are you happy with the gridlock to keep our county Board of Now a good deal of their effort is in Congress? Think that type of Supervisors nonpartisan. It is being exerted at a grassroots level. partisanship and gridlock would obvious looking at Washington in In King George the first step is to get be good for King George too? recent years that partisanship can be Rich Lorey, a KG Tea Party leader Well then vote for Rich Lorey for paralyzing and frankly just plain bad elected. There are 3 other candidates Board of Supervisors in .the James for Americans. vying for the Board seat in the James Monroe District! I say this because As amazing as it seems, thereMonroe District and they are all he in running as a Republican are some in Congress now who are running as nonpartisan candidates. Party candidate in defiance of the willing to defund the government Partisan politics has no role in our instead of giving up some of their local elections and our policy making THANK YOU rigidity and trying to compromise, process. Sure our current Board The consequences of a government members cast their votes in different Ebb Tide Beach Community shutdown would have catastrophic directions in state and national thanks the following merchants for effects on many normal American elections. But, to their credit, they their generosity in providing gifts but I guess that does not matter recognize that they are to work as a and merchandise for our annual to many. This shutdown is being team to solve problems that involve Independence Day Celebration benefiting the Oak Grove Volunteer Fire Department. Bobby K's High Tides Restaurant 7-Eleven - C.B. Bowie's Hardware NAPA Auto Parts - C.B. Rankin Hardware Seaside Restaurant McDonalds Restaurant Fat Fredds Restaurant Dockside Restaurant Deatly's Auto Repair Denson's Grocery Tattle Tale Gift Shop Northern Neck Building Supply Art of Coffee Papa John's Pizza Ledos Restaurant Custom Touche Upholstery NAPA Auto Parts - Montross Hall's Market things such as local budgets, schools, roads, fire & rescue issues etc. Being elected as nonpartisan members allows them to concentrate on the issues and not on a party label. Our local issues have nothing to do with party politics and we need to keep it that way. Just like most people, I have party leanings when it comes to state and national elections but I know one thing for sure, I will never vote for a partisan candidate for the Board of Supervisors no matter what party nominates them. That is a no brainer. 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