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Atheist Dave Silverman is twisting the Constitution and attacking your rights

Posted by Stephen on July 27, 2011

When I went to visit the site of the World Trade Center after 9/11 I experienced moments that are hard to put into words. It was powerful. It was sad. It was moving in a way I can never really explain. It was also inspirational.

Standing with my face pinned to the chain link fence that surrounded the site, my heart beat with such verocity I felt as though it might explode. My eyes fixed on one object in the midst of twisted steel, dirt and massive pieces of broken concrete. I fought back tears. I wanted to climb the fence and make my over to this singular object standing alone in a field of rubble. It amazes me, even today, how impacting the sight of two pieces of steel continues to be.

Now Dave Silverman, head of The American Atheists, wants to take that memory away by filing suit to remove two pieces of steel that he has decided prevents him from expanding his atheist viewpoint.

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VaPERL Consumer groups warn about legality of some car-title loans

Posted by Stephen on June 10, 2011

From The Staunton News Leader

Virginians who took out a car-title loan in recent months, as well as those who arranged a short-term “payday” loan online may be parties to an illegal transaction, consumer advocates say.

But that could give borrowers some protection against lender abuses, according to Jay Speer, of the Virginia Poverty Law Center.

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Santorum Enters GOP Presidential Contest

Posted by Stephen on June 6, 2011

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum announced Monday that he is entering the race for the Republican presidential nomination, saying he’s “in it win it.”

“We’re ready to announce that we’re going to be in this race,” Santorum said on a television news show ahead of a rally in Somerset, Pa. He will then fly to Iowa for events on June 7, and to New Hampshire on June 8-9.

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Gingrich Accuses Obama of ‘Dishonest Scare Tactics,’ Calls for New GOP ‘Contract’ for 2012

Posted by Stephen on May 12, 2011

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich came out swinging at President Obama in his first TV interview after announcing his candidacy for president, telling Fox News’ Sean Hannity that Obama “should be ashamed of himself” for distorting Republican positions.

“This is not about one person in the Oval Office. This is about millions of Americans deciding that together we can win the future with the right policies leading to the right outcomes,” Gingrich said. “And then we have to … win the argument that President Obama has the wrong policies, and they lead to the wrong outcomes.”

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We Shall Never Forget: VA Tech April 16, 2007

Posted by Stephen on April 16, 2011

On April 16, 2007 the following column was posted. On this day each year it is published once again in rememberance of the tragic events that day.

On this day the world has stopped. War means little. Gas prices don’t matter, and life’s rough spots seem petty. Today 32 innocent people have been taken from us. Future engineers, leaders, mothers, and fathers lost at the hands of an insane gunman.

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Michael Lane: Usury

Posted by Stephen on June 25, 2010

Letter from Michael Lane

At times, it seems as if Congress is the most dysfunctional institution in the nation; however, the Virginia General Assembly can give them a run for their money. For several years now the leadership of the General Assembly has been faced with a simple question: Should we ban usury and predatory lending in Virginia or protect it under the guise of the free market economy?

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Shock and Horror at Virginia Tech: April 16, 2007

Posted by Stephen on April 15, 2010

For many of us, that spring day in April 2007 will live an infinite life. For many involved there never has been, nor will there be, an answer to the maddening questions that still exist. “Why” simply has no place in our thoughts because no answer exists that will allow people to sleep with the lights off, or take a breath without feeling tightness in our chest.

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Editorial: “Predatory lending made easy”

Posted by Stephen on July 14, 2009

By Dan Casey

Dan Casey is The Roanoke Times’ metro columnist.

dan.casey
@roanoke.com
981-4423

Sooner or later I will leave this job at The Roanoke Times.

And lately, I’ve been thinking about the future after a long and fun newspaper career. I will go into business for myself. It will be a consumer lending (ahem) store. I’ll call it “Casey’s Rip-off Loans.” The motto will be “The Loan Shark You Will Love.” And our advertising slogan will be, “We cheat you honestly, unlike those other chiselers.”

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Loan-Shark Lenders Have Date With Hangman: Jane Bryant Quinn

Posted by Stephen on June 4, 2009

. “The consumer-credit industry can dream up any sneaky product it wants and no one polices it for harm.”

Commentary by Jane Bryant Quinn

June 3 (Bloomberg) — Pity the neighborhood loan shark.

The credit-card companies have stolen his customers by taking a softer approach to charging outrageous interest rates. During the subprime lending boom, mortgage banks shouldered into shark territory, too.

Loan sharks are called mobsters. Thieving legitimate lenders are called capitalists — free to impose any terms short of kneecapping on their troubled borrowers. Washington treated capitalist sharks as role models and beloved campaign contributors — that is, until the economy collapsed and debtors (aka voters) emitted a collective scream.

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Virginia House Panel Gives Its OK to Predatory Loans

Posted by Stephen on February 12, 2009

The News & Advance
Published: February 12, 2009

A House of Delegates committee has endorsed car title loans with exorbitant interest rates that can exceed 300 percent annually.

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