Archive for August, 2009

August 28, 2009

A new season as Warrior football opens Saturday August 29th.

With the memory of a 3-9 2008 season hanging over his head, Warrior football head coach Kelly Scott has a big season ahead of him in the opener of the 2009 season against Faulkner on the 29th.

This will be the second time that these schools have met with the warriors coming out with a big first time meeting win 26-7 back during the 07-08 NAIA college football season. The warrior running game seemed to lack an offensive influence in the game as the Eagles defense held the warriors to only 62 rushing yards the entire game. Can the ground unit break a thousand yard season as the warriors open the football season to a familiar face in that of the Faulkner Eagles?

This should mark the the forth season as head coach for Kelly Scoot who at one point in time coached as a high-school defensive head coach at Lake Wales Senior high-school as well as a start at a college coaching career as a defensive coordinator with the South Carolina Gamecocks.

Coach Scott your groove should be set and we want to see what it is as far as a football aspect you have to give to a demanding public that the warrior football team has come to attract. You once carried the team to placing a national ranking and developed scouting potential when the aspects of the NAIA All independent team is expressed.

This also marks the first season that the warrior atletic department will be aid with musical inspration. Webber International University now has an active band that should make its debut at the first home game of the season on the 29th. This is alot to look forward to as the warriors come to kick things off.

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August 27, 2009

Please save our homes from property taxes.

The following is the response that I received last congressional sessional as the legislators called for a special session to identify the special needs towards property tax considerations that Floridians have been concerned with.

The response has come from state senator J.D Alexander during the last congressional session as the assumption of Homestead exemptions had been considered for Florida residents.

Thank You

Aaron Shaw

Thank you for taking the time to voice your concerns. The Special Session called for property tax reform has ended. After listening to concerned citizens around the state for the past six months, every legislator came back to Tallahassee with the goal of providing tax relief to our citizens. The old saying that there is more than one right answer to a problem is very evident in this issue and we have listen and tried to implement many of the “right” answers to this problem. The bill, amendment, and resolution passed will affect every citizen and I believe that we have started down the right path of providing property tax relief through this legislation. I have provided a short explanation of the legislation that was passed:

The Bill:

Beginning this year, every category of property taxpayer will benefit from the rollback, cut and cap that the local governments will be required to implement.
The legislation requires that all cities and counties reduce property taxes in the upcoming 2007-2008 fiscal year to the 2006-2007 revenue levels, minus 3-9%. The level of cuts (3%, 5%, 7%, or 9%) is determined by a formula that analyzes the local government’s annual tax increase per person over the past 5 years, measured against the statewide average.
The bill protects fiscally constrained municipalities. These municipalities are not subject to a reduction factor.
Additionally, the bill protects fiscally constrained cities and counties. These local governments are placed in the 3% reduction bracket, and are not measured by their taxing performance over the past 5 years.
The bill treats all Independent Special Districts uniformly with a 3% reduction factor.
Dependent districts and MSTU’s that provide emergency medical and fire rescue services are placed in the 3% reduction group.
The Constitutional Amendment:
If the constitutional amendment is approved by the voters, it will increase the homestead exemption. The new homestead exemption will exempt 75 percent of the first $200,000 in just value, with a minimum exemption of $50,000 per homestead. Additionally, homestead property will receive an exemption of 15 percent on just value from $200,001 to $500,000. This $500,000 limit is automatically increased each year by per capita Florida personal income, and may be increased by a 2/3 vote of the Legislature.
Under this legislation low-income seniors are guaranteed a minimum exemption of $100,000. All other homeowners are guaranteed a minimum exemption of $50,000.
Current homeowners will have the choice to retain the Save Our Homes benefit on their current home as long as they like. They will have the option any year to switch to the new increased homestead exemption. (After making the switch, homeowners may not switch back to Save Our Homes.)
The Joint Resolution:
The joint resolution preserves all existing constitutional exemptions based on special circumstances, including those now provided to disabled veterans, low income seniors and agricultural lands.
The joint resolution creates an exemption from ad valorem taxes on tangible personal property (TPP) of at least $25,000, and waives the requirement that an annual return be filed for tangible personal property valued less than $25,000.
The resolution assesses affordable housing based on use.
In addition, the resolution allows working waterfronts to be assessed as provided by general law.
This proposal creates an equitable property tax system. Floridians will be taxed based on the value of their home, rather than how long they have lived there. Homes of equal value can be taxed equally. Taxpayers will no longer experience drastic spikes under this plan, which ties tax increases to personal income growth and new construction.

JD Alexander

Senate District 17

August 25, 2009

What is a Hate Crime?

As an american citizen it is not cutsomary for me to witness or experience a hate crime althought under the defined consideration it is the sole reason that this nation has seemingly come to survive for the over 200 some odd years. As defined a hate crime is primarily a socialy influenced type of crime that may bring friends against friends in a lamens approach of the assumption behind the concept of a “hate crime”.

“Hate crime” generally refers to criminal acts which are seen to have been motivated by hatred of one or more of the listed conditions. Incidents may involve physical assault, damage to property, bullying, harassment, verbal abuse or insults, or offensive graffiti or letters.

Through-out the cousre of history this nation has become not only the big brother for other nations that have been over-whelmed with acts of hatred from it’s citizens, but the actual harbourer of the same acts of hatred with-in the boundaries of this considered free environment.

We all are familar with the historical white against black 400 year operssional struggle and the now ensuing hispanic minority inspiration that seems to be bringing this nation towards a reasonable approach towards equality standards being plpaced amongst the tax brackets, however the most under rated of all the hate based crimes that theworld may even consider is that of the the tax brackets. And as this blog is concerned I’ll base my reasoning as that of the homeless and the others.

65% of those that are homeless are employed. How? Doesn’t it seem reaasonable to say that if your employed then you should have a home of some sort?

For the state of Florida, 17.2% of those homeless are homeless due to the fact evictions or some sort of housing influenced reasoning such as the on-going foreclosure effcts that this nation is currently battling.

Knowing that the person that you may consider as some sort of push over or easy target to consider as a punching bag may not be that of an easy target or even a punching bag but a person that due to the harsh economic adversities that this nation has to offer may actually be the last person that youd think to try as a homeless target.

It’s the youth of this nation that have taken amongst themselves to consider that the homeless are the scum of this earth and that we need to promote some sort of violence towards them to open their eyes to the altered reality of this nation when the reality is the fact that anyone could wind up be homeless at any given time.

August 12, 2009

Congressman Cantor’s Job Fair‏

Dear Friends:

I appreciate this opportunity to provide further information about the upcoming job fair that my office is hosting and other news related to the 7th Congressional District. The job fair will be held on August 17, 2009, from 9:30am to 1:30pm at Clover Hill High, 13900 Hull Street Road, Midlothian, VA 23112.

At a time when the current unemployment rate is at a 20-year high, I know many constituents are struggling to find employment. I hope this job fair will provide you with a unique opportunity to meet many employers from a wide variety of businesses in the metro Richmond area. We will also be hosting several breakout sessions aimed at making your job application more competitive and ways to help you and your family plan for healthcare during times of unemployment. In these tough economic times, I want to ensure that you have every opportunity to find meaningful employment.

Please visit my website at http://cantor.house.gov/jobfair. Also, please see below a list of the employers who have already confirmed their participation on August 17th. I look forward to seeing you there!

Sincerely,

Eric Cantor

Member of Congress

Employer List

Adecco

Alstom

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia

Ashland Police Department

Boeing

Bon Secours Richmond Health System

Bostwick Laboratories

Capital One

CarMax

Central Intelligence Agency

Central State Hospital

Centura College

Chesterfield County Police Department

Chesterfield County Public Schools

Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office

Colonial Farm Credit

ColonialWebb Contractors

Comcast

Community Financial Education Foundation

CSX Transportation

Defense Intelligence Agency

Department of Motor Vehicles

Dominion Resources

Drug Enforcement Administration

Edward Jones Investments

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Goodwill Industries – Community Employment Centers

Greater Richmond Small Business Development Center (SBDC) an initiative if the Greater Richmond Chamber

Henrico County Division of Fire

Henrico County Division of Police

Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Ironbridge Army/Army Reserve Career Center

James River Grounds Management

Mainline Supply Co.

Mondial Assistance

MWV – MeadWestvaco

Northrop Grumman

Owens and Minor

Patient First

Polished Image Consultants

Primerica Financial Services

SCORE

Southside Virginia Training Center

State Corporation Commission – Bureau of Insurance

SunTrust Bank

U.S. Air Force

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

U.S. Marshal Service

U.S. Navy Recruiting District Richmond

University of Richmond

Virginia Association of Insurance Agents (VAIA)

Virginia Career Network

Virginia Commonwealth University Health System

Virginia Council on Advanced Technology Skills (VCATS)

Virginia Employment Commission

Wachovia (Direct Access)

YMCA of Greater Richmond

August 11, 2009

What is a Charter School?

As the current budgeting assumptions and considerations begin to intensify and the thought of any thing else that may be important is over-looked, one can not forget the educational portion of this states legislation system. It is to be known that public schools are not the charming lil apples of the states eye any more due to the malcontent considered thus far from the public school sector. Charter schools are becoming more and more of a potential as the aspect of privatized schools seems to be to costly for those that are middle-classed and low-incomed.

So what is a Charter School?

Charter schools are an attempt to gain some of the advantages of private-sector schooling without leaving the public sector. Charter schools operate in the public sector with full public funding but are freed of some of the rules governing public-sector schools and school boards. Eighty percent of American states have charter school legislation and, in some states, charter schools have become very popular.

Charter schooling seems to be the cutting-corners method of free-ing up monies that should be directed to the educational system in a annual assumption, however as they grow and receive the attention of the public eye, monies are being diverted and agreed upon in various other assumptions. Take the consideration of the Hungerford schooling crisis as of now.

The Orange County School Board is pushing ahead with a plan to turn over a historic African-American school to Eatonville officials, but a trust that controls land where the school sits could halt the plan in its tracks. On Tuesday it was agreed to sell to the town a 115-acre tract east of Interstate 4 that contains wetlands, Lake Bell, Hungerford Elementary and the shuttered Robert Hungerford Preparatory High — a magnet school that the district once vowed to revitalize. If the deal goes through, the district will hand over a school with 120 years of roots in the African-American community in a transaction that could prove lucrative for the town. The land not including the school was valued at $9 million a few years ago.

The issue is that due to the assumption of public sectoring if the city was to seel the land that the school sits on it could lose out big time meaning the school as well as the valued 9 million that has been estimated.
The fact that monies to fund the school comes from the public assumption of the states educational funding consideration as well as the privatized funding due to the magnet status of the schools there room for hairs to gettting tangled and misappropriations of funds as such noticed.

As the surplussing of schools is being made and the attention is now being placed back towards the direction of the educational aspects of this nation, I’m sure that more and more the threats taken towards the public, private, and cahrter schools will be brought attention to gain consideration of funding assumptions. As a nation, the public appraoch of school funding seems to be a dying aspect as more and more the charter system is taking over due to the fact that public schools are either over crowded, under funded, or to bring light back to health care, burdened with infestations.

August 7, 2009

Dropped Home-Owners Insurance Policies

To accent the recent consideration take upon State Farm to drop the coverage plan of ‘home owners’ insurance has me considering and wondering the exact reasoning behind the whole idea.

For starters the timing can be no less coincendental than that that signified the start of hurricane season as well as the impact of property tax increases considered for counties through-out the nation. As one may recall hurricanes and insurance premiums don’t really mix well when the consieration of a financial out look is exclaimed. Since the devastation of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Federal Government has committed more than $110 billion to support public assistance groups to stimulate growth and encourage development during that specific account devistating destruction. So how did the insurance industry pan out after such an account of devistation?

Taken together, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita are by far the most costly natural catastrophe in U.S. history, with estimates of insured losses now exceeding $60 billion. The previous record for insured losses is held by Hurricane Andrew, for which insured losses totaled $21 billion (in inflation adjusted dollars).
This disaster will have an enormous impact on insurers, who face far greater exposure from this loss than they have from any other natural disaster in history. Unlike Hurricane Andrew and the series of hurricanes that hit the Florida Panhandle in 2004, which primarily affected residential property, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita have caused an unprecedented amount of damage to industrial (largely oil and chemical-related) and commercial property. That means impacted businesses will face longer and therefore more costly business interruption losses, complex contingent liability losses, and untold amounts of extra expenses incurred in an attempt to restore business operations. Insurers may also be further exposed due to the absence of state reinsurance programs, such as Florida’s program that reportedly paid insurers $3 billion following last year’s hurricane losses.

What this adds up to is heavy losses for insurers, and in such circumstances it can be expected that the insurers will seek every available avenue to limit their losses, including denial of potentially covered claims.

So what is an actual home-owners insurance policy?

The reason I ask this question is because one would think that home owners insurance should carry the same validation as car insurance. The basics, such as p.i.p and incidental coverage, then get more involved such as increased personal claims coverage and expected hospitalization stimulus/ repair incentive a.ka. full coverage packaging. However it seems that that concept is wrong as each and every account of a dropped policy comes the tale of misconception of water damage and flood damage and the infamous wind coverage assumption that is to be added to the standard home owners insurance rate in oder to claim any damages that may arise during the case of an occurance such as a hurricane. In some cases the occurance could be a tornado or just the mishapes from a simple thunder storm in the consideration of lighting stikes that have taken homes and left families with dropped insurance policies.

So with the added additions that have to be made in order to even claim such damages against homeowners coverages how has the losses become so high of a risk towards companies?

The Insuring Agreements, which define the scope of coverage and the triggering incident—the occurrence of injury or damage, the offense, or the making of a claim against the insured—which brings the policy’s coverage into play. Policy Exclusions, which limit the applicability of the insuring agreement with respect to specific types of injury and damage. Limits of Insurance, which specify how much the policy will pay on behalf of the insured for each covered claim. Policy Conditions, which define the rights and duties of insurer and insured under the policy. All are factors that need to be considered when over-viewing a policy to insure the best coverage in the time of such an incident as considered in the total over-view of devistation caused during hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

There are certain considerations that keep privatizes insurance companies such as State Farm from being able to pay out what may be expected as a considerable pay-out for the loss/damages assumption of ones policy. Giving reason behind the consideration of dropping some policies just to keep there heads afloat under the assumption of financial gains. If your demand is higher than that of your current supply till then you put your-self in a bind of considering a scope of potentials and projections. Point in case the current assumption of the losses from hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Where is the money coming from to pay out the losses/damages rates in such a case as hurricanes Katrina and Rita?

You pay home-owners insurance once a month just as car and any other specific policy that you may have such as health or life insurance, so is that to say that in the cases of hurricanes Katrina and Rita that a particular insurer could pay-out lossess/damages in the amount of 3 to 4 million to cover the estimated amount of ones policy package? It’s not an assumable assumption to be made.

This just might be why insurers such as State Farm are dropping coverages such as home-owners to keep from turning belly-side up especially during a time as such as a recessed assumption.

August 2, 2009

The Separation between Church and State

Has anyone seen the headlines?

Father guilty in prayer death case!
A central Wisconsin man accused of killing his 11-year-old daughter by praying instead of seeking medical care was found guilty Saturday of second-degree reckless homicide.

What has this nation come to when the simple turning to God is mistaken by irresponsible acts as such stated? We as a people have come to th eterms that religion is more to us than a customary way of life, it is who we are. It describes who we are as a nation as our fore-fathers came to this land in search of religous freedom. As a nation we open the doors for others to come and share their customs and freedom as a social adaptation of life as they were currently living. Not to mention the expression that comes from the people when consideration of God or any religious faction is mentioned as a positive gesture when the issue of governmental affairs and the presentation of politics is addressed.

So why are we as a people having so much difficulty understanding the importance of religion as a sacred and valued custom?

The role of race comes to mind as one turns to look at the Old Testament of the Bible as survival played a big role in the matter. God made a promise to his people that they will never perish as loong as they had and practiced faith in him and in him alone. This had been a Old Testament reasoning as Gods people were viewed as being the slaves at that time as well as being homeless. The promise was to be able to over come as long as faith was being practiced by those that knew the true reasoning behind Gods current judgement against the people that he “hated”. The only people that God hated were those that took his views and customs and twisted them for self gain. These people will never see the glory of heaven nor his mercy, as it has been written.

However, we as a people seem to over-look the fact that the New Testament with the life of Jesus was the answer for those troubled times of the Old Testament and the Son had come to save us all from his hate against a dying breed of men that opposed him and his will. Jesus in his innocence was to be they way for us all as he paid the price for all of us to be able to experience life as free people. Free from the oppression of selfish men, free from the pains of arrogance and ignorance that had men and nations alike turning their heads at God and his will. Men that tested the improtance of God practicing in ways that were viewed in the eyes of
God as not humanly important and to be forsaken in all the eyes of men and nations.

We keep forgetting that through Jesus alone are we to be saved as long as we seek that that made Jesus so improtant, his innocence and him being Gods only son. The only son that Gods delivered to us as a people as that filter between good and evil, right and wrong, just and unjust. However the most improtant thing that has been over-looked in the life of Jesus was his ability to go out amongst all the people and bring forth the message of his father our God. Jesus went and spoke of the tounges of other men to soothe them towards the mercy and will of God. Have you?

We need to as a people to stop testing the ability and values of God and his message to us a his valued children. We must come to terms of the other mans feelings and be able to express a concern and show support. Amen