From my inbox:
Homes for Our Troops will be building at NO COST to the veteran a specially designed brand new home for a disabled veteran. The recipient of this new home will be Marine Lance Corporal Michael Martinez. LCpl Martinez was 5 months into his first deployment when he lost both of his legs in an IED blast in Helmand Province, Afghanistan on March 11, 2010.
This organization is need of volunteers and supplies including donations for tent/chairs/pa system and food donation requests. We will also need an honor guard, national anthem singer, escort and key speakers. Most importantly, we are looking for someone who will donate the flag pole that will be placed in the front yard of this hero’s new home.
If you know anyone that would be willing to donate these items, or volunteer supplies or their time on this weekend to help in the build, please forward this email along.
You can contact Christopher West or Renee Larsh for more information.
I’m going to help out, won’t you?
In my inbox this afternoon, I found a note about the proposed $1/month service fee that VDOT is considering charging for the privilege of using EZPass (full text below the fold).
I resent being charged extra for a “convenience” when the “convenience” actually allows VDOT (or banks in the case of ATMs) to hire fewer workers, thereby saving VDOT money. Money that amounts to millions a year.
I further resent being charged extra when the Greenway, already exhorbitant, and privately owned, doesn’t have any toll collectors at all, and takes no cash. Because I have a height deficiency, I have to actually get out of my car to use the credit card machines on the Greenway, which feels unsafe. I generally try to avoid the Greenway on principle, but when I use it, I have no choice but to use EZPass. To be charged extra to use something that enables a FOR PROFIT company to avoid hiring workers really frosts my cookies.
I will be discussing this at home and, if the charge is implemented, will probably be turning in my EZPass in protest.
Go to the VDOT webpage and register your disgust with proposed charge. I did.