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Bristol Virginia-Tennessee News Opinion 2014

by Lewis Loflin

Tri-Cities, Bristol Virginia-Tennessee will not only have among the lowest growth in the nation, but the lowest in Tennessee and Virginia. The region already suffers a 20 percent plus real poverty-unemployment rate. Where do I begin?

The dismal future of the working poor in this community is tied directly to a job structure hostile to working people. The shocking loss of retail sales in Bristol is proof that many have little disposable income.

Latest Round of Metal Thefts Includes Batteries and Aluminum Wheels

Local press reports a string of thefts of batteries and aluminum wheels are only the latest reports of metal theft by likely drug addicts. Nine cases resulted in at least the theft of 39 batteries and 13 aluminum wheels from two businesses. At one business thieves destroyed the power meter to shut down the surveillance cameras.

Most can be sold for between $10 and $15. Earlier thefts included metal grates from a carwash in Bristol whose owner replaced them with plastic.

Another favorite target from earlier thefts was catalytic converters cut right off of cars at a dealer on the Volunteer Parkway in Bristol. Copper is another popular item where thieves will break into a home or business and tear and cut the metal right out of power boxes.

In this case police are looking for two males but failed to give any details. Like the strings of pharmacy and other robberies that have exploded across the area I'll bet anything this is drug related. Ref. WCYB 15 May, 2014.

See Illegal Immigration-Crime

Empty Purse, Hot Rollers Lands Man in Jail

On 04/14/14, officers of the Johnson City Police Department arrested Karl Dixon, 40 yr old male, General Delivery, and charged him with auto burglary.

At approximately 1:10 a.m., officers responded to the 800 block of Lamont St. in reference to a suspicious subject in the area. Upon arrival officers made contact with a female who stated that a white male, later identified as Karl Dixon, had knocked on her door and attempted to sell her some items he had in his possession.

The female stated she did see a box of hot rollers in his hand, along with other items. The female refused to open the door to the unknown male. After a couple minutes the female heard what she described as her car door slamming and looked out her window to see the same male subject walking away from her car.

The female and officers checked her vehicle and found that two rolls of quarters had been stolen. Officers located Mr. Dixon in the area who did have a box of hot rollers in his possession. Mr. Dixon also had two pair of female shoes and an empty purse in his possession.

Mr. Dixon was arrested and transported to the Washington County Detention Center, where he is currently being held in lieu of a $10,000 bond. An arraignment is set for 04/14/14, at 1:30 p.m., in Washington County General Sessions Court.

We all live here together

Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 Bristol Herald Courier.

I'm praising the Washington County Board of Supervisors for getting us out of the King Medical School fiasco. This is another multi-million dollar backroom deal we have no business in. I'm hopeful with removal of Boss Reeter and election of new members we can end two decades of "good old boy" government.

In addition, I'm voicing my support for gas drilling and asking our supervisors to support it. I've had gas drilling, pipelines and a compressor station near my home for two decades with no problems. The gas company workers do a superb job.

Those trying to stop drilling don't even live in my community. Most are from the Abingdon-Damascus-Glade Spring area.

Those opposing drilling are the same collection of recent transplants and outside-funded political activists who were behind efforts to stop Love's Truck Stop. They are driven by ideology and are typical of the social apartheid system the working poor suffer from.

They care nothing about the poverty and joblessness we suffer here, being fixated on greenism at the expense of poor people they are economically and socially isolated from. One even commented on the poor "being pushed out" but seemed to not care about it.

This is understandable as we market this silly hillbilly-hick music culture, which isn't representative of most of the people living here. They're fed this silly Appalachian culture garbage peddled in college by the clueless academics.

Those living off government jobs and transfer payments or bringing money in have no idea just how bad earning a living in the region really is. The working poor matter little to these mostly transplant liberals that are hostile to local culture anyway.

We all live here together, so let's demand open government and open public dialog on these issues.

Lewis Loflin Bristol, Va.

The Trainstation Again?

Abingdon and Bristol are working once again to get taxpayer funded passenger rail to locate to Bristol. Like most of their projects this makes no business sense, but is about tapping into government funding. Within sight of this failed project is our new $12 million country music museum (funded by you know who) that failed in the Bristol Mall and is expected to succeed here.

To quote one angry resident:

Lets see now. We have a train station with a passenger ticket window, and no passenger trains and no reasonable expectation of ever getting passenger trains again. Got that. We seem to have a train station with no real business plan of any sort. And the taxpayers have been forced to pay how many millions of dollars?

And for what? It looks like we the people who earn the money will continue to have our earnings taken from us by force or threat of force by our politicians to keep feeding the money sinkhole of a train station. STOP THE NON-ESSENTIAL SPENDING NOW! And no, the train station is not essential. Sell the train station to private business and either let it sink or swim on its' own with no more taxpayer subsidies!

More here...

J.C. Penny Slams the Doors in Bristol

Another retailer pulls out while we waste $100 million underwriting shopping malls.

J.C. Penney plans to close its Bristol Mall store as part of a nationwide effort to shutter "under-performing" stores, the company ... plans to close 33 stores in 20 states, including its 86,000-square-foot local store...This marks the second major Bristol Mall anchor store to announce plans to leave. Last May, officials with Belk announced plans to replace its mall locations in 2015 with a new store in The Pinnacle retail center being developed near Interstate 81's Exit 74 in Bristol, Tenn.

Mayor Odum said losing J.C. Penney and the 50 jobs it represents makes it "vitally important" to complete (the $65 million taxpayer funded) The Falls retail center currently being developed near Interstate 81's Exit 5.

The closings are expected to idle a total of about 2,000 employees and generate a savings of about $65 million.

January 15, 2014 Ref.

More Third World Government

To quote Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia's Center for Governmental Studies: "The most corrupt region is Southwest Virginia - more indictments for political and public office corruption have happened in this region than all other parts of the state combined." According to a report from the Kingsport Times-News (May 22nd, 2010), "Tennessee is named the most corrupt state in the nation; Virginia listed as second." So here we have Bristol VA/TN located at the juncture of the two most corrupt states in the Union, and for Virginia, the most corrupt region of the state.

To quote the late Bill Deel, a retired English teacher from Clintwood, Virginia, "We're becoming more and more Third World here...The best and the brightest leave."

Healthcare Meltdown

Business in the region is also on the government gravy train planning on maximizing profits at public expense - nowhere is this more true than healthcare. Now it seems to have backfired.

Sprint Dumps Bristol Virginia for Bristol Tennessee

Here is another example of one low-wage community trying to outbid the neighboring low-wage community at taxpayer expense for low-paying jobs. Sprint has turned down a lucrative corporate welfare package from Bristol, Virginia and will jump the State line to Sullivan County. Read more...

Here in Bristol January is once again dominated by record cold. Entire states are being declared disaster areas as arctic temperatures break record after record. But there are some of us that are saying we told you so. It's about religion and social agendas and not science.

Mass Immigration Killing the Working Poor Here Too

Immigration reform will cause even more misery for the working poor as an additional 22 million more guest workers over the next decade will further displace native born low-wage workers and already have in East Tennessee and Tri-Cities. Low-wage black workers have been driven out of the labor force across the nation by immigration and the same thing is happening to poor whites in our region as employers hunt for more cheap-exploitable labor.

In fact this has been recommended to business as a way to lower labor costs in the tourist-retirement related industries this region is promoting. Simply put they want to bring in even cheaper labor to displace the working poor that already dominates our private sector labor market. The working poor are ignored and marginalized already and so the system of social apartheid will continue to flourish.

Religion versus Science