House Bill 1582 reflects an incomplete understanding of weapons qualification practices within our military and is an unwarranted expansion in the number of people allowed to carry handguns in the Commonwealth. It would do nothing to protect the safety of our citizens.
It would allow any person 18 years of age or older and on active military duty or honorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces or the Virginia National Guard who has completed basic training to apply for a concealed handgun permit.
Contrary to the assumption of House Bill 1582, weapons familiarization training as a component of an individual’s military basic training does not qualify that
On Easter 2010 just a little over one month after Roanoke City suddenly shutdown the golf course signs of neglect are “sprouting” up like … well … weeds …. pun intended!
As my neighbor and I sat and watched golfer after golfer come through on the 11th fairway we thought we should charge a 11th fairway membership fee. That is because her husband Ken is keeping the fairway mowed.
Ken is 70 years old and just had a knee replaced 6 months ago. He also cleared the fairway and cart path of limbs that had broken off during the winter storms. They lay waiting to be cut and picked up.
We think Ken has done enough. No golfer offers a dime to Ken for all his labor. We are all senior citizens and then some around the once vibrant golf course.
It just seems five short years ago the pool was bustling, the tennis building was active and the fairways were full of golf carts. Guess what happened five years ago? Surprise Roanoke City purchased it for development that never happened.
Not just the immediate neighbors enjoyed this their only recreational asset but the entire surrounding community. They talk of community gatherings and formal dances. They talk of kids birthday parties held at the pool. They talk of PGG or VGA golf tournaments held at Countryside/Arrow Wood.
There was annexation. There were promises. Now there is …. well go for an Easter evening stroll ….