But Who Pays For It and How?

I was taught early on in life that you get nothing for free – there is always a cost to everything. That cost might be in money or it might be in loss of freedom or security. At any rate, we should always ask – what is the real cost to me and my family?

Recently, a poll was released that concluded that a majority of Virginians want legislation that would require cleaner air, as we all do. However, the poll was based on what the questions were and how they were asked. If the question on clean air was: Do you believe the General Assembly should have cleaner air by ending the use of coal and/or natural gas and instead rely on solar and wind? many would answer yes.

However, if the question was preceded with the statement that currently we do not have the capacity to produce all the power we use with renewable resources, would you be willing to:

* Pay two or three times more to receive the power needed to change over to renewables?

* Would you be able to not drive to work but a couple of days a week?

* Would you accept that you would not be able to heat your house above 60 degrees or cool it below 85?

* Who believes that the majority would respond yes? Those who ask the questions know they wouldn’t, therefore, they limit the information they provide. They simply want you to respond the way they believe.

The same is true with the issue of guns. Often pollsters ask simplistic questions such as, “Should someone be able to buy an assault rifle or should they be able to have access to high round ammunition magazines?” They do not define what they mean by an assault rifle. They may even refer to automatic weapons that are currently restricted. They might forget to mention that an ammo magazine that holds seven rounds meets their standard of “high capacity”.

We love to hear from you! You can reach us at Sen.Ruff@verizon.net, 804-698-7515, or P.O. Box 332, Clarksville, VA 23927.

To read the entire column pick up the Jan. 8, 2020 edition of the Brunswick Times-Gazette.