Organization ready to aid

businesses, consumers

Editor, Times-Dispatch:

A big “thanks” to central Virginia!

What a wonderful turnout of nearly 200 guests we had May 30 at the grand opening and ribbon-cutting for Better Business Bureau Serving Central Virginia’s new offices, located in Wyndham. Our new Better Business Bureau training center provides larger rooms, cutting-edge digital support, and is better geographically located for ease of access from anywhere around the region and state.

Our organization serves thousands of Accredited Business members and the consumers of metro Richmond, Charlottesville, Fredericksburg and 42 historic and prominent Virginia counties. We are your bridge of trust between businesses and consumers alike.

Besides our superb staff, who tirelessly worked for many weeks to get everything ready, we also want to thank these notable businesses that provided truly exceptional tables of delicious food and wine for attendees: Hilton Garden Inn & Grille at Innsbrook, Maggiano’s Little Italy of Short Pump, Tenile’s Tasty Creations Catering of Richmond, Mama J’s Kitchen in Richmond, Market @ 25th of Richmond, Publix Super Market at Nuckols Place Glen Allen, and Sassafras Shade Vineyard of Caroline County. Special thanks also to Taylor’s Classic Travels, which graciously provided an old-style trolley for rides and shuttle service.

Now you’ve seen our new digs and what we’re able to do in support of the region and state, please don’t hesitate to drop in and visit, become a standards-based Better Business Bureau Accredited Business member, or ask how you can hold off-site seminars with us or attend our exceptional Better Business Bureau-hosted workshops. You can find us via the internet or call (804) 648-0030.

Barry N. Moore,

President & CEO,Better Business Bureau Serving Central Virginia.

Glen Allen.

Trash management

can cut greenhouse gases

Editor, Times-Dispatch:

Joe Biden plans to address the climate change challenge differently than does President Trump. Biden plans to re-enter the Paris Climate Accord and start a Clean Energy Revolution that commits $1.7 trillion to, in part, advance methane digesters at farms and limit methane emissions from oil and gas wells.

But Biden’s plan overlooks a more everyday task that accounts for methane and CO2 emissions — municipal solid waste disposal. The Environmental Protection Agency reports municipal solid waste landfills are the country’s third-largest source of human-related methane emissions and account for 14.1% of that greenhouse gas.

In Virginia, seven regional landfills support the state’s $1.84 billion waste industry, according to the National Waste and Recycling Association in Washington, D.C. Waste Management Inc. and Republic Services Inc. own and operate these facilities.

These companies support recycling systems that segregate products with monetary value from routine garbage. These items are processed at other sites.

Waste disposal activities load local and interstate nonhazardous items into landfills equipped with composite liners, leachate collection units and groundwater monitoring systems. Daily operations include covering wastes with soils and ensuring only proper wastes are deposited.

Waste Management and Republic also process landfill gases and produce usable clean energy.

Biden’s Clean Energy Revolution is elaborate. But we need to be down to earth when we tackle the climate change challenge. We can start by figuring out the best ways to take out, recycle and manage our daily trash. Today’s waste management firms lead the way.

Stuart V. Price.

Amelia Court House.

Education essential

to a better society

Editor, Times-Dispatch:

Most governmental agencies in Virginia are on a July-June fiscal year and have recently completed a grueling budgeting process. It seems this important task is becoming more challenging and contentious each year. Choices must be made among funding schools, providing for the safety and security of citizens, maintenance of roads and facilities, employee pay and benefits, and other worthy projects.

It is paramount that education becomes a high priority for any community, region, state or nation. This must include not only the basic funding for preschool, kindergarten through high school, and college support but also continuing educational programs for adults as the skills and needs of a productive society change. Educational attainment provides benefits and pays huge dividends that are essential for the success of individuals, their local communities and our nation as a whole.

An educated citizenry possesses skills that reduce the support provided by various governmental agencies. These citizens are more financially secure, healthier, more stable and better equipped to respond to life’s challenges. Their names appear less on crime and drug abuse reports. This group has a better understanding of environmental concerns and ways to resolve them.

An educated populace “gives” rather than “takes.” It supports charities and civic clubs, volunteers in schools, has better parenting skills, and allows local government agencies to concentrate on fewer citizens who truly need assistance.

At the national level, there is less need for paying for unemployment compensation, Medicaid and remedial programs.

Educational attainment is an investment since spending more now will reduce spending on public health, welfare support and criminal activities later. The problem is that we have become an “I want it now” impatient society that cannot see benefits beyond today.

Robert N. Holt.

Franklin.

NRA’s influence shapes

debate about firearms

Editor, Times-Dispatch:

You know the National Rifle Association is holding a winning hand when conversations about gun control are replaced with instructions on how to drop to the floor and hide behind filing cabinets.

The day bulletproof vests become fashionable, and steel helmets decorated with sunflowers and peacock feathers are normal, then you’ll know the NRA has achieved total victory.

Ernest Irby.

Henrico.

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