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Buckingham FERC Action Applauded

Editor, The Herald:

Buckingham Supervisors should be applauded for their April 20th passage of a letter and resolution to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.  It’s the first time the Board has expressed concern for the safety and health of Buckingham residents in light of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Buckingham compressor station.  And they did so unanimously. We as residents of Buckingham and members of the Friends of Buckingham thank them for recognizing our concerns and acting on our behalf.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015


Glenmore Day An Awesome Success

Editor, The Herald:

The Glenmore Day Committee, comprised of members of the Emmanuel Episcopal and United Methodist churches at Glenmore, would like to thank the vendors, volunteers, church members, Glenmore Volunteer Fire Department, Buckingham County Rescue Squad, and the many other organizations and individuals that made Glenmore Day such an awesome success.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Global Warming Is A 'Fraud'

Editor, The Herald:

This is in response to the recent article in the Herald titled “Global Warming Aired.” The article was about a recent project that Cumberland County middle school students presented to the Cumberland County board of supervisors, in which they cited the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to predict that in some 45 years, Cumberland will face food and fuel shortages, increased temperatures during the summer, decreased temperatures during the winter, less frequent but more intense rainfall, crop and timber loss, and within 200 years, mass extinction—all because of man-made “climate change.”

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The School Budget Must Not Be Cut

Editor, The Herald:

This week Prince Edward Supervisors have an important decision to make regarding the school budget. I encourage them to do all their homework before voting. If this decision is based on perceptions of our schools as a result of SOL test scores, I hope all supervisors have gone to the VA Department of Education website and taken some of these released tests (remembering that students as young as eight years old have to take these tests). I hope they have researched the testing companies, their practices of making the tests more challenging each year and the huge profits made as a result of these tests. I also think they should spend time getting to know the students we teach. They need to see firsthand the impact that culture (television, music, internet, video games) is having on our children, especially when there is not enough adult supervision.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Cutting The PE School Budget Is 'A Simple-Minded, Flawed Approach'

Editor, The Herald:

I am writing to express my dismay at the potential decision by the Prince Edward County Board of Supervisors to decrease funding to the public schools.  Mr. Timmons (Buffalo District supervisor Bob Timmons) and others seem to be approaching this with a pure business model and considering the county schools to be a widget factory. In their minds the “product” is not up to par and is not likely to get better, so why not divert the funds to some other need? They believe that if their competitors can produce a similar product at lower cost, then it is their job as CEOs to make the hard decisions to bring the company in line.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

There Is A Strong Perception That PE Schools Are Struggling Because County Government Cares Little About Them

Editor, The Herald:

Dear Prince Edward County Board of Supervisors,

Whether an additional $300,000 in funding will make a difference in our children’s education remains to be seen. However, as a full-time real estate broker, I can assure you the debate over school funding has a very clear and direct effect on our housing market and the local economy as a whole. Potential new residents have a perception, real or imagined, that our schools are unimportant.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

It's Time To Talk Trash In Cumberland

Editor, The Herald:

It’s time we talked trash.  Literally.  It’s time we talked about all the trash that is on the sides of our roads in every county locally.  It’s awful and much of it has been there for quite some time.

To the person who threw out almost an entire bag of rotten potatoes, you could have composted them.  Use your vegetables scraps to enrich your soil so you can grow your own vegetables.  If you need help with this, contact your local Virginia Cooperative Extension office and ask them to put you in touch with a VCE Master Gardener Volunteer.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Reader Applauds Timmons, Proposed School Budget Cuts

Editor, The Herald:

I would like to publicly thank supervisor Bob Timmons for voicing the common sense opinions attributed to him in your article “PE Discusses Deeper Cut In County School Funding” and support him in his quest to cut costs while improving the quality of education the students of Prince Edward County are receiving.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Hillary Is Better Than Any Republican

Editor, The Herald:

Without refuting the many inaccuracies and misstatements in the recent letter on Hillary, I would point out that it doesn’t matter who the Democratic nominee is.  If we want to still have at least a little say in government or at least have government even slightly concerned with anyone not in the top one percent of wealth, we must elect the Democrat, whether that is Hillary or Elizabeth Warren or whomever.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Underestimating The Power Of Public Education

Editor, The Herald:

In a recent letter to the Editor, Fillmer Hevener suggests that public school enrollments may be declining because more parents opt to teach children at home for religious reasons. He argues that many parents see moral lessons “as a necessary part of preparing their children to become productive and constructive citizens.” I do not dispute Mr. Hevener’s claim that character education is important. Indeed, it is an essential part of every child’s upbringing. However, I disagree with his central implication that moral lessons are not a part of public education simply because the First Amendment to our Constitution forbids the establishment of any government-sponsored religion, and hence teaching of the Bible in public schools.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Sustainable Eating

Editor, The Herald:

Just in time for the 45th anniversary of Earth Day this Wednesday, the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has made it official: consumption of animal products is not environmentally sustainable. Their conclusions match those of a massive 2010 United Nations report, which concluded that a global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty and climate change.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Why Hillary?

Editor, The Herald:

Why Hillary?

Well, now it’s official.  Hillary! Says she expects to be our next president. Her supporters say she’s “entitled” to the job.  How, exactly, we are left to wonder, does someone become “entitled” to the presidency of this country?

Thursday, April 16, 2015

A SANE Solution Offered

Editor, The Herald:

The SANE (sexual assault nurse examiner) issue in the Farmville area has a solution.

In my opinion, the answer is a solid, carefully screened, well trained group of “on-call” local volunteers.  These do not need to be nurses as the medical module of a service makes it more scarce and more expensive.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Buckingham Needs A Wal-Mart

Editor, The Herald:

Dear Buckingham Board of Supervisors,

My name is Will Auten, I’m from Troop 6535, and I’m a Life Scout and 9th grader at Buckingham County High School. I’m writing this letter to the editor because I’m concerned about the lack of shopping options in our community. Bringing a Wal-Mart to Buckingham would solve the problem of having to drive 45 minutes to get something besides food. Food Lion is a really nice store but shouldn’t be responsible for carrying the burden of being the only major shopping option in Buckingham.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Buckingham Needs A Public Pool

Editor, The Herald:

Dear Buckingham County Board of Supervisors, 

My name is Grant Koldewyn. I am a student at Buckingham County High School in 9th grade, and I am a Star Scout in Troop 6535. I believe Buckingham County would benefit from a public pool. Buckingham could use a county public pool for many different reasons.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Race Relations Letter Draws Response

Editor, The Herald:

Mr. Joye’s recent letter shows to me that he has a sadly mistaken view of race relations in America. None of the crimes he lists committed by black “victims” warranted the death penalty. Police should not have free rein to gun down unarmed black men for committing misdemeanors.

Thursday, April 9, 2015


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