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Warner Criticized For ACA Vote

Editor, The Herald:

Reference: Mark Warner’s Sensible Solution as written by the editor (JKW) in The Farmville Herald dated Wednesday July 2, 2014. I am reminded that evil exists because good men do nothing.  Mark Warner approved the Affordable Care Act without reading it. This is based on the time it was printed and the final vote. That vote cost us $300 million to Louisiana and untold millions to Nebraska to get the final two Senate votes necessary for Senate passage.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014


Dickens And Byrd Were Wise

Editor, The Herald:

This is Charles Dickens’ answer to those who consider debt a friend: “Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen pounds nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds nought and six, result misery.” Charles Dickens, David Copperfield.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

No Emotion, Just Numbers Needed

Editor, The Herald:

While we have been openly debating the additional $100,000 of proposed operating cost of the new library, we have all failed to look at the actual costs to the citizens of Buckingham County. The existing budget already contains $152,200 operational costs for the existing library. No, the projected cost will not replace the existing cost but instead will be added to it ($252,200).

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Junior 4-H Camp Was Amazing

Editor, The Herald:

It has been said that the youth are our future. I believe that is the truth. What do we do every day to invest in that future? This year 50 Cumberland 4-H’ers got the opportunity to participate in Jr. 4-H Camp.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Where's America's Cup Of Sugar?

Editor, The Herald:

So many people ask me to write a letter to the paper because they say they enjoy them. They tell me they want to know what I have to say. They want to hear the truth.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Fiscal Responsibility Is In The Eye Of The Beholder

Editor, The Herald:

It makes a lot of common sense to be careful about how we spend taxpayer money. The question is: is it irresponsible for Buckingham County to build a new library? To my mind education and libraries are synonymous.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

What About The Farmville Herald?

Editor, The Herald:

Your “smackdown” of Fillmer Hevener in your Editor’s note was “quite clever.” He noted that Sen. Harry Byrd was a strong advocate of fiscal “pay-as-you-go” policy, but you stated that Byrd also advocated “massive resistance.” My question to you would be: “Does one erroneous, egregious, bad deed negate other good deeds?”

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Debt Argument Doesn't Hold Water

Editor, The Herald:

The repeated attempts to catastrophize Buckingham County’s current debt as a rational for derailing the proposed new library is a transparent effort to submarine this very much needed and long-awaited asset to our community. Those of us who understand the genuine importance of a library to a community find these attempts both saddening and disappointing.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

KOVAR Support Is Appreciated

Editor, The Herald:

Every April, the Knights of Columbus Council from St. Theresa’s Catholic Church raise funds for KOVAR.  KOVAR is a Virginia Knights of Columbus organization that raises money each year for the Special Olympics and to provide for groups that assist folks with intellectual disabilities in the Commonwealth and in our community.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Thanks For Bloodmobile Success

Editor, The Herald:

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the community for supporting the recently held American Red Cross Bloodmobile, which was sponsored by the Kappa Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the Farmville Masonic Lodge #41.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Library Food For Thought

Editor, The Herald:

Years ago as a doctoral candidate with the School Planning Lab at University of Tennessee, a rural area expressed interest in using part-time an existing  school media center (library back then) as a public library: limited hours and personnel, etc., posed real possibilities. This idea even now has a few current sources on Google.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Scholarship Support Appreciated

Editor, The Herald:

The Lest We Forget Foundation would like to thank everyone for their support in our recent fundraiser to provide scholarships to Prince Edward County High School seniors.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Invest In A New Library

Editor, The Herald:

Buckingham’s public library opened in 1983, housed in a truck.  It’s a quaint but dated image now, just as the current overcrowded building will be once the new library is built.  As a cornerstone of the community, a library should reflect a commitment to the well-being of its citizens by adequately providing the wide range of information and resources that are absolutely necessary for employment, health management, and both educational and cultural growth.  Buckingham is definitely due an upgrade, making those services (along with meeting rooms, programming, and more) publicly available to everyone regardless of age, race, income level, or gender.  A trip to the current library makes the need clear as it struggles to serve more than 40,000 visitors a year.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Address Buckingham's Existing Debt

Editor, The Herald:

I want to also thank you, sir, for your response to my June 13, 2014 Letter to The Editor, entitled: Buckingham Needs Fiscal Discipline. I also want to thank our Buckingham Leadership for the work they are performing on our behalf. I can imagine that it is hard work and difficult to please everyone in Buckingham County. In my Letter to The Editor I tried to explain the reasons the proposed new library is a bad idea. Although I do not have vast experience, as you do, with County budgets, I do have experience with my own budget.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Reader Endorses Sen. Byrd's Fiscal Advice

Editor, The Herald:

In your editorial of June 4, 2014, you observe that you are willing to pay $6.19 per year to “help operate” a new library for Buckingham County.  You were wise to slip in the little four-letter word “help,” for this amount per year per person for a new library’s operating expense is, totally, a fanciful number.  I’ll explain why a bit later.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

We Cannot Afford A New Library

Editor, The Herald:

Mr. Woodley’s eloquent editorial on Buckingham’s proposed library shows how it will cost the residents much less than two cents per day. 

Using his same figure of $100,000 annual operation cost, divide it by the number of library users (45,000+) instead of the 17,136 residents. Amazing! It now cost way less than one cent per day per user instead of two cents per day for taxpayers - a penny earned. So what or maybe what difference does it make? I guess it all boils down to the old adage, figures don’t lie, but liars figure!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014


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