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Defending Longwood and Reveley

Editor, The Herald:

As I have been out of town for several weeks, I am late in writing to thank Mr. Furman Joye (Herald, July 23) for coming to the aid of Longwood University.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Vote For Eggleston On Tuesday

Editor, The Herald:

I would like to encourage registered voters in the Town of Farmville to go to the polls on Tuesday, August 19, and vote for Carl Eggleston for At-Large member of Town Council.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Vote For Houghton On August 19

Editor, The Herald:

Probably no duty is more important than that of voting for one’s leaders, and almost certainly none is taken less seriously.  The last Farmville election saw about 20 percent of eligible voters take the time to cast their votes for those who would make their decisions and spend their money for them.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Vote For Martin On August 19

Editor, The Herald:

I would like to encourage all voters in the town of Farmville to support Rhodes Martin in the special election for the open seat on Town Council to be held on Tuesday, August 19th.  As a native son and long-time and active member of the community, his youth and energy will serve him well on the Council. Not only is Rhodes gregarious, convivial, and creative, but Rhodes also has the ability to make everyone who meets him feel comfortable.  He possesses a deep compassion for and awareness of others that is difficult to find.  He will truly listen to all members of the community in a collaborative effort to help Farmville continue to be a wonderful place to work and live.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Vote For Dwyer On August 19

Editor, The Herald:

As a business person who has conducted countless job interviews over the years, I have found that the best person for a job is the one who prepared him or herself for it.  I always ask the question, “Tell me what you know about our company” to see if the interviewee has done his or her homework.  Without exception, the best candidate is the one who did the research ahead of time so they had a framework of understanding for what was going on, how the organization operated, the rules and regulations, etc.  In short, they were better able to hit the ground running.  It meant a shorter learning curve.  It meant they were more productive sooner.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Elect Dwyer On August 19

Editor, The Herald:

When I heard that there was going to be a special election to fill the town council seat vacated by recently elected mayor David Whitus, I was eager to see who would vie for the now open seat.  While there are many qualified candidates that have heeded the call, I ask voters to please exercise their right and vote for Dan Dwyer.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

US Is Hypocritical On Crimea

Editor, The Herald:

Russia is castigated in the American press for its recent attempts to control the Crimean Peninsula.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

John Wayne's Character Is Needed

Editor, The Herald:

Allow me, if I may comment on the op-ed titled “If John Wayne Were President” of Friday, July 25, 2014. I would like to congratulate the gentleman for his compelling vision of John Wayne’s leadership, and how masterfully he would have performed if he was alive, and held the highest political office in the land. The iconic actor who earned the respect and adoration of millions of Americans, would’ve pushed aside political correctness and spoken the plain truth, with regard to Jihadists waging brutal war on not only non-Muslims, but also on many of their own fellow believers as has been taking place in Syria and Iraq right now.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Vote For Jack Houghton

Editor, The Herald:  

Jack Houghton has been my neighbor for well over a decade.  Like myself, he is a “come here,” a term sometimes used in a derogatory way to imply a lack of roots and understanding of this area and its people.  It is true that Jack was not born or raised in Farmville (although he has lived here since 1980), but his education, training, experiences, and interests make him as qualified as any “born here” to fill the at-large position on the Farmville Town Council.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Elect Houghton To Town Council

Editor, The Herald:

I would like to encourage the voters of the town of Farmville to vote on August 19th for Jack Houghton for the open seat on Town Council 

Jack, being a retired community planner, will have the time and knowledge needed to carefully address the many complex issues that come before Town Council.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Vote For Jack Houghton

Editor, The Herald:

I hope that the citizens of Farmville will support the democratic process and vote in the upcoming council election on August 19, 2014. I will be voting for Jack Houghton. Jack Houghton has the education, experience, and character to represent the citizens of Farmville.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Fix This Dangerous Intersection

Editor, The Herald:

I implore you to help me draw attention to a recurring preventable tragedy in our community.

This morning I found more burned out flares at the intersection of Plank Road (State Road 600) and South Airport Road (State Road 637), the remnants of another motor vehicle accident.  I live on South Airport Road.  I have a 66 year history with this intersection. As a local emergency physician for ten years I received many accidents directly from this intersection.  The magnitude of the problem can be verified by records from Prince Edward County Rescue Squad, Farmville Police, Cumberland County, Virginia State Police, and VDOT.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Ferries Use The River's Current

Editor, The Herald:

Reference to the article appearing 6/4/’14 “A Ferry’s Tale On The James” featuring the Hatton Ferry, by writer Jordan Miles. I came across this story by accident and enjoyed it as I had at earlier times made use of the similar Warren Ferry located on route 627 upstream of the Hatton Ferry. Mr. Miles is somewhat misleading though in that he refers to river ferries of this type as “Poled Ferries”. These ferries were not powered by poling, but by the current of the flowing river. The pole was used only to push the ferry out into the river where the current could act on it.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Shall We Go Down With The Ship?

Editor, The Herald:

At this time, the United States is the Titanic.  We have hit the iceberg of supreme financial irresponsibility and moral hollowness.  The mammoth hole in the ship is getting larger and larger as our political leadership ignores the crisis and tells us to continue partying on deck.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

If Jesus Were President

Editor, The Herald:

Dear Christians,

What does the Bible say about children? Does Jesus advocate an eye for an eye? If Jesus were president there would be no need for food stamps or government health care programs.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Autism - It's Not A Processing Error, Just A Different Operating System

Editor, The Herald:

Imagine not knowing why your child can’t speak nor can he express himself to the world, especially mommy. My son was first diagnosed at age three with Autism Spectrum Disorder also known as ASD. I, as a young mother, took the diagnosis as some horrible disease and there was no way my baby could have this. Over the years of grade school there were so many therapies and struggles that life as I came to know had come to a halt for my little family.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


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