As an elected official my philosophy on governance is that I was chosen by the majority to represent the desires of the majority. On each vote before the Cumberland Board of Supervisors, it is my goal to faithfully represent what I believe the majority desires. In running for public office I promised the citizens of District Two that I would always listen to them and fight for their interests. I do not believe that I was elected to make decisions for others or pursue my own interests as most elected officials do. I am not here for free gifts or the acquisition of power, prestige, and wealth. Thursday, December 19, 2013
I am proud to live in Buckingham County, and I am quick to tell people that. My father spent his entire life here, and I hope to do the same. The county provides for its citizens a peaceful place to live with great neighbors. As a county we are blessed that many men and women volunteer to provide Buckingham with emergency fire and medical assistance. Their time and hard work saves the county money that, otherwise, would have to be spent for a paid fire department and rescue squad. Tuesday, December 17, 2013
I must say that our Board of Supervisor’s in Buckingham County must not have had the citizen’s of our county in mind when they voted to close four satellite solid waste disposal sites in the county. I for one seldom IF EVER travel to Route 56 and the majority of the time when I go to Dillwyn it is after hours and the solid waste disposal site there is closed so what am I and others like me supposed to do with our trash and garbage? What about the citizen’s of the country who live at Curdsville and to the south towards the Buckingham/Prince Edward county line? Do District Two Supervisor Donnie Bryan, District Four Supervisor John Staton, District Five Supervisor Cassandra Stish, and District Six Supervisor Joe Chambers Jr. think these people are going to drive from the Appomattox River to Dillwyn just to get rid of their trash? I think not. What we are going to see is our roadways again strewn with trash and garbage. Tuesday, December 17, 2013
I would like to thank the Town of Farmville for the recent installation of cameras at the intersections of High and Oak Streets and Griffin Boulevard and the changes to the traffic light sequences. Thursday, December 12, 2013
To the citizens of Buckingham County and District 3 –
At the December 9 Board of Supervisors meeting our board voted to close unmanned greenbox dumpster sites in our county. Along with Monroe Snoddy and Danny Allen, I voted against this measure. Thursday, December 12, 2013
Once again, misleading information and ignorance are prevailing over common sense, freedom and landowner rights. The latest example is the Cumberland Board of Supervisors recent vote supporting a resolution that opposes Sunday hunting to “preserve our Virginia rural way of life.”
I’ve had the good fortune to hunt in 24 states. All but three allow Sunday hunting. I can assure the Cumberland Board of Supervisors that the rural way of life and the hunting culture are alive and well in all those states. In fact, nothing could preserve Virginia’s strong hunting tradition better than by expanding opportunities and allowing residents the freedom to hunt their own land on Sunday. Tuesday, December 10, 2013
This letter is a big “THANK YOU” to everyone who made the recent raffle held by the Friends of the Farmville/ Prince Edward Community Library a success. Thanks to everyone who sponsored prizes, bought and sold tickets, and made donations, we raised $2,500 for library projects. We also appreciate the positive comments we heard about the library and staff during this fund-raiser. Tuesday, December 10, 2013
President Obama generates one crisis after another. The terribly flawed and cumbersome Affordable Care Act [ACA] now competes with the NSA scandal for headlines and public concern. While the ACA represents an important initiative to advance a national health care program, President Obama was incapable of developing a clear plan that would gain the support of the American public. Too complicated, too conditional and too beholden to the insurance companies to ever gain popular support. Insurance companies do not provide health care, they profit from the lack of a fair and rational system. Thursday, December 5, 2013
The editorial cartoon appearing on Friday November 22 is worth a thousand words. It succinctly shows the consequences of, in many people’s opinion, the right thing to do, i.e. cutting the food stamp program. Perhaps, instead of cutting the program, restrictions which apply to the WIC program should also be applied to food stamps, such as recipients not being able to buy junk food. Tuesday, December 3, 2013
I have a question in regard to the part about ‘non-hunters being kept from hiking in the woods, and horseback riding most everywhere’ wasn’t made clear. Are you talking about private land where one can do all of these things when they want (including those who have written permission by the private land owner on that private land)? Or, are you referring to public land, where hunters have to buy permits to be able to legally hunt about six weeks per year and can use dogs? Tuesday, December 3, 2013
I write in response to the editorial of Nov. 22 comparing the darkness of hunger with 50 Shades of Grey. For those readers who don’t know about the sub-culture of sado-masochism you are not missing anything and actually could be hurt by putting that kind of filth into your mind. However, I did a little bit of research to get the gist of the story. The story is way past the trashy romance novels of the past. I recall a New York homicide cop say that when you wed sexual intimacy with violence you twist the human mind and heart into a monster. The monster in 50 Shades of Grey was named Christian - now is that twisted? In real life, his name was Castro. Ironic, isn’t it? Tuesday, December 3, 2013
President Obama will get a break from “Obamacare” when he pardons the traditional Thanksgiving turkey. Each of us can also set aside our cares by pardoning a turkey and choosing a nonviolent Thanksgiving observance -- One that gives thanks for our good fortune, health, and happiness with a life-affirming, cruelty-free feast of vegetables, fruits, and grains. Tuesday, November 26, 2013
As a regular patron of the Farmville Farmers Market (by way of disclosure also a former vendor at other farmers markets), I was dismayed to learn of the Town’s takeover of its operation. While the number of vendors varies, someone is always there on Wednesday and Saturday to meet my family’s needs, and we enjoy going there. The size of the facility (not large) and the number of vendors seem appropriate for the customer base in our small town, and the variety of produce and crafts is adequate.
The Farmers Market Association’s response to the takeover as reported in the Farmville Herald makes perfect sense to me. I would like to add some comments on the reasons stated for the Town’s takeover. Tuesday, November 26, 2013
The Pamplin Area Library Supporters (PALS) would like to thank all community members who donated baked goods, chili or exhibited art work at the Pamplin Depot “Making More Connections” event on November 9.
I am writing in regards to Mr. Matt Hart’s letter in the Wednesday, November 13th edition of The Farmville Herald, “The Time For Sunday Hunting Is Now”. I respectfully disagree with Mr. Hart. Now Is NOT The Time For Sunday Hunting. As a lifelong resident of Virginia I’ve hunted most of my life…Never on Sunday, not only because it has always been against the law but because I always felt that to do so was being disrespectful of those that don’t hunt. During the months of hunting season, non-hunters are kept from hiking in the woods, biking on public roads, horseback riding most everywhere because of hunters in the woods and on the roads chasing dogs. Hunting is allowed Monday through Saturday, that is enough. Those other activities Mr. Hart mentioned—hiking, fishing, skiing, boating, swimming, while perfectly legal in the state of Virginia on Sunday—don’t involve bullets, buckshot, and arrows flying through the air. Hence, more safe, wouldn’t you say?