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Opinion – Anyone can dance and sing

In college, I spent a great deal of my free time dancing. I was the president of a Latin dance team. I went every week ... Read more

4 days ago by Alexa Massey.

Opinion – School improvements should be funded by supervisors

I agree with Prince Edward County Supervisor Jim Wilck’s June 11 guest column and news article published June 9 in The Farmville Herald and Herald ... Read more

4 days ago by Guest Columnist.

Opinion – Make sure to close mental tabs

I’m sure you know a coworker or family member who always seems to have 20 tabs open at the same time. We’ve got a lot ... Read more

6 days ago by Alexa Massey.

Opinion – Less democracy is never a good choice

Apparently frustrated with the fruits of the democratic process, the Prince Edward County Board of Supervisors recently had County Administrator Doug Stanley look into how ... Read more

6 days ago by Roger Watson.

OPINION — A new plan for Prince Edward County Schools

With none of our three schools accredited, student SOLs falling yet again and a high school that has fallen to a ranking of 314 out ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Jim Wilck.

OPINION — Virginia has a low rate of recidivism

Gov. Ralph Northam recently announced Virginia had maintained its consistently solid ranking as a low-recidivism state. Those who are incarcerated in Virginia return to prison ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Tommy Wright.

OPINION — The founding fathers were far from perfect

While perfect is what we should all work toward in everything we do, seldom do we reach that goal every time. There has been only ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Frank Ruff.

OPINION — Mr. Pibb brings some fizz to my life

June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month and coincides with “kitten season” in the U.S., the time in which many litters of kittens are born ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Alexa Massey.

Biden’s tax plan will hurt the economy

In Washington, President Joe Biden is patting himself on his back for his plans to raise your taxes. During his campaign last year, he repeatedly ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Frank Ruff.

OPINION — Save some time for solace this Memorial Day

As Benjamin Franklin walked out of Independence Hall at the close of the Constitutional Convention in 1787, an elder woman approached him and asked, “Well ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Guest Columnist.

OPINION — Resources for DMV and unemployment help

On May 14, Governor Ralph Northam announced his administration was ending the mask mandate in Virginia immediately, following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Matt Fariss.

OPINION — We must reverse the trend of violent crime in Virginia

The lead story of the May 16 Gazette Virginian was a murdered teen shot to death. Same newspaper, next edition, the lead story was a ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Frank Ruff.

OPINION — Inflation is quickly becoming a problem

In previous weeks, I warned you that the policy of the administrations in Richmond and Washington would result in inflation. To the surprise of many, ... Read more

1 month ago by Staff Report.

OPINION – There are no black and white answers

Delegate Tommy Wright would like us to believe criminal justice is all black or white. If you commit a crime, you should go to prison ... Read more

1 month ago by Roger Watson.

Democrats want to bring back parole

It flew under the radar, but last week’s Democratic gubernatorial debate laid down a significant marker for the party headed to November. Regardless of who ... Read more

1 month ago by Tommy Wright.

OPINION – Get vaccinated and bungee jump off High Bridge?

Typically, it does not pay to procrastinate, but when it comes to getting a COVID-19 vaccination, it seems the longer you hold out the sweeter ... Read more

1 month ago by Roger Watson.

OPINION — New voting laws to bring more people to the polls

In four weeks, Virginians will return to the polls for primary contests, including the statewide races for the Democratic ticket for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney ... Read more

1 month ago by Guest Columnist.

OPINION — We must work to restore our nation’s work ethic

As acid corrodes aluminum, once it starts it gets worse faster and faster. We are watching this happen before our eyes. The headline in the ... Read more

1 month ago by Frank Ruff.

OPINION — The SVCC Class of 2021 is stupendous

Southside Virginia Community College will honor its 2021 graduates in a virtual celebration to be released May 15 at 9:30 a.m. Students, their families and ... Read more

2 months ago by Quentin Johnson.

OPINION – Our students must be prepared to compete

The education of our young people is at risk. Parents, grandparents and would-be parents need to be aware. Attacks are coming from many directions. We ... Read more

2 months ago by Frank Ruff.

OPINION – We need children back in school now

President Biden is coming to Yorktown this week to talk about his education plans. This is an excellent opportunity to remind him and Virginians that ... Read more

2 months ago by Tommy Wright.

OPINION – 868 days and counting in economic slump

It’s been quite some time since Prince Edward County has had an economic development project deemed worthy of an announcement from the governor’s office – ... Read more

2 months ago by Roger Watson.

OPINION — Can SEC power be depended on after a major weather event?

The problem with Southside Electric Cooperative’s (SEC) recent presentation to the Prince Edward County Board of Supervisors was that it made it very clear that ... Read more

2 months ago by Roger Watson.

OPINION — What happened when the COVID reporter caught the virus?

Over the course of the last year, I more or less fell into the position of The Herald’s COVID-19 correspondent. I remember distinctly sitting at ... Read more

2 months ago by Alexa Massey.

OPINION – Don’t get upset, start fixing the problem

Prince Edward County Supervisor Bobby Jones said it upsets him that professionals who work in Farmville live outside the area. The issue also came up ... Read more

2 months ago by Roger Watson.

OPINION — Protecting our children

Colorful blue pinwheel gardens are springing up in our area, the state and even across the nation, and you may be asking yourself, “What’s it ... Read more

2 months ago by Betty Ramsey.

OPINION – Windsor police incident should be investigated

On Wednesday, during the reconvened session, Governor Ralph Northam’s proposed changes to a marijuana legalization bill were accepted by the General Assembly. This allows limited ... Read more

2 months ago by Matt Fariss.

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