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Letters to the Editor for April 16, 2009

SoVaNow.com / April 20, 2009
Hard to find words

Dear Viewpoint:

It is hard to find the words to express our gratitude for the support given by so many people during my husband’s illness and death. Many churches in the area had him on their prayer list for months. People that we did not even know were praying for him. We just want to say “thank you” for the support shown through prayers, phone calls, cards, flowers, food and monetary donations which have gone towards the support of Harold’s favorite charities.

In grateful appreciation,

Margie Bowers, Stephanie Bowers, Sheryl McWilliams

Success at the museum

Dear Viewpoint:

The South Boston-Halifax County Museum of Fine Arts and History had another successful antique fair this month. Billed as Treasures from the Attic, it was the third annual Appraisal Fair.

Experts from around the state and out of state were available for appraisal of an unlimited number of articles. Some of the appraisers were experts in the categories of coins and currency, folk art, pottery, toys and games, clocks, timepieces, jewelry and art glass. Another was sought for war memorabilia, especially the Civil War. Another was appraising photos, prints, artwork and paintings.

Beth Redd, Director, expressed the most sincere gratitude to the sponsors: All-Pro Carpet Cleaners, Inc., Climate Control, Inc., South Boston Insurance, McDannald Construction, Brandon Scearce Insurance and Liberty Mini Mart. She praised the wonderful volunteers and those attending and to those who are willing to share a part of history when they loan articles that allow the display committee to prepare and assemble such wonderful and educational exhibits. She added, “We are proud to have a free admission policy that enables the museum to be accessible to the entire community.”

Personally, I look forward to the Fair each year. Whether your article is valuable or not, it is interesting to learn its history. I brought in a pottery wine jug a relative had sent to his family from Spain in the period after the Civil War when he worked there for several years. When I pulled it out of the box it was in, the appraiser said at once, “It’s a Tudor style from Italy, and the price, from a hundred to two hundred.” But I wouldn’t trade it for a million!

Sincerely,

Helen Miller

Board Member

Bold decision

Dear Viewpoint:

I commend President Barrack Obama for his bold decision to given the orders to US Navy Seals to rescue the captain of the US vessel who was being held hostage off the coast of Somilia. The captain was being held for ransom by Somilia pirates. It is the policy of the United States not to pay ransom to terrorist or hostage takers. Many in the new media thought that Mr. Obama might be weak in military matters. But his action shows that he is not only strong on finicial matters of this county but also strong in military matters. Even Rush Limbaugh had positive comments on President Obama handling the rescue of the captain. Mr. President keep up the good work.

John Woody

A real hero

Dear Viewpoint:

The captain of the Maersk cargo ship in my opinion is a real hero. He sacrificed his own life so that the lives of the others on board would be spared. How many of us would sacrifice our lives for the benefit of others? He should get a medal of honor for his act of heroism. A real American hero.

Paul DuPont



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