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Letters to the Editor for April 9, 2009

SoVaNow.com / April 09, 2009
Boycotting reality

To The News & Record Editor:

Thank you for you honest approach to journalism and sharing unbiased reporting of local news. I found the position of the Gazette-Virginian regarding printing the name and image of Mr. Perriello very distressing, particularly its refusal to report Mr. Perriello’s fathers sudden death and the biases reporting of local veterans meeting with Secretary of Veteran Affairs. The following letter was sent to the editor of the Gazette-Virginian. No doubt it will not be printed. I simply could not sit by and leave this position unchallenged. You may print my letter just in case there are other patriots out there who might be interested.

Dear Gazette-Virginian Editor,

Since just after the Holidays I have been bothered by the content of the Gazette-Virginian newspaper and for sometime could not figure out why. Over the past few week, after seeing the other local papers with positive stories about activities in Washington, it hit me like a big dose of censorship. There has been no mention of our newly elected Congressman, nor any pictures. A little digging resulted in the fact that the Gazette-Virginian refuses to print the name or image of the man elected by the people of the 5th District to represent them in Washington. You have gone so far as to crop pictures and not print articles from the AP and other news sources. Since I suspect that if I mention his name, my letter will also likely not get printed, I will simply refer to him as Congressman.

It goes without saying that Washington lost a good legislator when our former Congressman was defeated. I personally have been a friend of the former Congressman for more than 7 years and as a politically active person, I know that no one in the House of Representatives was more responsive to his constituents than Virgil Goode. I also know that despite his loss in November, Virgil would not agree with any paper refusing to acknowledge their elected official. While our new Congressman may not be of the right stuff for your paper to acknowledge him, it would seem that your readers deserve to know of his activities on behalf of those that did vote for him. It is such a childish gesture and smacks of the proverbial “head in the sand”.

I spent 20 years serving my country in the military to keep it free. I believe in free speech, but not in censorship of my news. The free press in America allows you to print unbalanced and biased news rather than what’s in the best interest of the citizens and your readers. It also allows me to tell you that I am disappointed that the mind of the paper’s publisher is so narrow that the harm of such a path can’t be seen. I was particularly offended by the recent omission of all reference to the positive things our Congressman is doing for our veterans and the military of which I was a part of for 20 years.

That same freedom allows me to refuse to read your paper or support it with advertising, which I have done unless the paper again includes all of the news. I exercise my right to tell you that I refuse to read and support your paper, and to tell others that as well. Personally I am very tired of the bias your paper has shown since I returned home in 1983 after 20-years active duty in the Air Force. This is not the first time that the paper has done a disservice to the citizens by its reporting. The negativism and bias to suit your views are clouding the view of the citizens of this county by printing one-sided stories or no story at all. Had I wanted to live where news was reported to distort the truth or color it to suit the writers, I could have found quite a few places in the world to live, though few would have been as pleasant as Halifax County in America.

This is not a matter of personal politics as you have made it, not an issue of Republican or Democrat; it is a matter of patriotism. It is a matter living up to the principles on which the foundation of this democracy was built. The divisive position taken by the Gazette-Virginian goes against all of those things which I hold dear. Your position is both selfish and self serving. It is the infliction of your narrow minded views on free people because you hold the power of the pen.

It would be my desire that the paper end this silly boycott of reality. Regardless of what you print, he is our Congressman, and he will be our Congressman until someone defeats him. As a grassroots advocate and leaders of a national healthcare trade organization, I would be totally ineffective if I refused to acknowledge various members of the House or Senate because I objected to their winning an election. I certainly would not be an effective advocate for my causes. Ignoring a person doesn’t make them go away, if so you would have been gone a long time ago.

I challenge you to use your bully pulpit for the greater good of the community and its people and stop playing a game with the news. I’m tired of listening to ongoing complaints about your paper by people who are afraid to speak up for fear of retribution with your Talk of the Town comments. That’s another freedom I love about America, my right to tell you how I feel. You would have done well to have been a member of Rotary International; their motto is “Service Above Self”

Regards,
Wayne E. Stanfield

Exciting times

Dear Viewpoint:

These are exciting times. In my generation, the Jewish people have been returning to the nation of Israel that had not excited for over 1800 years. Their return is prophesied in, Deuteronomy 30: 1-5, Isaiah 14: 1, 25: 1, 2a, 43: 5, 6, Jeremiah 23: 7, 8, 24: 6; Ezekiel 36: 24, 33-36, 39: 25-29.

Only in my generation, because of the weaponry that is now available, can we better comprehend how Zechariah 14:12 could happen. Only in my generation has the technology been available to understand how Revelation 11:9 and 13: 16, 17 could be accomplished. There are other prophecies that are being fulfilled in our day, Romans 1: 19-25, II Timothy 3: 1-7.

Indeed these are very exciting times that we are living in.

Yours in Christ,

John O. Irby, II
Halifax


HCCA thank-you

Dear Viewpoint:

On behalf of the Halifax County Cancer Association, I would like to thank everyone who participated in any way with the spaghetti supper/auction/raffle on April 3 at the American Legion Post 8. This includes those who sold and bought tickets, the American Legion Post 8 for setting up the tables and making sure the hall was clean, the merchants who donated items for the raffle/auction, Sam Golightly for selling so many tickets and the men of the Halifax United Methodist Church who worked countless hours preparing and serving the spaghetti dinner for everyone to enjoy, those who made spaghetti sauce and desserts, Chris Eutsler who volunteered his time to do the live auction, those participating in the live auction and those who bought raffle tickets. Thanks to the students from the high school who came and helped in any way and to all of the volunteers who gave so unselfishly of their time to help such a worthy cause. Thanks to the Gazette Virginian and the News & Record for publishing it in the newspaper and WHLF, WSBV and WAKG for announcing it on the radio. There were so many individuals who helped in so many ways that we hope we haven’t left anyone off of the list, but, if we did, please forgive us. Without God intervening in so many lives this event would not have been such a success. We raised in excess of $5,000 through this event. This money will help us continue supplying gas vouchers for our cancer patients to get to and from the doctor for treatments or check ups, cancer related medications and supplies, in home care, turbans/wigs, and much more. It doesn’t matter how rich or poor your are, cancer can strike at any moment. Again, we greatly appreciate all you have done and continue to do for this organization. With your support, we can and will continue to make a difference in the lives of our local cancer patients. If you weren’t able to give for this event, perhaps you will be able to help at the next event. Remember, all proceeds given to the HCCA stays right here in Halifax County helping our local cancer patients. If you or someone you know needs our help, please call 572-2714. Leave a message and we will return your call. If you would like to send a tax deductible contribution, please mail to HCCA, P.O. Box 875, South Boston, VA 24592.

May God bless you all in all you do.
Rhonda Reaves, Executive Director
Clara Rogers, Event Chairman


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