I was watching the live broadcast of the governor when my friend messaged me saying the protestors in D.C. had made their way past the barricades and into the Capitol. 

My name is minister Shirley Tyree. I have resided in the town of South Boston for 25 years. My late husband has been in Heaven several years now. I do not have any family here close to me, especially siblings.


I will be 77 years old in July. As with many of my generation, I well remember the assassination of JFK in 1963, the events of 1968 including the Vietnam War protests, the murders of Robert Kennedy and Martin L. King Jr. and the tragedy of 911 — all low points in American history. 


I’ve never been one to make new year’s resolutions. You likely won’t hear me talking about losing weight, getting more active or eating healthier — even though I’m sure that’s something I need to do.

With the “year of COVID” barely behind us, we look forward to the new year and the customary resolutions: reduce personal weight, reduce time on social media and reduce consumption of animal foods.

It is a shame and disgrace that President Trump continues to abuse his power of President of the USA. He continues to demonstrate he is not fit to be the President of the greatest country in the world, the USA.

As we start out a new year, we must ask ourselves, “Will this year be different.” After all 2020 has certainly been an upsetting one. I suppose that will be up to all of us. They say life is what you do with it. I truly believe this. First and foremost, in order for the new year to be better we all need to put God first and always in our heart and in everything we do. We have left Him out of things way too long. We need him and until we realize it, nothing is every going to get better.

On Dec. 16, you published a letter in which Wayne Stanfield told us that all religions are true: “Who is right in these beliefs? Well, we all are. All of the world’s religions believe in their God and I would argue that they are the same God…”


As we are preparing for Christmas, whether shopping for gifts or planning to visit relatives, we are making decisions about where we want to be on Christmas Day and is everything as it should be for the big day to be a joyous Christmas for all. Let us pray that all will have a blessed and sa…

It is a shame that President Donald John Trump and many of his followers are attempting to hijack the 2020 presidential election.


This year for Christmas I won’t be able to see everyone that I’d like to, but I’m grateful that I’m able to say they’re still only a phone call away.

Thinking about our new president-elect, I had an epiphany of some historical leaders named Joseph of the 20th century.

In the midst of all the carnage and havoc COVID-19 has left, in the midst of all this suffering, in the midst of the long food lines, in the midst of businesses closing their doors for good, God is still extending His grace and mercy.

Hope sometimes seems hard to come by these days, even for people of faith. Stories of moral decay, dishonesty and corruption seem to fill the news. Since COVID-19 has reared its ugly head, matters even seem worse! What can we say to ourselves and to one another, when it seems the only news is bad news?

I write this as my closing argument to the letter published on Dec. 9, 2020 from Waclaw Bakierowski and to the ongoing discussion stemming from Dane Skelton’s original Community Voice article.

Christmas is such a beautiful time of year. It’s a time when joy and happiness comes alive in all of us. Family and friends get together and enjoy each others’ company. It is a time of showing and giving peace and love to all, something that we definitely need in the world today.

Recently my family has been getting into the holiday spirit by putting up the Christmas tree, wrapping presents, getting Christmas cookies to decorate, riding to see Christmas lights and watching Christmas classics as well as some newer Christmas movies.

Yesterday was Giving Tuesday, the day where individuals are encouraged to give back on the day following the weekend shopping extravaganza that includes Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday.

It is sad that every year there are many who go through great sadness during the holiday season for one reason or another. 


For those who don’t remember him or never heard of him, John Stossel made it big a generation or two ago when he was the co-host of ABC’s show 20/20.

At Bethel Baptist Church on Sunday, the Rev. Kevin Moen read from Psalm 100 that says, “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”

If you lost your job to COVID-19, your local community college has you covered. Thanks to the newly announced Re-Employing Virginians (REV) grants, you could attend a short-term training program, or take an entire semester of classes, at Danville Community College without having to pay tuition and fees.


This week, President Trump will take a break from brooding over his election loss to pardon two turkeys. Every one of us has that same awesome power to pardon an innocent, sentient bird by choosing a plant-based roast for our Thanksgiving dinner.


Regarding the Community Voice article “Velvet colored tyranny” that  cast a negative light on gay parents, I’d like to offer some counterpoints, especially regarding the New Family Structure Study (NFSS) by Sociologist Mark Regnerus mentioned in the article. The study was not praised by the scientific community for its accuracy or adherence to ethical standards. It was more along the lines of you pay for what you get for. 


The election mess we are confronting today reminds me of a famous event in history. Lyndon Johnson’s great biographer Robert Caro has explored in depth the ‘mystery’ of ballot box 13 in Duval County, Texas, after the U.S. Senate run-off election of 1948. At the end of the vote tally Johnson’s vote tally slowly rose. He was declared the winner after 202 votes were discovered in Ballot Box 13 in Alice, Texas, six days after the election. This gave Johnson a final tally that was 87 votes higher than Stevenson’s.


On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month an armistice was signed in Compiegne, France to cease fighting in World War I between the Allied nations and Germany.

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