Monday morning I found myself having a case of the Monday blues with a 2-year-old who didn’t want to get ready, fog for as far as I could see when driving and a growing checklist greeting me at work that seemed never-ending.
On Oct. 9, you reported that Sentara Halifax is, with some small exceptions that do not matter to the most of us, prohibiting all patients from receiving visitors, allegedly in response to an increase in COVID-19 cases in the county. In the 12 years that I have been reading this paper, I have never seen a more sickening story.
This is just a reminder that unrecognized borderline hearing loss students and the hard of hearing have more difficulty understanding when speech reading is made difficult or impossible by the wearing of COVID-19 masks.
The removal of the confederate soldier from in front of the courthouse is on the ballot this November. I wanted to take a moment and share what I think would be a good compromise.
As we near Election Day, it is time for the bare truth. I am told that to give truth, it should be given in love. This must mean to give truth in the least offensive manner.
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin, and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
Why believe? What causes us to believe? One thing for sure, if we don’t believe, then what kind of life would we have? We all need to believe in something or someone. Sometimes I know we feel it is hard to believe in anything because of what is happening in the world today. But at least we have two choices: we can either choose to believe or not to believe. The best answer I can recommend is God. If you believe in Him then you have the ability to believe that your life will be good.
In a few weeks we will be electing the next president of our country. Both men running are telling us they know what is best for our country. Both have different ideas. They are telling us that we should put our trust in them and we will be just fine.
I began working with the Halifax County Cancer Association in January of 2011. During the last nine plus years, I have made many friends and enjoyed getting to know the cancer patients, their families and supporters of the HCCA. I have often said that I felt my position with the HCCA was God’s calling on my life for the time.
Trump was elected because he is not a politician. He promised to drain the swamp, build the wall and make America great again. And, he did the first three years. In the past 30 years, Democrats and Republicans have allowed partners like China, Mexico, Japan and the European Union to take trillions of our tax money. Trump thinks past presidents have allowed America to be treated like a global “piggy bank.”
All over America, there are efforts to change law enforcement. In some cities, there has been an open effort to defund the police. In other areas, those efforts have taken the form of some insisting that money be shifted from law enforcement to support social services.
Aug. 1, 1946, the men returning from WWII founded the local Halifax Chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). The Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars was formed several years later in January 1949.
Truth is something we need more of in our life. No one in today’s world seems to know the meaning of the word or how to tell it. I know it can be hard sometimes to tell the truth but it is still better than a lie. Haven’t you heard the expression “the truth will set you free?”
Names mentioned in this letter are simply examples of some of the heroes who are fighting to help our local community. All essential workers are extremely valuable, not just those named below.
While I am not dismissing the feeling of oppression that this monument has brought to some residents of Halifax County, I would like to encourage those who feel racially scarred over this, to understand, and know, that the progression of black uplift in Halifax County will never be hindered by idols, or their worshippers.
On Aug. 14, I read that Jack Dunavant was being criticized on the grounds that “he lacks vision for the future and instead wants us to go back.” Others, I have noticed, have been making similar references to the alleged necessity for abandoning the past in favor of keeping up with the times. Leaving aside the merits of Mr. Dunavant’s original letter, I would prefer to consider the significance of these kinds of appeals to history and “progress.”
Not only are we in the middle of a pandemic that is tightening its noose around our necks but now we are having to grapple with free and fair elections maybe we have reverted back to the 1960’s where our privilege to vote was suppressed by guessing how many beans were in a jar.
When individuals cannot grasp or appreciate their connections with others, it gives rise to a sense of isolation, mistrust, hostility or apathy. It leads to a society based upon fragile human relationships. From the perspective of Buddhism, that which creates trust, respect and harmony among people can be described as good. And that which divides people, causing disrespect and mistrust, is regarded as evil.
On Aug. 4 at the White House, the president signed into law a truly historic bill that attracted broad, bipartisan support in Congress. If you find yourself asking, what in the world could bring elected officials from both parties together during a presidential election year when Republicans and Democrats are, as the evening news is happy to point out, far apart on about every issue, you’re not alone.
There have been some outspoken people giving their opinion of what it represents. They associate it to slavery. Well, that could not be any further from the truth!