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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. 

Views expressed in letters to the editor do not represent opinions of The Gazette-Virginian or staff members.

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.

 

I am writing in response to a letter to the editor recently written by Halifax Town Council Member Jack Dunavant. 

 

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. 

 

Last year, various citizens collaborated with the Halifax Chamber of Commerce to develop a comprehensive strategic plan for the future of our county. 

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! 

 

Unfortunately I couldn’t make it to last week’s board of supervisor’s meeting on the confederate monument, but I’m hearing that our fellow natives are worried about erasing history, so a few facts.

 

We often ask ourselves what caused America to make such drastic changes. It once was considered a country that was fair to all people and a land filled with unlimited possibilities. Now there is so much going on that no one seems to know what happened to America.

 

On Aug. 3, I attended the Board of Supervisors meeting in Halifax and was dismayed by what I experienced. There were numerous citizens in attendance to present their ideas on how the county could work to achieve greater unity. Most of the speakers centered on the Confederate soldier statue in the courthouse compound. At times the meeting was disrupted by a group of individuals who obviously came only to be uncivil and attempt to drown out presentations by citizens (Black and white) who supported the removal of the statue.

As I read the hullaballoo about S.J. “Jack” Dunavant Jr.’s letter to the editor, I can’t help but wonder what happened to free speech?

I was born in Halifax County and spent my youth in a community that was deeply segregated. That segregation was enforced through the power of law for the benefit of the white community and to the detriment of the black community. 

 

As a former citizen of Halifax County, I am very appalled at the overtones of the opinion letter written by S.J.”Jack” Dunavant Jr. in The Gazette-Virginian. 

 

 I am a native of Halifax County and a proud heir of all that is good in this town. I have gone on to be a public servant as a federal agent for the past 15 years, and I hold in deep regard the principles of honor and integrity rooted deeply in me by my family and an amazing community. 

 

I have a friend who has been a friend of mine for 10 years. Six years ago, her knees began to give her so much pain she could hardly walk. When she went grocery shopping, she would buy a few items at a time, rest and then go back to finish her shopping.

We’re living in an unprecedented time — the coronavirus pandemic impacts all of us, and the situation is changing from day to day. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and out of control.

The most notable quote that resonates in this moment for me was spoken by the late Honorable John Lewis who said, “If not us, then who? If not now, then when?” 

The Halifax County School Board, the superintendent, his staff and everyone concerned have been working awfully hard to deal with an unprecedented situation. I applaud them for their efforts. The safety of our students and teachers—one of whom is my wife—is paramount. But I wonder if we’re missing a way forward that, because of politics and not science, has not been considered.

 

In August 1966, I had the opportunity to come to Virginia from my home in Indiana to be employed by the Halifax County Public School division.

On behalf of the members of the Scottsburg Volunteer Fire Department, we would like to take a moment to thank each and every person who helped make the 4th of July parade and fundraiser a success.  

 

We are killing America, you and I. We are paying able bodied men not to work and paying poor mothers to have illegitimate children out of wedlock--and the more she has the more money she makes.  

We the citizens of Halifax County have another opportunity to voice our support for the Constitution of the United States and our rights as citizens by helping to advance an upcoming resolution in support of the Second Amendment.

 

Many worry about our future. Not me — I’m optimistic. What we are seeing is a battle between good and evil, and I see good winning.

 

This year, Halifax County Rescue Squad has been blessed with receiving an 80/20 grant for a new ambulance. This means the grant covered 80% of the cost of the truck and powerload system with a cot. We’re thrilled to have received this grant! This will give HCRS a fourth truck.  

 

I am a parent of three children. My first child graduated in 2017. My middle child just graduated in June, and my third child will be attending eleventh grade at Halifax County High School this year. I share these details to confirm and show my continued interest in the school system and the education of our students in Halifax County.  

 

I am a 68-year-old white female retired attorney and a resident of the county of Halifax from 1965-1972 and 1983 to the present. I ask that you help make Halifax County actively anti-racist, beginning with the modest, but highly symbolic removal of a Confederate statue.  

 

Many worry about our future. Not me  — I’m optimistic. What we are seeing is a battle between good and evil and I see good winning.

Col. John S. Mosby, the famous Confederate “partisan ranger,” probably opposed slavery and certainly condemned secession. 

 

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