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

 

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.

 

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.

 

There are many people all over the world that could use our help. In fact some of them might be in your neighborhood that is searching for some means to survive. The sad thing is they feel as if they have no one to turn to. There is some who feel as if they have been forgotten. These people need to know that even if they’re suffering now, help soon will come. That life as they know it is not over. They hold onto their faith to get by and in their heart they believe that someone will hear their cry and reach out to them. 

 

Our statue on the Courthouse Square was first erected in 1910, a mere 45 years after the Civil War, to honor the memory of those brave men who lost their lives defending their state from an invading Union Army.  

 

As Halifax County citizens head to the polls in record numbers, a particular question faces them on the ballot “Should the Confederate statue be relocated from the Courthouse?” 

I hope everyone will get out and vote for Donald Trump for President. While he is not smooth and polished like normal politicians, and speaks a lot of times when he should shut up, he has done a great deal for this country in the almost four years he has been in office. This is without help from Democrats or Republicans. 

 

In our last presidential election, 65,844,554 people voted for Hillary Clinton while 62,979,879 people voted for Donald Trump, a difference of 2,864,675 giving Hillary the popular vote, but the Electoral College gave the election to Trump. 

 

The letter-to-the-editor published Oct. 21 by Waclaw Bakierowski made a lot of sense. It fits in with an article I just read related to the same topic - liberty.

I am writing to ask you to vote no on removing our memorial to local troops from the front of the courthouse. This is a simple memorial to two of my ancestors who were killed and never returned home, and in my view, it is a memorial to all Halifax County troops that did not return home. 

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On my way home last week, I slowed down a bit to glance at a yard sign that had been on display for several weeks. On the front of the bright blue sign demarcating “Biden-Harris, Warner, Webb,” someone had scrawled something in ugly red and splotchy spray paint. It read “TRUMP 2020.” 

 

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. 

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.

We have a very important election coming up in November. It is very important that all concerned citizens vote the Democratic ticket.

Before the election on Nov. 3, the American people need to know about Joe Biden and his family, and how Joe Biden used his political power to make his family rich.

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.” 

 

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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. 

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