I received a sad call this morning from Joy Woolard telling me what I have been dreading to hear. After a long courageous fight, my friend Mike Woolard has passed. It seems at my age this kind of news is all too common.

Last week we were told of the new Ministry of Truth — “Disinformation Governance Board.” And then with the announcement by AG Garland of the new “Office of Environmental Justice” I started to imagine how Republicans could reverse all these bizarre, asinine initiatives by the crazies we have in office. 


Can you believe the meat price increases predicted by USDA Economic Research Service? 15% for red meat and 11% for fish and eggs! It’s way over the predicted 8% inflation rate, already the highest in four decades.


Russian President Vladimir Putin just gave a rousing speech in a packed Moscow soccer stadium to justify Russia’s Ukraine invasion. Thousands cheered Putin as he spoke. Many Russians apparently oppose the invasion. Too bad they didn’t greet him with silence, or at least lukewarm applause to register their dismay.


Every year we hear these four words because it deals with daylight savings time. In the spring we turn our clocks up an hour and in the fall we turn them back an hour. What if everything we do in life dealt with these words?

With last week being National Doctor Appreciation Week, I would like to say that Dr. West McDowell is one of the best! 


For over 24 years, I have owned and operated a water bottling facility in Southern Virginia. Through the years I have learned the ins and outs of bottled water, the industry, and how to operate a business. One of the most critical responsibilities of owning a business is the monetary responsibility I have to my employees. No matter what happens with my business and the industry, at the end of the day I owe 80 employees a paycheck every week. 


The proposed project would be great for those of us from the county that have RVs that live in other states. 


In rural Virginia, many acres of farm, field and forestlands now are being sold for short term (and significant) windfall profits for small family farms. 


Education in Halifax County Public Schools is a disaster. We’re graduating kids from high school who can barely read and write, and, in the process, we are denying our brightest kids the opportunity to get a proper education. That is shameful, and it is the responsibility of our school board to correct it.  


Sometimes we fail to recognize the brave men and women who dedicate their lives to savings lives and making like better for everyone. These people don’t ask for praise or glory. They do what they do out of love. It gives them the satisfaction of knowing that they are making a real difference. If only we had more of this kind of dedication in the world today.

After Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968, I remember our high school halls were lined with small groups of black students, standing in solidarity. Classes were somber and orderly. Then came Sen. Robert F. Kennedy’s murder, a violent Democratic National Convention riot in Chicago, a divisive presidential campaign, and our country’s deadliest year in Vietnam. Even grownups were bewildered.

The debate of critical race theory (CRT) is causing commotion at your local school board meetings; leading to the banning of books; advocating snitching on educators while simultaneously the same voices are arguing for gathering all the unmasked students and sequestering them in classrooms to teach them the European American education system.


My elderly mom had to watch her 17-year-old kitty pass away in her arms because there is an owner out here who allows his/her unaltered dogs to roam freely. 


I do not support the decision of placing a statue of Henrietta Lacks or of anyone at any place. One statue is no better than the other. I think if it is a replica of someone or something it is an engraved image. Cities who do historical markers get it right. A monument for the deceased is called a tombstone and that is placed at the dead person’s grave.

Halifax County Public Schools have released a change in their mask policy. It acts as a get-out-of-jail-free card for anti-mask parents. 


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In Western churches, Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, six and a half weeks before Easter, and provides for a 40-day fast, in imitation of Jesus Christ’s fasting in the wilderness before he began his public ministry. Many Christians abstain from animal foods during Lent.

I recently read a story in your newspaper about the Halifax County Board of Supervisors recommending a statue of Henrietta Lacks be placed in Edmunds Park, which is located just off Highway 360 near Scottsburg. Although no solution is a perfect solution, I have to ask residents of Halifax County to consider a more practical location in honoring the contribution and legacy of Mrs. Lacks to modern medicine. 


I was grateful to read the article entitled “Anniversary Headcount” written by Jeff Oakes of South Boston, VA printed in the Gazette Virginian “Letters to the Editor,” Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022. He remarkably said what is truth and reality and what many are fearful to write or speak about. 

The Halifax County Planning Commission’s recent recommendation that the board of supervisors approve VIR’s Conditional Use Permit request to construct 18 more villas is disappointing at best and irresponsible at worst. This Conditional Use Permit currently has no conditions attached, according to newspaper reports.

One year into the Biden presidency and our country is one self-inflicted disaster away from imploding. Our enemies no longer fear us, our allies no longer respect us, and the world is on the brink of Armageddon…Russia vs Ukraine, China vs Taiwan, North Korea vs South Korea/Japan/USA, Taliban vs Christians, women, modern society, etc. Economic sanctions don’t mean squat to China or Russia. China owns the manufacturing rights to just about everything we need to function in our country, from computer chips for cars to solar panels for electricity, to the shoes on our feet. Russia, never a nation to pass on an opportunity, received Biden’s blessing on a new pipeline to Europe, securing Russia’s stranglehold on the region for natural gas. Keystone pipeline, canceled! Come on, man!

Right after WWII the Nuremberg trials were held. “They were a series of 13 trials carried out in Nuremberg, Germany. 

In addition to the names listed in last week’s edition, the Salvation Army Halifax/South Boston unit would like to thank Ryland Clark and Don Bagwell for volunteering their time to the bell ringing efforts. 


Many politicians want to make wearing a mask not mandatory. I don’t think this is a good idea. Wearing a mask helps me and others socialize together. Maybe some day when the coronavirus is over we won’t need to wear masks. But, that hasn’t happened yet. 


This infant stage of the third decade of the 21st century has become a chaotic time where one group is still fighting a color-confrontation with itself while other groups are looking to change what could be described as an “America Dilemma?” 


The Salvation Army Halifax/South Boston unit would like to thank those who gave of their finances as well as those who volunteered their time during the season of bell ringing. 


Sen. Robert Dole’s recent passing reminded me of the perennial boxing contender who finally gets his title shot well past his prime; or the legendary actor who receives a “Lifetime Achievement Award” instead of the elusive Oscar. Most of us would, or should be proud of such a legacy.

It’s no secret, the recent years have not been easy for all of us. COVID-19 has “wrecked havoc” and still is in many areas. It just won’t seem to go away. While the challenges are great, hope is not gone!

With Christmas and Hanukkah behind us, we look forward to the new year and New Year’s resolutions: to step away from social media, lose some weight and, perhaps, to go vegan. Yes, that.


Infrastructure — the basic physical and organizational structures and facilities, as buildings, roads, power plants, communication systems, etc. needed for the operation of a society or enterprise (Webster’s New World College Dictionary). 


Ever so often, this issue winds up in the headlines, and I wonder why. Why are there so many (mostly) men want there to be no abortions period? Now I’m 70-plus years old, and I’ve never had one. I’m the mother of three.

I wanted to comment on the salaries and new high school. First and foremost classified employees should receive several steps on a salary scale as they have been lied to for years saying a salary scale would be implemented only to have teacher pay be prioritized over low paying salaries. 


I commend President Joe Biden for the infrastructure bill that will help to improve and fix the bridges and the roads in the USA. Also, it will help to get broadband in the rural area of this country.


A gas station clerk greeted me with a smile when I entered to pay for gas. She was in mid-sentence when I walked in, but since no one else was there, I assumed she was talking to me. After an awkward moment, she gestured that she was speaking to someone on her hands-free phone. Awkward for me, not her.


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