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COMMUNITY VOICE: Volunteers, funding desperately needed

By Tim Boelte 

It’s 2:30 a.m. on any given morning. You wake up and know something isn’t right. Insert your own emergency story here. It can be that you are having severe chest pain. Maybe your child is having breathing problems. Maybe the dog is going crazy, and you smell smoke. 

COMMUNITY VOICE: See, I told you so

By Barry Bank

I told you so. Regarding an article entitled “Numbers dip in Halifax, across Southside region” recently published in a local newspaper, the results posted by University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Services were like those indicated in several letters I submitted to the newspapers in Halifax County over the last 10 or so years. 

COMMUNITY VOICE: Expanding health coverage important for all Virginians

By Dr. Habib Bassil

The inability of so many of our fellow citizens to access basic health insurance coverage represents a public health crisis that is undermining the well-being and security of the most vulnerable in our community.

COMMUNITY VOICE: ‘Leaving it alone’ should not be option

By Anne Cockrell


(EDITOR’S NOTE: The following e-mail was sent to Danville City Council members).  


You truly have a huge toxic mess to deal with regarding Sunday’s (Feb. 2) coal ash spill into the Dan River.  I can appreciate the seriousness of the spill, as I, and many, many others, have spent the last six-plus years trying to prevent a potential spill from ever occurring near the headwaters of the Roanoke and Banister Rivers, namely from the proposal to mine and mill uranium. 

COMMUNITY VOICE: The income inequality proverbs

By Dane Skelton

None of the problems of economic justice we face are new. Every advanced civilization has had to deal with them. The wisdom to solve them was revealed long ago.

COMMUNITY VOICE: Unfortunately, a true story

By Karen Robertson

Halifax County Humane Society President


I’m looking in the window on a cold snowy night watching a family gathered around the fire as lights from the Christmas tree cast their holiday spell. The children are playing with a fat little puppy and over in the corner a contented cat lies fast asleep. But looking is all I can do. You see, I’m what the humans call an old stray dog. My ribs are showing, and I’m dirty. My paws are cut and bleeding, but I’ve no choice but to keep on walking. I don’t belong anywhere.

COMMUNITY VOICE: Uranium mining: What exactly is it?

By Jordan Bagbey


I cannot claim to be an expert on uranium mining; however, I have researched the topic academically and feel qualified to at least discuss it. 

COMMUNITY VOICE: In defense of the school board

By Cheryl Watts

A trustee pretty much has a thankless job. 

COMMUNITY VOICE: Former regulator refused to talk about money

By Katie Whitehead

Paid consultant Kevin Scissons recently stated that it would be ridiculous to suggest that the United States could not mine and mill uranium safely in Virginia; after all, the U.S. put a man on the moon.