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Going to the heart of the uranium debate

The idea of uranium in Virginia seems as incomprehensible as dogwood trees in the Sahara desert. Even after reading the reports from various committees, the National Academy of Sciences report, hearing the contentious debates in the state legislature and seeing pictures of mines online, there is still an air of unreality about the enormous deposit of uranium found in Coles Hill, a settled farming community in the rolling hills of southern Virginia.

Indulging in the idolatry of Obama

Interestingly, I spoke to a very wise woman the morning after the inauguration who had attended the event. The woman, who had voted Democrat straight ticket, supports Obama’s first and now second term in office. 

On uranium mining, a fiscal conservative might well say ‘no’

Traditional conservative values support continuing the moratorium on uranium mining in Virginia. Moving forward with legalization of uranium mining in Virginia would be expensive for taxpayers, with no guarantee the costs would ever be recovered.

Resisting evil in a violent world

The Bible, in one sense, is the story of the cosmic struggle of good versus evil. It teaches us that evil is real, that it is in the world to stay, and that, as Solzhenitsyn said, “The line between good and evil runs through the middle of the human heart.” The Bible also teaches us that we have a duty to resist evil, first in our own hearts, and then in the world, and to work for the good of others. 

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(EDITOR’S NOTE: The following letter written by Anne Cockrell of Pittsylvania County was sent to state legislators to consider before they convene in the 2013 General Assembly session in January. It is reprinted here upon request and with permission.)

Ensuring a vote for Obama: A lesson for the black ‘old guard’

The Presidential Election of 2008 was the first time I participated in the voting process, and in that election, I voted on my convictions of personal beliefs. Socially and economically, then-candidate Barack Obama’s platform, contradicted the convictions and beliefs I held firm; as a result, I decided to vote for his opponent, John McCain. 

LORP, budget debate continues

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Dave Strom of South Boston delivered the following remarks during Monday night’s meeting of the Halifax County School Board, and his remarks are reprinted in this Community Voice column in their entirety.)

With malice toward none: What happens Nov. 7

As a child, I can recall my recollection of a presidential election year, which was in 1992. In that year, incumbent President George H. W. Bush had been defeated by his challenger, Bill Clinton. 

$48 annual Halifax County trash fee explained

The Halifax County Solid Waste Disposal Authority recently was formed by the Halifax County Board of Supervisors.  This action permits the county to place the operation of the county’s solid waste transfer station and the transportation of solid waste from the transfer station to the regional landfill in Mecklenburg County under control of the authority.