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All talk and no action

To the editor:

The VA “scandal” seen daily on television caused me to remember South Boston/Halifax County’s solution to help the VA System cope with their overload. 

You may recall several years ago reading in our local papers that Halifax County military veterans created a “steering committee” to consider a plan to help our veterans’ health care needs. Our effort was supported and encouraged by all of our local politicians, veteran organizations and our hospital.

When Mr. Periello was elected, he contacted our committee and also approved of our effort. He even created a “5th District Veterans Advisory Committee” on which some of us served. The purported purpose of this committee was to keep Mr. Periello advised about veterans’ issues and problems.

Mr. Periello arranged a face-to-face meeting in Washington with General Shinseki to present our recommendations. He seemed supportive. We even presented our plan to the House Committee on Veteran Affairs in Washington. The meeting was chaired by Bob Filner (D-Ca.) 

We traveled to another congressional hearing in Bedford. All were supportive except the VA Bureaucracy who sensed a threat to their hegemony and budget.

Somehow, in spite of all of our work, the pilot program from VISN7 was presented via Mr. Periello to Farmville who had made no effort toward this goal. Apparently not that federal politicians care, but our plan would save taxpayer money and expedite care for our veterans.

Having dealt with the arteriosclerotic, self-serving VA bureaucracy, I feel sorry for General Shinseki. Shinseki will be thrown under the bus by politicians, and nothing really will change. 

Congress and presidents have known about this massive problem for years. They are all talk and no action. 

This is a warning. If this VA mess is typical of how the government treats their surviving veterans, what will Obamacare do to you?

My solution? Give the veterans an insurance card good anywhere if they can’t get into the VA healt care system.

“For God and Country.”

Roger W. Browne, M.D.

South Boston


Better for you and family

To the editor:

Summer’s almost here, and folks getting ready to fire up their outdoor grills for some outdoor cooking face a deadly choice of inflicting food poisoning or cancer on family and friends: food poisoning by E. coli and Salmonella bacteria, if they undercook the meat; cancer, if they heat meat to the point of creating cancer-causing compounds. 

Luckily, a bunch of enterprising food manufacturers and processors have met this challenge head-on by developing a great variety of healthful, delicious, and convenient, un-chicken, veggie burgers and soy dogs. These delicious plant-based foods don’t harbor nasty pathogens or cancer-causing compounds. They don’t even carry cholesterol, saturated fats, drugs or pesticides. 

And, they are available in the frozen food section at most supermarkets and natural food stores everywhere. 

Check out the array of alternative cheese and mayonnaise substitutes, delicious and cholesterol free, in the refrigerated section, too.

These plant-based alternatives offer a superb opportunity to consign meat to a bad memory and make a fresh start by sharing wholesome veggie options that are better for you and your family and friends.


Gary Veitzmann



Let us pray

To the editor:

I hope everyone read the letter that Senator Frank Ruff wrote to the editor of The Gazette-Virginian about a week ago.

He told us how the government is trying to eliminate prayer from almost everywhere.

Prayer already has been eliminated from schools, meeting places, government buildings and other places. Where will they go next, maybe churches?

If you did not get the letter you can go by The Gazette-Virginian and get a copy of the May 21st edition. Send the contents to people on the Internet or post on Facebook!

Maybe it will make people more aware of a serious problem.

Thank you senator.


Dan Newkirk

South Boston


Seeking all WWII veterans

To the editor:

The South Boston/Halifax County Museum is seeking to find all Halifax County living World War II veterans. 

The museum will host a program on D-Day and World War II June 7 at 7 p.m. featuring Larry Clark as the guest speaker. 

At that program all living WWII veterans will be honored.

Anyone who knows of a living World War II veteran is asked to contact Beth Coates at the museum at 572-9200.

Beth Coates

Museum Director


In search of relatives 

To the editor:

We, the descendants of George Washington Jones and Rosetta (Rose) Barnett Jones, are looking for all of their known relatives in the Halifax County area. 

We would like to inform them of our first family reunion to be held in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on July 25 -27.

George Washington Jones was born about 1863. Based on conversations with several family members (now deceased), George’s siblings names were Fannie, Mack and John. George’s parents’ names are unknown: according to the census information, they were both born in Virginia.

George Washington Jones married Rosetta (Rose) Barnett between the time of the 1900 and 1902. We’ve ascertained this fact because their oldest child was born about 1902, and Rose was still in her father’s home in Person County, North Carolina during the 1900 U.S. Census. 

They were the parents of 12 children: Joseph, Lena, Lona (Lonnie), Fannie, Beatrice, Carrie, Jefferson, Sylvester (Alvester), George, Lucille, Mack and Alphonso (Alonzo).

The family lived in Danville, Banister District in Halifax County and South Boston (according to 1910 and 1920 U.S. Census): and Winston-Salem, North Carolina (moved to North Carolina between 1924 and 1930.

Additionally, we believe that George was related to Samuel (Sam) II Jones (maybe first cousins): George and Samuel’s fathers were brothers. 

Samuel was married to Mary Chappell and from their union, they became parents to a daughter named Roxie A. Jones. 

Roxie Jones married Lawrence Guthrie: they were parents to a daughter named Annie Bell Guthrie.


Jennifer Jones Abdul-WaIi

Great-granddaughter of George Washington Jones and Rosetta Barnett Jones

Chairperson, Jones Family Reunion Committee 2014

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