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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Wednesday, June 13

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Courtesy alive, well in county

To the editor:

Courtesy is alive and well in South Boston and Halifax County.

I recently had the misfortune of a broken hip. A 911 call brought help to my door in less than 10 minutes. I was x-rayed quickly and prepped for surgery. At 1 p.m. the same day I had a hip replacement and was back in my hospital room. Now you tell me where anyone can beat that.

A broken hip is not the worst of happenings, but it takes hard work to recover. I daily accused those lovely therapists at Halifax Regional Hospital of shackling me down and making me do exercises. Of course I knew better.

Once I was allowed to drive, my battered green Mustang and I took off.

Everywhere I went with my walking stick in tow, I just ran into the most courteous people anyone could hope to see. Holding doors open, stopping cars allowing injured folk to cross to the store entrances. Often people would offer to help. It was heartwarming. Halifax Countians, I appreciate all of you.

Having lived here all my life and having been a senior citizen for quite awhile, I do have a few quirks though. I really don’t understand why I resent these “click it or ticket” signs that are everywhere. I’d no more not buckle my seat belt than I’d take off down the road with my driver’s side car door open. 

Careless folk deserve to be ticketed for not buckling up. Were it up to me, I’d add on to the ticket that they do 12 hours of community work like picking up trash on the highways. I get the feeling that they are the type of people who are more likely to litter.

Another item that bugs me is these (I call them) threats that come attached to my tax bill and my Halifax County Service Authority bill warning that I had better pay up on time or else.

May I tell you about most senior citizens? We pay our bills, and we pay them on time. Most of us buy things that we can pay for. Sure we get Social Security and Medicare, but we paid for that too. We came along when credit cards were unheard of, and during our working years we sat aside portions of our pay for a rainy day. If we didn’t have the money to pay for something, then we either didn’t need it or would wait until we did.

Most of us now have paid up life insurance; we have our supplement insurance and likely long-term care coverage.

Certainly we keep our home insured and vehicles as well. All this does not come cheap, but we manage because we know how.

Whew, I feel better already and thank you to the many Halifax County courteous people.

Lillian Cole

South Boston

Senior Citizen


Save the memories

To the editor:

Occasionally, I have the opportunity to visit your website and read about news from South Boston.  I was born and raised in South Boston, and most of my relatives still live in the area.

I would like to tell the people of the town what the remaining portion of the Cotton Mill means to me.  Those bricks that are about to become “dangerous” are a reminder of the many years that my grandfather spent sweating in the Cotton Mill to earn money for his family.  

He lived in a home that was on the top of the street behind the mill (I believe it is named Summitt Drive) that we called “Cotton Hill.”

My parents worked second shift, and my grandfather first, so everyday after school for many years, my grandfather took care of myself and my sister, and we spent our days on “Cotton Hill” growing up.  

Granddaddy would come walking up a path straight up the hill each and every day.  I remember pieces of fluff stuck to the sweat in his clothes and the unique smell that came from his clothes from being around the dyes that went into the fabric everyday.

Most importantly, though uneducated, my grandfather was a good, decent, hardworking man and a proud man.  

I don’t ever remember him missing a day of work.  He was happy at the mill with his friends and loved going to work everyday no matter how difficult it was.  I also will never forget how he rubbed his sore muscles with menthol creams each night before he went to bed, and that smell always filled the house.

When I see that smokestack, I am reminded of the hard work my grandfather did to take care of his family. 

I am reminded of a proud and hard working man.  I am proud to say that I was able to grow up with such a good role model as far as how important hard work is.

So, if you remove that smokestack, you will not only remove my history and my memories, but those of many others who probably have the same story as mine to tell or maybe different ones.   

There is little else left in that town that really matters to me.

However, when I visit South Boston, I always drive by the site of the old Cotton Mill and Cotton Hill, remember my childhood and my amazing grandfather, Roy Reaves.

To those who are making this decision, please consider spending the money to secure the smokestack and let it remain an important part of the history of that town.  

It will be a sad day if I have to drive by and not see the only thing left standing of one of the memories of my granddaddy of the best men who I have ever known.

Thank you,

Michelle Gravitt Starks

Atyrau, Republic of Kazakhstan


Proud to share the name

To the editor:

After the unfortunate accident that involved Christopher Ammons on Highway 360 last week, I received several calls from people who thought that I was the James E. Edmonds who pulled Mr. Ammons from his burning vehicle, along with William E. Majors. I was not!  

That James Edmonds is James “Honeycake” Edmonds, a man I’ve known and respected for many years.  

It comes as no surprise to me that Honeycake would take action in an emergency situation.  For many years, I have gotten credit for things that Honeycake has done, especially for his fantastic artwork.  I am proud to share the name.

I just wanted to recognize and say “thank you” to the two individuals who risked their own lives to save that of another, and let them know how much I appreciate their actions.  This is just one example of what makes Halifax County such a great place to live and raise a family — its outstanding people.

James E. Edmunds II



Same sex marriage ‘sinful’

To the editor:

I am writing this letter in agreement with Melvin D. Whitlock’s Community Voice on same sex marriage. 

It is sinful, and it should not be in the United States of America.

Our country was founded on God and by our elective officials. And  we have come down to this? 

If you want to know where you are going when death comes, read Romans in King James Bible, starting with the first chapter with verse 21 down to verse 32. You will find what will happen at death.

Maude Lacks



Man for the job

To the editor:

Many people have said that due to the fact that Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney is a multi-millionaire, he cannot possibly relate to the middle class in this country. 

He was not always a multi millionaire. He became one due to his good business sense.

He may not have the charisma that President Barack Obama has, but he is quite the businessman. 

Maybe that’s what our country needs, a president that is a good businessman who could work with others to create jobs. 

Mitt Romney just might be the man we need at this point in time to put America back to work.

Paul DuPont



In God we trust

To the editor:

I am writing this to say what a proud citizen of Halifax County I was on Saturday, not just because my daughter was a graduate, but she was given a Bible along with her diploma, and I am very proud that I live in a community, state and country where that is still possible.

 In God we still trust and believe,

Karen F. Hupp

South Boston


Making an impact for 50 years

To the editor: 

Fifty years ago a former Halifax County teacher felt the need to help motivate students to further their education beyond high school. With this goal in mind, the Dr. Bessie Carr Award, now known as the Dr. Bessie Carr Scholarship/Award, was established. 

It highlighted the high school graduation of her oldest niece, Bessie Mae Bland, who is now a retired educator.

Over the past 50 years, many Halifax County graduating seniors have received this scholarship/award and expressed appreciation for the inspiration to continue their education.

Bessie M. Bland