- Last Updated on 08:22 AM 06/27/12
- BY The Gazette-Virginian
Seven men on ground keep one in air
To the editor:
Modern musical productions are the incarnation of traditional operas. Both have captivating stories, signature songs and music, fine acting and dancing, researched and designed costumes, and sometimes the tears of the audience bring punctuation and highlight the theme.
All these important elements make a particular production alive and great.
This year’s main menu of “Summer Theater Celebration” at The Prizery is “Cinderella.” It is very cleverly organized, well harmonized and integrated as a harmonic whole in various ways.
When the curtain falls, people leave the theater.
Wait a minute! The musicians are still playing the “Theme of Cinderella.” That reminded me of the movie, “Titanic.” The musicians kept playing until the very end.
If we did not have proper costumes, music, light, sound and stage settings, the production would be boring and dull. I watched rehearsals four times, a dressed rehearsal and three line rehearsals.
I would like to recognize and applaud those people who are not on the stage but support, produce and do so many important tasks for “Cinderella.”
The actors are usually recognized, but when all goes well the stage hands and technicians are not seen.
Musicians in this production include Jon Latane on piano, Bryan Matheson on viola, Kevin Matheson on violin and Nick Baty and Jacob, percussionists.
Costume designers include Ginny Bogart and her assistant, Maranda.
Lighting and sound producers are Ernelle Bellamy and Lamarr Bowman.
In Japanese the words: “En no shita no chikaramochi” means: “Strong supportive people are under the floor.”
Thanks to the musicians, costume makers, carpenters and technicians for the staging, light and sound.
And thanks for everyone who was involved in this amazing musical production.
Tomoko U. Gillespie
Disappointed and disagrees
To the editor:
I was so disappointed to read the letter to the editor last week from Ms. Marshall. Same sex marriage is sinful according to the Bible, which is God’s inspired Word.
Our country was founded on religious freedom by men who believed the Bible.
We all sin, as did those founders, and so did people in the Bible, but those sins were not “upheld in Bible verses” as stated.
God gave us rules to live by in the Old Testament and blessed those who followed His commands.
In the New Testament Jesus provided a way for all of us to be forgiven when we fail to do, as God desires. He gave His life for us so we can be saved, forgiven and live a life of peace and hope.
As a Christian, I can say and know that God is alive, and His Word is not archaic. It is a source of “acceptable morality.” In Him, I have peace, joy and hope for the future.
Barbara M. Stevens
Nothing in life 100-percent safe
To the editor
I’ve been reading for two years about uranium mining and how it will kill or destroy everything in a 250-mile radius. From what I’ve learned over the years, very few elements found naturally in the Earth will kill you.
Uranium is like iron ore, copper, zinc, crude oil and coal — it’s all natural.
What people can’t understand is the Earth can’t kill itself. Don’t you think over the past 3.75 billion years, there’s been natural crude oil leaks from the Earth? How about sulfuric acid - the clouds of toxic fumes from volcanoes? The Earth is still here.
Why hasn’t someone asked the simple questions about this “deadly” uranium? How long has it been there? How deep is it? Is it at different depths?
What has happened to all the rainwater runoff over the past 100,000 years? I doubt the runoff has ever gotten into the groundwater or creeks and rivers.
There have been a thousand times more people killed from falling down steps than ever from uranium or radiation. Do we ban all steps and stairways?
How about automobiles? Thousands each year are killed by them. Do we ban them?
Life is a gamble from the time of birth. Nothing is 100-percent safe or foolproof.
George T. Lacy
Why I voted ‘no’
To the editor:
On May 7, 2012, the Halifax County Board of Supervisors met to vote on the county budget and tax rates for the 2012-2013 fiscal year.
On March 29 the board had met to set the tax rates for the 2012-2013 fiscal year.
On both occasions I cast my vote against accepting the county budget and the tax rates. My reasons for doing so follow.
One of my positions I espoused in my campaign for ED-5 supervisor was to work to hold the line on tax increases, especially in the current economic environment. I indicated that efforts should first be made to reduce unnecessary spending before considering a tax increase.
An overwhelming number of the citizens to whom I spoke agreed with this position. Unfortunately, few came to the budget meeting to express their concerns.
On March 29, I voted against increasing the real estate tax rate to 45 cents per hundred of valuation from 42 cents per hundred, a tax increase of 4.6 percent in an economy with high unemployment, rising prices of food, clothing, fuel and medicine. I again voted against the tax rates, which included the tax increase, and against appropriating the budget on May 7.
Taxes increased in Halifax County even though the 4 percent tax on prepared food in the county which was passed in the county in November of 2011 was sold to the public as a way to prevent up to a 1 cent per hundred of valuation increase in the real estate tax rate. It is budgeted to raise $150,000 from the taxpayers, an amount equal to .39 cents on the real estate tax.
The $4 per month user fee, estimated to raise $500,000, is equal to an increase of 1.32 cents per hundred of valuation or a 3.1 percent tax increase. Both items combined with the 3-cent increase in the real estate tax rate are equal to an 8.8 percent increase in taxes for the year July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013.
The population of Halifax County has continued to decline with 1,114 fewer citizens in 2010 than in 2000, a decrease of almost 3 percent, while the average for the State of Virginia was over 13 percent. Demographics relating to the dynamic balance of a population - have also changed with an increase of 1,375 persons, or 16.4 percent over the age of 60 in the population.
In my letter to the editor prior to the November election, I stated “it is my position that Halifax does not suffer from a lack of revenue, i.e. taxes, but from a lack of fiscal discipline to live within the means of the taxpayers: i.e. spending restraint. Unwise excess spending on school construction, schemes to increase tourism by building a tourist center, attempts to attract industry without having the necessary infrastructure and educated work force have all wasted county resources.”
Little has changed since the election except that I can now vote “no” to unwise spending as a board of supervisors member just as I promised to do.
Spend their own money
To the editor:
At the June 16 meeting of Gov. Bob McDonnell’s Uranium Working Group in Chatham, Dr. William Lasseter, representing the Division of Mines, Mineral and Energy, stated that the Commonwealth of Virginia has neither the funding nor the personnel to monitor all the existing and “reclaimed” mine sites currently in Virginia.
If that is the case, how can Virginia possibly afford to take on uranium mining as well?
After all, uranium has its own unique character in that the ore, the products, and the byproducts are all radioactive and contain numerous other toxic substances as well.
No other type of mining has this level of toxicity. Even coal mining in all its ruinous phases, from pushing off the tops of mountains to poisoning streams, rivers, wells and burying homes and pastures under its own overburden, is relatively benign compared to the unavoidable and permanent toxicity that uranium mining and milling leaves in its wake.
If Virginia lacks the money to monitor even the existing mines, it would seem that no one in Richmond has put much thought into this fast-track approach to uranium mining by the governor, including McDonnell himself.
The members of the Uranium Working Group seemed nervous and confused at the Chatham meeting, as if they had no real idea what to do or say other than to spend more than a million of our tax dollars to hire a fledgling consulting firm made up entirely of “experts” with ties to the uranium industry.
Can anyone imagine what they might say?
This push by the governor to force uranium mining on the people of Virginia is a shameful waste of our hard-earned tax dollars.
The Halifax County public school system has lost more than 10 million dollars in funding since McDonnell has been in office. And yet he can come up with a million dollars that will benefit only one industry.
Why is uranium mining more important than the education of our children?
If the owners of Coles Hill and their uranium cronies want to gamble on a chance to get their uranium mine, I say let them do it with their OWN money, not the money of the taxpayers of Virginia.
Jesse P. Andrews
Bible is clear
To the editor:
I would like to address the piece put in the paper from Emily Marshall about homosexuality.
First of all, I did not evolve from anything. I was created in the image of God, as was all mankind. I am not perfect by any means, and neither is anyone else on this earth. We all sin every day and only by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ are we saved.
The Bible is God’s Holy Word written by 40 different men through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit over a period of 1,500 years.
The Bible consists of the Old Testament, which contains 39 books, and the New Testament, which contains 27 books. There is no contradiction throughout the whole Bible.
As far as the scientific part, there is a lot of science in the Bible. Just look at how marvelous God made this planet. No human could have formed the mountains, sea, the earth and all living things like God has. Everyday I marvel at what God has given us and we take for granted.
Now as for homosexuals, the Bible is very clear on what God thinks of this subject. I will give several Bible references but quote only one. Anyone can take a Bible and read these references to see what God has to say.
Leviticus 20:13 “If a man also lie with mankind as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.”
This is the only verse I am going to quote, but I will give others that you can read.
Leviticus 18: 22-24, Genesis 19: 1-10 Sodom and Gomorrah, Judges 19: 16-24, I Kings 14:24, I Kings 15:12, II Kings 23:7, Romans 1: 26-27, I Corinthians 6: 9-11, I Timothy 1:8-10, Jude 7
I would like to end this by saying that I will be praying for all who believe in same sex marriages, that you will see it is wrong and come to the loving knowledge of Jesus Christ our Saviour.