- Last Updated on 09:03 AM 03/28/12
- BY The Gazette-Virginian
Vote for a change
To the editor:
This letter is in regards to the recent discussions about changing Halifax County hunting laws. The proposed changes came about due to increased coyote and deer populations.
I would like the citizens of Halifax to consider another reason to make these changes ...disabled hunters.
As the hunting laws in the county stand, to use a rifle, .22 caliber rimfire or larger, the hunter must be in a stand elevated at least 10 feet.
Myself and most other disabled/handicapped hunters are unable to climb into a tree stand, which means that we are regulated to use a shotgun to hunt. Anyone who hunts knows it is very difficult if not impossible to have a deer or any other animal, especially coyote, to come into the range of a shotgun.
I have hunted for most of my life, 40 plus years and have been blessed to provide meat for my family and other families over the years.
I have hunted in several counties and have used both rifles and shotguns.
Now that I am disabled and due to mobility issues, stalking or “sneaking up” on deer or other wildlife is an almost impossible option. I feel that changing the hunting laws to allow hunting with a rifle from the ground would allow disabled/handicapped hunters to once again enjoy a successful hunt.
I believe all hunters, not just disabled hunters, would benefit from this change in the law. Not only the hunters, but also the landowners and citizens would benefit from the control of the deer and coyote populations.
Safety also should be a consideration; many hunters have been injured and/or killed due to falls from tree stands. Climbing in or out of a tree stand with a firearm is very dangerous.
I vote for a change in the Halifax County hunting laws to allow rifle hunting from the ground.
Myron “Ron” Fariss
Raising autism awareness
To the editor:
The month of April is Autism Awareness Month. We adopted our first child, Adam, over 20 years ago, and he was diagnosed with autism at age 3. The last two decades have been filled with speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy in conjunction with his regular education in the public school system.
We know firsthand the enormous physical, emotional, financial and spiritual stress that raising a child with a disability places on a family, and we are grateful that Adam is a happy and well-adjusted young man who works at The ARC of Southside.
Through the years, Adam has taught us how to love unconditionally, to persevere in the tough times and to believe in the possibility of a bright future.
Adam has significant communication deficits, yet “speaks” beautifully as he plays the piano by ear.
This quote aptly tells the story of the Hupp family: “Our family is a circle of strength and love, with every birth and every union, the circle will grow, every joy shared adds more love, every crisis faced together, makes the circle stronger.” (Author Unknown)
On Saturday, April 21, we will be participating in the 1st Annual Dan River Autism Awareness 5k at The Riverwalk located at Dan Daniel Park in Danville.
Please join Team Piano Man, as well as the other teams, by registering to run or walk. Registration is now open at http://www.danriverautism5k.org or you can call (434) 797-5530 to obtain a paper registration form.
Please join me in raising autism awareness in our community.
Martha Loftis Hupp
Providence, N.C. Vera Bradley Bingo set for October
To the editor:
Don’t fear all you bingo players. The 2012 Vera Bradley Bingo hosted by the North Halifax Ladies Auxiliary is being held in October.
Typically, this event is held in April, and we have received some inquiries as to when it will be held. So, hold on to your daubers. Stay tuned for more information to come in August and September.
We appreciate your support at our past events and look forward to seeing you in October.
Stand for freedom
To the editor:
On the heels of the Stand for Freedom Rally and March in New York, there in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza—in the shadow of the United Nations, people gathered to have their voices heard.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the oldest Civil Rights organization, continues the struggle for equality in America.
No one wants to admit the stark reality that change has not really taken place in society today. Millions of Americans are facing modern day poll taxes. When the Voting Rights Act was passed 46 years ago, poll taxes and literacy tests were among the tactics used to prevent African-Americans and other racial and language minorities from voting.
Today you hear the stories of those like:
Dr. Brenda Williams telling of how she spent hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars helping her patients combat the barriers to obtaining state-issued ID in South Carolina.
Anthony Papa talked about how it felt to learn that he would be ineligible to vote under laws that target the formerly incarcerated.
Here in Virginia, African-Americans still get inferior voting machines or not enough machines in order to discourage voters having to stand in long lines.
One by one the speakers painted a picture of a shrinking pool of Americans who will be able to vote in the years ahead.
Benjamin T. Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP, said, “If we don’t take action to stop this, no one will.”
Jealous continued, “In moments like these, the NAACP has always risen to the challenge, winning and preserving the rights we enjoy. Today those rights are in danger again. In 38 states and counting, strict new voter ID laws, restrictions on early voting and Sunday voting, and racially motivated bans on ex-felons have either been passed or proposed.
“There is no better moment to recommit ourselves to the work of those who came before us. It’s our turn to work to preserve civil rights for our children and for all future generations.”
The Halifax County/South Boston NAACP Branch pledges to help register the thousands of eligible voters for the 2012 elections. We will also encourage those who are already registered to exercise their right to vote and that their vote will count, because we will take pro-active measures to ensure voter protection; to make sure voter fraud and voter suppression does not take place in our county.
We also will hold those elected into office accountable for their actions and for them to uphold, pass and implement measures to support voter participation.
A prime example of the importance of voting is the uranium mining issue before us. There is no good that can come from mining these deposits.
There has been study after study to support the dangers of mining. Those who want to mine will present this rose-colored picture that this will be the best thing for our economy.
We in Halifax County should be very well familiar with companies coming in, and after a while they are gone, and the only thing left are the empty buildings that the taxpayers have to maintain and hope to one day fill or take on the burden of tearing them down.
With uranium mining there are no buildings left behind; the only thing that will be left is the contaminated waste left to threaten our waterways, our livelihood and our lifestyle.
The Halifax County/South Boston Branch of the NAACP opposes the lifting of the ban prohibiting uranium mining. During the 2012 General Assembly, our legislators will hear our concerns on the matter.
So, yes your vote does count, and it is important that every eligible United States citizen vote.
Kevin L. Chandler
Halifax County/South Boston NAACP Branch #7074
To the editor:
Thank you for publishing my previous letter.
I would like to write a short comment on Mrs. Barksdale’s letter regarding gun safety.
I am a gun owner and teach gun safety. When my three sons and I went into the woods and mountains of Washington State, I taught them to be sure of their shot and their surroundings. Better to miss the most beautiful shot if everything was not right.
Today the oldest son (since he’s 60, I can’t call him a boy) is involved in search and rescue in the Spokane area. Several times he has demonstrated his savvy of woodsmanship.
My purpose in writing though is to tell of my granddaughter. She trains horses and teaches riding. One day while out in the pasture, a neighbor, who said he was shooting at a varmint, shot her. The bullet entered her left side, passed through until it lodged in her liver where it resides to this day since the doctors say it is too dangerous to remove it.
I respect Mrs. Barksdale’s questions since there is a lot of responsibility to be passed around.