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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Wednesday, Aug. 15

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‘Behind closed doors’

To the editor:

On Aug. 1 an article was written entitled “Behind closed doors” on page A4. 

I really enjoyed reading that article although the author is not told. 

It just goes to show how inconsiderate this board is. 

Some of them could care less about the employees or the students in our school system or county. It’s all about their closed minds and “follow the leader.” 

They need to remember, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” 

If they act this way now, what do you think the future holds? 

Citizens of Halifax County need to know they don’t stand a chance when people you voted for don’t care what you have to say. So much has been done wrong for so long, and that’s why it’s been “Behind closed doors” until it’s too late. 

Joanna Barksdale 



Something must be done

To the editor:

A couple of weeks ago there was the movie shooting massacre in Colorado in which 71 people were shot, and 10 people were killed. More recently there was a mass killing in a Sikh mosque in Wisconsin in which seven people were killed. The list of mass shootings in this country goes on and on.

Something must be done to make it more difficult for anyone to purchase a firearm whether at a gun shop or online.

 My hat goes off to New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg. He has been in the media quite a few times encouraging the government to do more than it’s been doing to curb the easy accessibility in obtaining guns. He’s one of the few who has expressed a real interest in this matter. This is a serious issue that needs to be dealt with more earnestly. 

Paul DuPont



Sterling Edmunds

To the editor:

Although I have not lived in the Halifax County community since graduating in 1972, the news of Sterling Edmunds’ recent passing gave me pause to reflect.  

I shall never forget Sterling’s genuine concern for the well-being of countless individuals and families who benefited from his sensible, helpful advice and, yes, the sharing of his personal resources.

This tall, humble, handsome man took great interest in his family, his friends, and in members of his beloved Halifax County community.  

Sterling did not allow the color of one’s skin or one’s socio-economic status to cloud his moral and spiritual compass.  He treated all people with respect, fairness, and most importantly, with love.  He was able to keep friendships strong and true.

I will cherish the memories of riding Tennessee Walking horses, working at Blue Ribbon Creamery during summers and having been mentored in the celebrated game of golf.  

For all these reasons and more, we, the family of Leola Graves, are grateful to God for loaning us Sterling Edmunds, a man whom many had the privilege of knowing.

To the Edmunds’ family, we can only hope that your moments of grief will be overshadowed by endearing memories which we can celebrate often.


J. Greg Graves

Stanford, Conn.


Welcome to the coliseum

To the editor:

America has the reputation of being the land of the free and the home of the brave.   

Lately; however, I see that America is becoming a cruel and vicious place.  We readily deal out rudeness and inconsideration.  We reward stupidity and mean-spirited behavior, and volume rules over common sense.  

Our sense of decency is dying as is our sense of shame.   Just look at reality TV to see that the worst qualities in people are celebrated and that the American public can be entertained by mindless rabble.   

We are becoming a nation that thrives on hate because we have collectively lost our kindness and respect for others.  Republicans and Democrats fight over policy and petty politics instead of agreeing on and doing what’s best for the people of this country.  

Laziness and reckless procreation are rewarded by monthly government checks while the working class barely ekes by.  

America is losing its soul, and the only people who can save it stand by and idly watch our civilization fall apart.   

Just before the collapse of the Roman Empire, the emperor used the coliseum games to distract the people from the government’s tyranny and abuse of power.  

Our empire is collapsing, and television is our coliseum.   We as a nation are just too busy cheering the gladiators to care or to do anything about our impending downfall.

D. Douglas Irby