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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Wednesday, April 4

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Rain hits road clean up efforts

To the editor:

The Wilson Memorial Ruritan Club roadside clean up was hit hard Saturday by lots of rain.

We ask our road captains in the Birch Creek District to regroup and return to their roads on pretty days in an effort to get all roads cleaned before Easter. 

We would like to remind truck owners to tie down or cover up their trash bags for the trip to the recycle centers.  

Please call me when you have completed your road  with a bag count that goes to the Highway Department. Also I can check it for road prizes.  

We are appreciative to Halifax County for having 15 recycle centers, and we need to keep these clean also.

Conway Goodman

South Boston


Memorable experience

To the editor:

Thank you so much for all your excellent concert coordination and hard work in bringing together such a terrific and festive event — it was a memorable experience for us. 

It was truly a grand evening, and the appreciative audience created a wonderful celebratory atmosphere and truly inspired us.

On behalf of The U.S. Army Field Band, I want to say what a pleasure it was to work with you on this endeavor--folks like you make our part extremely easy. 

We are grateful to you for your continued sponsorship and support, and we look forward to working with you again on future tours — please keep us in mind for the next time we come through your area.


Sgt. Maj. Daniel Hopkins

Road Manager, Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus

The U.S. Army Field Band


Delightful evening

To the editor:

Thank you for sponsoring this wonderful concert, which was enthusiastically received by the packed-house audience at the high school Thursday night.  

The performances, instrumental and vocal, were outstanding.   

We particularly enjoyed the trombone solo and the encore duet “We Are Soldiers.”   

We trust that these musical ambassadors representing our Army have been as well received and appreciated as they were Thursday night.  

We are proud of our military, those presently serving and the veterans who have served before, and were inspired through this music.  

Thank you again for a delightful evening.  

Anita and Richard Yard



Need more
Christians in sports

To the editor:

In the world of sports it has been announced that Tim Tebow will be traded to the New York Jets as a back-up quarterback. 

It will be interesting to see how the rowdy New York fans will respond to Tebow fever. 

I think him going to the Jets will be refreshing. The media is going to have a field day with his outgoing religious beliefs. 

He is a good role model for kids and adults alike. 

We need more outgoing Christians in professional sports today.

Paul Dupont



Thanks for support

To the editor:

The Halifax County High School JV and varsity baseball players, along with their coaches and parents, would like to thank the community for its support of their merchant coupon fundraiser. The fundraiser was a great success due to so many willing to contribute to the baseball program – both buyers of the coupon book and participating merchants. We know you will enjoy using your coupons, and we hope you will be able to attend some of the games.

The Halifax County
Baseball Booster Club

Robin Yates



Thank you

To the editor:

A great big thank you for sponsoring The United States Army Field Band & Soldiers’ Chorus on Thursday, March 29.  

It was awesome, we thoroughly enjoyed it. 

I love anything patriotic, so the second half was my favorite. 

Again, a heartfelt thanks to The Gazette-Virginian for bringing this to our community.

Judy Green

South Boston


Bonnie and Clyde

To the editor:

Recently, while looking through some old pictures, documents, etc. left behind after my mother-in-law’s death, I came across a booklet entitled “LAST OF BONNIE & CLYDE GANG. The True Story of Floyd Hamilton, Public Enemy No. 1, As Told to Chaplain Ray.”

Also contained in this booklet was “Clyde Thompson EX 83-The Meanest man in Texas; Seven Hours to Live-by Joe Frank Logue-Plus Special Features.” This is a fascinating booklet in the fact that it gives detailed events about each one of these notorious outlaws, how they lived their criminal lives and how they came to be captured and behind bars in the prison system. 

But, the most important aspect of this booklet is how they came to surrender their lives to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is a booklet worth reading. 

This booklet reminded me of a time in my younger years when my husband and I were on a trip with our children when we saw a group of men who ran a “boys home” passing out leaflets entitled “Twelve Rules for Raising Gang Members & Drug-Addicts.” 

The following I feel is a great guideline for avoiding the raising of children who will later be a menace and problem in society, costing taxpayers enormously and putting our lives in jeopardy. Also, it creates havoc among the family that has to deal with them emotionally and physically.

Twelve Rules for
Raising Gang Members and Drug-Addicts

1. Begin with infancy to give the child everything he wants. In this way he will grow up to believe the world owes him a living. 

2. When he picks up bad words, laugh at him. This will make him think he’s cute. It will also encourage him to pick up “cuter” phrases that will blow off the top of your head later. 

3. Never give him any spiritual training. Wait until he’s 21 and let him “decide” for himself. 

4. Avoid use of the word “wrong.” It may develop a guilt complex. This will condition him to believe later, when he is arrested for stealing a car, that society is against him, and he is being persecuted. 

5. Pick up everything he leaves lying around-books, shoes and clothing. Do everything for him so he will be experienced in throwing all responsibility onto others. 

6. Let him read any printed matter he can get his hands on. Be careful that the silverware and drinking glasses are sterilized, but let his mind feast on garbage. 

7. Quarrel frequently in the presence of your children. In this way they will not be too shocked when the home is broken up later. 

8. Give a child all the spending money he wants. Never let him earn his own. Why should he have things as tough as you had them? 

9. Satisfy his every craving for food, drink and comfort. See that every sensual desire is gratified. Denial may lead to harmful frustration. 

10. Take his part against neighbors, teachers and policemen. They are all prejudiced against your child. 

11. When he gets into real trouble, apologize for yourself by saying, “I never could do anything with him.” 

12. Prepare for a life of grief, you will be sure to have it.

Be a responsible parent. Teach your children Christian moral and values. Refuse to follow the rules listed above.

The Bonnie and Clyde booklet spoken about above was written somewhere around 1976. There was a calendar on the back with these dates. 

The booklet contained an address for those who wanted to order additional copies which appears below:

Chaplain Ray

International Prison Ministry

P.O. Box 63

Dallas, Texas 75221


Alice Russell