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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Wednesday, April 18

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Remembering Louis Shelton Gore

To the editor:

I read with sadness about the passing of former educator, Louis Shelton Gore.  I had the privilege of being a student of Mr. Gore and then a colleague when I returned to teach in the public schools of Halifax County.

Mr. Gore was the “perfect teacher” in the sense that Atticus Finch, the fictional character in “To Kill a Mockingbird,” was the “perfect father.” He was resolute, but never obdurate; entertaining without losing focus; jocular and good-natured without relinquishing respect.

He pointed us toward perfection, but with the underlying intimation that he would love us just as much if we remained flawed.

As a teacher, Mr. Gore was ahead of his time.  He championed “writing across the curriculum” before it became widely popular.  In an era when most composition was assigned by English teachers, he consistently had us write essays in geography class.

He once took me aside and told me that I was “by far” his best writer.  Given his kind and generous nature, he probably told a lot of students that, but it made me feel special at the time.

Mr. Gore wore his humanity on his sleeve.  When I had him as a teacher, he was engaged but not yet married to his future wife, Jean.

When weekends approached that he was to see her, he told us of his excitement and anticipation.  I appreciated such candor even as a youngster.

We also shared a landmark moment in history, for I was sitting in his class when the sad news came that President Kennedy had been shot.

Mr. Gore and I both loved high school sports.

In later years, it was reassuring in some sparsely-filled gym in Roanoke or Lynchburg to see Mr. Gore with his family seated across the way.

Mr. Gore’s goodness was so pervasive that I have always fancied that if I died and woke up in a place to find him already there; then I had gone to the right place.  He is in that place now, and the angels gathered about him rejoice.


Don R. Conner



Commends president

To the editor:

I commend President Obama on the excellent job he has done thus far as President of the United States of America.

President Obama inherited one of the worst economic conditions in the presidency of the history of the United States. He has made great effort to improve the situation.

Many average hard working Americans have received money from the government. Many corporations and small businesses have been assisted including students, teachers, firefighters and policemen.

The president also insists the most wealthy should pay their share of the tax. Also he advocates eliminating tax subsidies for many major corporations and for them to pay their fair share of the taxes.

President Obama also is doing an excellent job in his foreign policy. The number of foreign terrorists has been eliminated including Osama Bin Laden.

Most of the U.S. military has been withdrawn from Iraq, and soon the withdrawal from Afghanistan will begin.

Also Mr. Obama is standing tough on North Korea as they continue to explore their nuclear capabilities.

So we hope that President Obama continues the excellent job he is doing because the world is dangerous with all the terrorist activity.

John Woody

South Boston


Five-mile yard sale idea

To the editor:

I  would like for my friends and neighbors who live on State Route 704 or (Old Cluster Springs Road) to join me in something that hasn’t been done on our road before.

I have been preparing for a yard sale. I would like for everyone on State Route 704 who is interested in having a yard sale this summer to participate with me at the same time.

Our road is five miles long, so we can have a “five-mile yard sale.”

I have heard of this type of yard sale, and it has been very successful with good turnouts and sales.

This will save on gas and confusion for people.

If you are interested in joining me, please call me at 572-3487.

I will pay for the newspaper advertising.


Joy P. Lovelace

South Boston


Get on with it

To the editor:

Everyone knows why the big shots in our area are opposed to the uranium project. They would be forced to pay living wages, and they would immediately lose their best employees.

Progress for the rest of us means weaker profits for them.

Then some folks are opposed because they have been influenced by the irresponsible fear-mongering of the chronic cranks and complainers who are opposed to everything--including that brick factory they ran off a couple of years ago.

The good news is the survey I saw in the paper showing that over 55 percent of people are in favor of lifting the moratorium and moving ahead with regulations and permitting for the mining of uranium. They clearly are the people who have paid attention to all the efforts to inform the public. They have seen through all the smoke and mirrors and have made up their minds that this is something that must be done for the sake of increasing our tax revenues for our schools and for the future of Southside Virginia.

Let’s get on with it.

Randy Jacobs

South Boston


Work Zone Awareness Week

To the editor:

We are the residency administrators for the 10 counties of the Lynchburg District of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), and we are writing to ask for assistance from your readers.

April 23-27 is National Work Zone Awareness Week.  In our combined over 90 years of service with the Department, we have known or heard of the death of a number of VDOT employees and of the near misses or incidents involving many, many more.  Most, if not all, of these incidents could have been prevented.

We train our employees to prepare work zones in the safest manner possible for you and themselves but need you to travel responsibly through these areas for your safety as well as our own.

We are proud to serve the citizens of the commonwealth and hope you will join us in supporting this year’s National Work Zone Awareness Week theme: “Don’t Barrel Through Work Zones! Drive Smart to Arrive Alive.”


Donald Austin

Appomattox Residency (Amherst, Appomattox, Campbell and Nelson counties)

Kevin Wright

Dillwyn Residency (Buckingham, 
Charlotte, Cumberland and Prince Edward 

Kenneth Martin

Halifax Residency (Halifax and 
Pittsylvania Counties)


Greed factor

To the editor:

The greed factor has invaded Halifax County again.

When the Gas House closed for remodeling, prices for gasoline were only five cents to 10 cents higher here than in the big city of Danville.

Now we all know it is the sacred right of many businessmen of South Boston and Halifax to charge top dollar while bellowing that it is inhuman and unAmerican and probably unPresbyterian for a local to travel to evil Danville to shop.

But that is changing.

The other day, I made the dangerous trek and filled my tank at Sam’s Club for 40 cents less than the cost per gallon was in Halifax. Then I shopped for bargains at Sam’s Club and Ross’ and several other bargain stores.

Best of all, I  purchased top quality food and produce at Aldi for 20 to 45 percent less than it would have cost for mystery  (it is only green on the bottom) meat at a local store.

Others from Halifax County were also shopping in Danville. It is true that some were in disguises.

Advice: Empty the gas tank so that you can maximize the gasoline purchase the next time you go to Danville. Then take a few gas containers to hold another 15 gallons or so of gas to be used until you can return to Danville for the next fill-up.

Jason Thomas

South Boston