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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Feb. 6

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Thanks for support

To the editor:

On behalf of the North Halifax Ladies Auxiliary, I would like to thank each individual who so generously gave of their time and effort to make our annual Vera Bradley Bingo a success.  Last year’s event was held on Sunday, Oct. 14.

An extra special thank you goes out to our sponsors. Without their sponsorship, we would not be able to purchase the necessary supplies and prizes for the event. Many of our sponsors have helped us since our very first bingo in 2009. 

Thank you to those who came out and supported our organization’s fundraiser.  

This year’s event will be held on Sunday, April 7.  

We appreciate your continued support.

Sincerely,

Cecil Hazelwood

Chairman 

Vera Bradley Bingo
Committee

 

President of all Americans

To the editor:

President Obama gave an excellent speech at his inauguration. He reached out to all Americans to include race, color, creed and sexual orientation. 

The president implied we the people are all Americans, and he is the president for all Americans so we hope and pray that the Republicans and the Democrats will all work together to pass vital legislation to aid all the citizens of the United States of America.

John Woody

South Boston


‘Unsupervision’

To the editor:

The story in your Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, edition about the board of supervisors and county administrator being “surprised” by how Dewberry of Danville complied with the county’s request for a master plan for the county fairgrounds is a sad commentary on the oversight and supervision by those charged with protecting county taxpayers’ interests.

While I agree it would be absurd for county taxpayers to pay Dewberry $45,000 for a master plan that failed to comport with the contract it entered into with the county, what I would like to know is why the board of supervisors and the past and current county administrators failed to ensure Dewberry understood precisely what was expected.  

More important, why didn’t somebody monitor Dewberry’s progress frequently to ensure they were actually on track to deliver what was expected?

In my opinion, it was a huge mistake for the county to purchase the fairgrounds in the first place.  And, it was an even bigger mistake to enter into a contract with a former member of the board of supervisors to continue to operate the fair--an enterprise that had a history of losing money. 

Now, we learn of a “surprise” master plan that has been floated that would require county taxpayers to spend $18.3 million to build an elaborate all-year events center on the fairgrounds.  One can only wonder if throwing taxpayers’ funds into this “money pit” will ever end.

I am amazed at how far removed from fiscal reality those individuals charged with running our county government remain year after year after year.  

And, while I am hopeful local governance will one day get better, I will not be holding my breath while we wait.

Sincerely,

Robert R. Meeks

South Boston