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Do something

To the editor:

I would like to bring this to the attention of “who” is responsible for the school fundraisers at South Boston Elementary School.

I personally think it is ridiculous to send as many of these things home with children and expect them to do all the homework you give them plus run around selling stuff all the time.

Also whoever decided that it was fair for a 6 year old to sit in class, while other kids participate in activities because they sold more items, has evidently forgotten what it feels like to be a child. 

The government is supposed to be funding the schools with our tax money and lottery money. Why take up time trying to sell all this stuff to families who struggle to make ends meet in the first place?

If there is an opportunity for them to ride in a limo or other activities, simply charge for the event and be done with it. 

Now my granddaughter is coming over, and I will take money and buy stuff I don’t want, so she can take her learning time at school and do something simply ridiculous...and won’t have to sit in class alone if she doesn’t sell at least five items.

Someone please step in and fix this issue.


Ava Church

South Boston


Remove ‘gun free zones’

To the editor:

In the wake of the latest school shooting tragedy, those who would allow government control of nearly every aspect of our lives have failed to recognize that they themselves are to blame. 

Had it not been for the “gun free safe zone” laws, it is quite likely that a legally armed person or persons would have been able to intervene on behalf of the victims. 

Background checks are already required in most cases but this is just a stick-your-head-in-the-sand issue. The real problem is having made the children of this great nation unarmed targets. 

Remove the “gun free zones” and see the situation reverse itself. 


Charles Williams



On our side?

To the editor:

It may be nothing more than just a coincidence but when Obama was campaigning in 2008 he described something eerily similar to what Hitler’s Brown Shirts had done. 

(See this 1933 story, Death to Democracy, to see how history repeats itself - ). 

Here are Obama’s words:

“‘We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set. We’ve gotta have a civilian, national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded [as the United States military]‘–Candidate Barack Obama, 2008.” ( )

The “civilian, national security force” that he spoke of is now our Department of Homeland Security - DHS. This organization just bought 1.6 billion hollow point bullets which is enough to have an Iraqi-type war for over 20 years. Hollow points are banned in the international community and have never been used for target practice for even the military. 

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The DHS also has begun distributing 2,717 armored “Street Sweeper” vehicles throughout the U.S. These are mine resistant, have gun ports and 50 caliber bullet-proof glass. 

(See photos here: ) 

And in Obama’s “war against guns” statements he has said “AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not in the hands of criminals; that they belong on the battlefield of war, not on the streets of our cities.” Yet his civilian defense force, the DHS, has ordered 7,000 full-automatic AR-15 assault rifles - what they describe as Personal Defense Weapons “suitable for personal defense use in close quarters and / or when maximum concealment is required.” (

Does anyone really believe we need that much protection? Something else is going on, and our civilian, national force is getting ready for it. Hopefully, our military forces will be on our side.

Dan Shaw



Bolgona burger creation

To the editor:

After reading the ad in the March 13 Gazette-Virginian referencing the food concession at the South Boston Speedway, I felt compelled to submit a correction to the claim regarding the creation of the “World Famous Bologna Burger.”  

The true creator was the late Cohen Johnson, my good friend and partner, with whom I operated the food concession at the local speedway through the late 1980s. 

Upon his suggestion, we introduced the bologna burger on a small scale with just three rolls of bologna the first night, and the rest was history.

Customers quickly began raving about the thick-sliced, fried bologna topped with grilled onions and peppers, and we soon needed 30 rolls of bologna for each race.

 No doubt the new sandwich helped us earn a place on NASCAR’s list of best racetrack food.

Thank you for allowing me to document this information for the record.

Roy McCormick



Abolish fox penning

To the editor:

I was reading in Wednesday morning’s Richmond Times Dispatch concerning this matter.    

I am very much opposed to this and would like for you all to know how I feel.   I am almost 65 years old and have spent my entire life in the commonwealth as well as my family since the 1600s. I grew up and still live on a family farm and have heard the hounds run through the years.    

Despite what Del. James Edmunds says is a “proud Virginia tradition,” fox penning is not, nor has it ever been.    

The neighborhood men who kept hounds would get together every so often and turn them loose in the evenings for a fox hunt.   Nothing is more pleasant than to be part of this and hear the hounds give chase in the creek bottoms or over the fields.   

A caged sport such as this, is not.

I urge you to restrain this, in fact, do away with fox penning altogether. One does not hear of raccoon penning.

Thank you for reading.

Robert  G. D.
Pottage III