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Tell governor ‘no uranium mining’

To the editor:

I just received in the mail a letter from a group supporting uranium mining in Virginia and included in the material is a card to Gov. McDonnell where I can sign my name in support of establishing a regulatory process for mining uranium.

They also provided a self-addressed envelope, with stamp, and also with my name and address already on the envelope. They are making it very easy and fast for anyone to respond. 

They also gave the number to the governor (804-786-2211), which they recommended I call to support uranium mining in our state. I promptly called the governor’s office and gave them an emphatic “no” to this.

I also will be using the envelope, which they supplied for me, to send the governor a handwritten letter to express my position on being against the mining of uranium in our state.

I hope you will join me also by calling and writing Governor McDonnell and saying no to establishing a regulatory process for mining uranium. The address is Patrick Henry Building, 3rd Floor, 1111 East Broad St., Richmond, Virginia 23219.


Bill Snead

South Boston 

Town Council member


97 percent of scientists agree on climate change

To the editor:

A review of 12,000 papers on climate change, in the May 15 issue of “Environmental Research Letters,” found that 97 percent of scientists attribute climate change to human activities. Although we’re unlikely to reverse climate change, we can mitigate its effects by reducing our driving, energy use and meat consumption.

Yes, meat consumption. 

A 2006 U.N. report estimated that meat consumption accounts for 18 percent of man-made greenhouse gases. 

A 2009 article in the respected World Watch magazine suggested that it may be closer to 50 percent.

Carbon dioxide, the principal greenhouse gas, is generated by burning forests to create animal pastures and by combustion of fossil fuels to confine, feed, transport and slaughter animals. The much more damaging methane and nitrous oxide are discharged from digestive tracts of cattle and from animal waste cesspools, respectively.

Each of us has the power to reduce the devastating effects of climate change every time we eat. Our local supermarket offers a rich variety of soy-based lunch meats, hotdogs, veggie burgers and soy and nut-based dairy products, as well as an ample selection of vegetables, fruits, grains and nuts. Product lists, easy recipes and transition tips are at


Garry Veitzmann



‘A nightmare’

To the editor:

When I had awakened on the morning of May 11, I looked forward to a typical day for me of just lying around watching movies and relaxing. 

However, before the day came to an end, it became a nightmare from what could’ve been “my last day” had it not been for the outstanding work and efforts of many people.

After dropping my cell phone in a well and attempting to retrieve it, I became trapped 38 feet down in a well, with my friend, John McClure, finding me some two hours later. 

About an hour after calling 911 (by my friend), I was pulled to safety. 

Giving thanks to God that I am here today, I am also compelled to express my heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to Scottsburg Volunteer Fire Department, South Boston Fire Department, Halifax County Rescue, Liberty Volunteer Fire Department, Clover Volunteer Fire Department, Emergency Services Deputy Coordinator Chad Loftis, deputies from the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, Franklin’s Wrecker Service and all those who were on standby. 

Thanks to all those at Halifax Regional Hospital emergency room who assisted me that night, and to my doctors and their staff at South Va. Orthopedics. You are all amazing and did a wonderful job. I’d love to call and thank each of you personally, however, my phone is still at the bottom of a well, where it can stay.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to strongly urge anyone out there to never attempt such a foolish act as this for any reason and regardless to the depth of a well. 

If there is a well on your property or close by, please take time to ensure that it is secured for the safety of young children. 

Again, thanks to all, and God bless.

Kenneth Helton