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More Mayfly information

To the editor:

The article about the Mayfly hatch had some misinformation, so I thought I would clarify. 

The Mayfly actually rarely hatches in May to start with, especially this particular type. They are from the order Ephemeroptera, which means “short lived.” 

This particular type is from the Hexagenia family, and they swarm when they hatch from larvae, usually once a year. They actually lay their eggs in the water, not on branches near it. The eggs hatch underwater, and the larvae grow and live over winter under water around rocks, etc. They emerge mid-summer, briefly dry their wings and then mate. The males die immediately, and the females die after returning to water to lay eggs. 

They are completely harmless and actually have no mouth parts at all. They cannot feed in the Mayfly stage, but, don’t need to as this is the shortest stage of their life cycle. 

I hope that clarifies a little for anyone interested. 

As mentioned in the article, they are an integral part of the life cycle of a number of fish and aquatic species, and so there are a number of artificial “flies” made to resemble them that are designed to catch bream, trout and similar fish. 

Bran Midkiff



Ugly baby

To the editor:

Let’s talk some more about spending taxpayer money to create a boutique hotel. OK?

I’ll try real hard this time to not hurt too many people’s feelings but would like to see some facts from the other side instead of a display of emotions. 

What’s the project going to cost? How many new permanent jobs will be created? Oh, won’t know that until we spend a big chunk of money on a study? Well, there’s at least one job that will be created although it won’t be a permanent one.

Quick question: If this was such a great idea, a real profit-maker, why hasn’t anyone in the private sector jumped in before now? Oh, I know - only the government has money and foresight to determine what’s best for the people.

OK, now let’s look at some of the places mentioned that inspired such a grandiose plan.

Greenville, S.C., has a city population of over 60,000 and an area population of over 1.4 million and is the fastest growing urban area in the state. Halifax County has a declining population of about 35,000.

Mt. Airy, N.C., is a small city of about 10,000 people but is blessed with getting $5 million every year for having the Andy Griffith “Mayberry Days” celebration. Halifax County’s big event is the Cantaloupe Festival where we serve melons grown out-of-state.

Jefferson & West Jefferson, N.C., are even smaller places with just over 1,400 and 1,300 residents. Great little towns in the Appalachians along the clear New River. Gosh — I wish we had mountains and a clear scenic river.

Back to the hotel project again before I close. Two questions:

Is there even a ballpark estimate for the cost of rebuilding the hotel to get it up to “liveable” standards much less the “boutique” expectations?

 Say we spend the money, advertise like crazy, and then nobody comes. What then? Let people set up booths inside to sell whatnots? 

I’m not trying to “devalue” local bussiness owners. I admire them and spend money in their stores. I am, however, totally against the government trying to replace the free market. 

I’m also reminded to never tell a mother that her baby’s ugly.

Dan Shaw



Honor King legacy — go vegan

To the editor:

Last week’s 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s March on Washington is being observed with marches, speeches and speculation on what causes Dr. King would embrace today. 

He would certainly continue to work for racial equality. But he would also likely advocate for a rapid withdrawal from Afghanistan, workers’ rights, gay rights and animal rights.

Yes, animal rights. Although he is best known for advocacy of racial equality, Dr. King opposed all violence, like the Vietnam war. And there is no greater violence than that perpetrated each day against billions of cows, pigs and other sentient animals in America’s factory farms and slaughterhouses.

The day before his assassination in 1968, Dr. King came to Memphis to champion the most oppressed human beings in America — African-American sanitation workers. 

Today, it would also be about the most oppressed living beings in America — animals raised for food, experiments and entertainment.

Although Dr. King never lived long enough to extend his circle of compassion, justice and nonviolence to non-human animals, his wife, Coretta Scott King, and his son, Dexter Scott King, did, by embracing the vegan lifestyle. 

A great way for us to honor the King legacy is to follow their lead.


Garry Veitzmann



‘Bring America Back’

To the editor:

In Iowa, ministers and politicians are having meetings lately to “Bring America Back.” Their feeling is that we have so many problems plaguing our country right now the only real solution is a movement of prayer.

 They plan to spread these meetings throughout the country. 

I agree 100 percent this is the only way out for our troubled country. 

Halifax County should start their own movement to “Bring America Back.” How badly we need something like this to happen.  

Paul DuPont



Constitution Week celebrated Sept. 17-23

To the editor:

Constitution Week is celebrated Sept. 17-23.  This is a commemoration of America’s most important document and one of its least known official observances.  Our Constitution stands as a testament to Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties and freedom, and to ensure those inalienable rights to every American.

The tradition of celebrating the Constitution was started by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).  In 1955, the DAR petitioned Congress to set aside the week of Sept. 17 - 23 each year to observe Constitution Week.  The resolution was adopted by Congress and signed into law on August 2, 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.  

Simply stated the aims of this celebration are (1) to emphasize citizen’s responsibilities for protecting, defending and preserving the Constitution; (2) to inform the people that the Constitution is the basis for America’s heritage and the foundation of our way of life; and, (3) to encourage the study of the historical events which led to the framing of this document in September 1787.

The Constitution is the oldest document in active use that outlines self-government of a people.  This landmark idea that men had the right to be free and govern themselves was the impetus of the American Revolution.  The Constitution stands as an icon of freedom for people the world over, and the DAR encourages all citizens to reflect on our heritage of freedom and together to “Celebrate America.”

Nancy Chandler, Regent

Berryman Green Chapter, NSDAR