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Quackenbush-Martin: A skilled attorney

To the editor:

A great deal is being made of “experience” in the current race for commonwealth’s attorney. But the number of years someone has spent in a position is only part of the question. 

The real issue is: how successful were they? How good a job did they do? It doesn’t make much difference if someone has held a job for 10, 20 or 30 years if they are in fact mediocre at what they do. This is why, for instance, you not only ask how long a doctor or mechanic has been in practice but you also ask how satisfied their patients and customers are. In short, experience is only one gauge by which a candidate for office should be judged: their record of achievement is quite another.

Tracy Quackenbush-Martin has not only had 15 years’ experience as a trial attorney, but for most of that time has successfully operated her own office. While it’s true that she has been a defense attorney during this time, the skills required for preparing and presenting a case before the court are the same regardless of which side one is on. That she has been a very successful defense attorney only proves that she brings real skill, honesty, knowledge and ability to every case. And because she is in private practice, there is a burden of personal responsibility on Tracy for every case she accepts. 

Her clients know and appreciate how well-prepared Tracy is when she appears in court, and the scrupulous attention she pays to every detail. She would focus this same skill, integrity and thoroughness to prosecuting an offender. Not only has Tracy gained the respect of her clients, she has earned the respect of her peers, reflected in the fact that she has been a grader for the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners for the past several years.

In addition to her record as a trial attorney, Tracy has invested a vast amount of time and energy in our community. She has been a board member for Habitat for Humanity and for the Community Arts Center Foundation. She is a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, where she is an active youth leader and has been elected to serve on the church leadership boards both locally and regionally.

Ron Miller

South Boston


Vote for Rita Best

To the editor:

I, for one, am fed up with elected officials, both local and federal, who say one thing to get elected and do the opposite once they’re in office.

The members on the Halifax County School Board as well as the Halifax County Board of Supervisors forget how their decisions impact people. They want to protect their agenda at all cost, even if it hurts the very people they were elected to serve. No one gets hurt as much as the working people they represent. 

Our public schools are really government schools now, and freedoms in the schools are waning every year.

I would like to urge voters, in Black Walnut Election District 6 to vote for Rita Best as our trustee on the Halifax County School Board. 

We need a change in Election District 6. 

We need trustees on the school board who will use their common sense and also vote the wishes of the people and not trustees who follow the crowd. 

Trustees should vote to take care of our children, our schools, our teachers and our staffs. This year this did not happen.

Please vote for Rita Best on Nov. 5th as our trustee in Election District 6.

Nancy M. Ramsey

South Boston


Republicans are the culprits

To the editor:

It is a shame that a few of our elective representatives in Congress are willing to let the U.S. government shut down just because they do not like President Obama, and they want to destroy his presidency. 

The extreme right wing Republican Tea Party people are the culprits. They want to dismantle President Obama’s health care law, which is the law of the land that has been upheld by the Supreme Court of the United States of America. 

They are holding the Affordable Healthcare Law hostage in shutting down the U.S. government. 

The Republican Party in the House of Representatives has voted over 30 times to eliminate President Obama’s affordable healthcare law. 

I urge all concerned citizens to contact their elective representatives in Washington, D.C. to urge them to appropriate our hard earn tax dollars to keep the government running and to support the raising of the debt ceiling. 

We are a great country, and we the people deserve better government. 

John Woody 

South Boston


For him who has born the battle

To the editor:

The president is the commander in chief. With that authority comes responsibilities. Among these are caring for our nation’s war wounded and dead and respecting the memorials to our veterans, both the fallen and living. 

Before there was freedom of speech, there was a soldier. Before freedom of religion, there was a soldier. Before we had the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, there was a soldier. The soldier ended slavery. Without the soldier, we would have no country. 

If the president has the power to send the Navy in harm’s way to Syrian waters, he could have with the stroke of a pen taken care of our dead. He is the commander, not the White House lawyers.

The failure to tend to the war dead and their families, the threat to slow the VA and to disrespect our nation’s war memorials is in my opinion dereliction of duty of our commander in chief. 

It is his responsibility to tend to the troops living and dead.

In my opinion he has lost the moral authority to lead our troops.

Roger W. Browne, M.D.

South Boston


She cares

To the editor:

I have been in law enforcement for 23 years. I support Tracy Quackenbush Martin for commonwealth’s attorney.

Defense attorneys and prosecutors know the same law and have the same trial skills. I trust Tracy to get the job done. Tracy will be fair and fight for justice. Tracy is tough. She will do what is best for Halifax County.

I have known Tracy for years. She loves Halifax County. Tracy wants to serve our community. She cares. If you want someone who will be fair, fight for justice and get the job done, vote for Tracy Quackenbush Martin. 

Thurman Perkins

Retired Halifax  

Chief of Police