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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Dec. 24

 

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‘Joyful truths to ponder’

To the editor:

Of course the sentences which comprise Henry Jeff Puryears’ heart wrenching letter to Viewpoint in the News and Record on Dec. 19 prompted me to respond with joyful truths to ponder. 

Last week, Glen Beck on his radio broadcast, explained how the King James Bible at Luke 2:15 fails to denote that “earth peace is to be only among men of good will.” 

I don’t believe that Glen Beck explained how a person becomes of “good will.” However, it is elementary to notice that “earth peace” is tenaciously connected with the glorified son of God, Christ Jesus. 

May I offer to my neighbors for consideration a poem I entered for a Sparrowgrass Poetry contest. Without winning a cash prize, my poem was published in their “Treasured Poems of America.” This is the poem:

 

HATE, GONE FOREVER HOW?

The world of mankind is tormented with

all kinds of hate.

This turmoil stabs out to almost

every man’s front gate.

Children try their best in neighborhood and street

to find joy when they roller-skate.

Women and everyone else will be glad to know

that Satan has a date.

Jehovah God, by means of His Kingdom in the hands of His

son, Christ Jesus, will abyss and isolate.

Earth-wide paradise will be restored and

all that Adam with Eve never realized will perpetuate.

How joyous it will be to see our loved ones live again

as Jesus each one resuscitates.

Yes, the promise of no more sickness, pain or death

will be quite a change from a world full of hate.

I included this statement after the poem:

Dedicated to the men, women and children of the eight million Jehovah’s Witnesses Earth-wide who have gladly beaten their swords into plowing tools and have removed hate from all their actions with one exception: -- they will always hate wickedness.

More than ever, at 81 years of age, I look forward to the restored paradise as depicted in Isaiah 11:6, which is just a glimpse of what the future holds for honest-hearted people.

Yours truly,

Charles Johnson

Halifax

 

‘Stuff the Cruiser’ thanks

To the editor:

On behalf of the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, I would like to thank each of you who participated to help make the “Stuff the Cruiser” program a success. 

With your generosity, we were able to receive numerous toys, coats, gloves and many other items that will be distributed to the children of Halifax County this Christmas season. 

Again, we extend a huge thank you to all who helped us with this event. Working together with the citizens of Halifax County and the Halifax County Department of Social Services, it is our hope that every child in Halifax County has a gift on Christmas morning.

As we celebrate this season of giving, let’s not forget the real reason for the season -- the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 

The staff of the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office would like to wish each of you a very Merry Christmas and a joyous and safe New Year. May God bless you all.

Yours in safety, service and protection,

Sheriff Fred S. Clark

Halifax

 

No Christmas lights 

To the editor:

Hello, I am writing this letter to share with everyone why there are no Christmas lights down on 2014 Buckshoal Road. I really don’t know where to start explaining all the little things that have added up to cause me not to decorate.

My parents decorated to give back to the community and share the joy of Christ being born. I grew up knowing that Thanksgiving was the start of decorating season. Also during this time, there were three families, all kin, who shared in this joy. 

Now it is just me. I cannot do all this alone. 

In the Gospels, Paul says we as Christians, need to take a stand, so part of this letter is my stand. 

Since my parents’ death and my lay-off from the school system, there is not the great joy in my life anymore. I know part of this is the grieving process, and I hope that I will one day move from this spot. 

One of my favorite people of biblical history is Job, how he lost everything, but he kept his faith. All these events just strengthen my faith in God and Jesus.

I am a firm believer in giving thanks in and for all things. God has a master plan.

My parents and I have always shown our faith and our Christianity by our lifestyle and actions. We have helped others and never asked for anything in return, but it seems many people see this as a weakness, not as being a child of God. 

I have not worked full-time since June 2012. I have had only two part-time jobs, which I enjoyed, but they were seasonal.

I tried and still have a small art studio.

One would think with two rental houses and retirement, I could live comfortably, not outlandishly, but could be comfortable by being careful. The rent I get from those houses pay my bills. 

Everyone wants the lights up, but there is little to decorate with now.

Have we lost the understanding and compassion of the season? Everyone seems to be so wrapped up in shopping and spending and seeing how they can outdo each other. It’s a mess. This is not the reason for the season.

I have lost a great deal over the past few years, but I have learned that the most important things are sharing time with someone who is alone and praising the Lord through our actions and our faith.

I don’t mean for this letter to sound like I am bitter. I am learning that people are forgetting the past, and the “Golden Rule.” 

We are also forgetting kindness, courtesy, and to me, we are forgetting that the birth of Christ is the reason for the season, not lights, gifts, parties and such.

So this Christmas, don’t look for the Christmas lights on houses, look for the light in your heart and in others, and let’s see how we can help those lights grow bright.

Sincerely yours,

Henry Jeff Puryear

Virgilina

 

Salute to Mandela

To the editor:

We salute the legacy of Nelson Mandela. Mr. Mandela spent almost 30 years in jail for fighting against the racist system of apartheid in South Africa. 

After getting out of jail he went on to become the first black elected president of that country. He continued to show love and compassion for all people, black and white. Now that was genuine love for all people. He is a most remarkable man.

Now we in the NAACP fight for freedom and justice for all black and whites just as Mr. Mandela did. We believe in equal opportunity for all people no matter race color, creed or sex. 

So, we encourage all concerned citizens of Halifax County and South Boston to join us in the struggle for justice and equality.

John Woody

South Boston

 

Making positive impacts

To the editor:

As the year comes to a close it is time to think about those who have made a positive impact on our community this past year and thank them for their hard work. 

Sometimes in our life we are fortunate to cross paths with hard-working and dedicated people. We all know dedication takes passion, commitment, ownership and continual striving to improve. And that often there are few rewards for the hard work aside from the personal satisfaction knowing that you have done a good job.  

Denise Barksdale, an employee of the Town of Halifax who as an added duty coordinates the Halifax Farmers’ Market, is one of the hardest working and dedicated women that I have met in our local community. 

Her zeal, passion and vision for the Halifax Farmers Market has elevated a small outdoor market to the recently established Indoor Farmers Market. Denise understands that the survival of the small production family farm is linked to appropriate and consistent marketing. She knows farming businesses have the capacity to sustain themselves by increasing their customer base and building interconnection, and she facilitates this for our local farms.  She is pro-agriculture and promotes our bounty of local resources every day.  

She knows a local farmers’ market will promote and support other local businesses and bring neighbors together, to commune and share resources, thus increasing local social capital and providing a hub of food-related community education, commerce and creativity. 

Denise has the innate ability to bring the local farms and community together and she knows that by doing so will help with the continued rural regeneration in our area. 

This past year’s stability, increasing strength and diversity of the Halifax Farmers’ Market parallels the growing importance of farmers’ markets in the mind of Halifax residents. 

Denise Barksdale and the Town of Halifax had the insight to establish the recent Indoor Holiday Farmers’ Market, which is our region’s first indoor public farmers’ market.  

For many of us, the Halifax Indoor Farmers’ Market offers a glimmer of hope for a healthy and vibrant future. This farmers’ market is a success story of the blending of past practices with a sustainable future for our region. 

Denise has worked hard this past year to make sure that the community is well informed, aware of the seasonal and local products available at the market, and that community members “shop local.” 

Although the market has just now closed for the season, Denise is already busy planning for next year’s market.  She has set the opening date in April and is posting updates on the Market’s Facebook page that she established and maintains. Her dedication to the success of local farms and her undying continued vision and support helps make the Halifax Farmers’ Market the most progressive market on the Southside. 

Thanks Denise Barksdale for all that you have done this past year, and also thanks to the community members that have shopped at the Halifax Farmers; Market and supported our local products and farms.

Denise Hudson

Hudson Heritage Farms

 

Hope it’s the last time

To the editor:

On Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, I observed three police cars driving far above the speed limit passing the hospital on Wilborn Avenue in South Boston.  It was roughly three in the afternoon, and traffic was moderately heavy.  

None of these cars was running lights at the time, and the last of them came perilously close to hitting someone pulling out from the Dominion Health Group building at the bottom of the hill.  

I am very understanding of the fact that officers often are required to speed in order to effectively do their jobs - whether they be going to an accident or responding to someone in distress.  

However, on these occasions and anytime their speed poses a danger to others, sirens and lights should be used so that other motorists can be alerted to the hazard.  

Officers should be especially conscientious of this when in populated areas, as was the case on this occasion.  

This is not the first time that I have personally observed this scenario occur, but I do hope that it is the last.  

While I greatly respect the jobs that police officers do, putting some in peril to save others is not an efficient way of doing that.  

Engaging in reckless behavior in the call of duty serves only to put more people at risk.

Ryan Franklin Stanley

 

South Boston

 

Cancer fight goes on here

To the editor:

The fight against cancer goes on in Halifax County.  Hardly anyone can say they don’t have a friend or relative that is battling this terrible disease.  

The Halifax County Cancer Association was founded in 1957 and is an independent, non-profit organization providing education and direct services to Halifax County residents battling cancer.  

The Halifax County Cancer Association is designed to take some of the financial burden from families experiencing the effects of cancer.  Each week of 2013 financial assistance has been given in the form of cancer related medications, medical supplies, gas vouchers, early detection programs, home care, love, prayers and much more.  

Halifax County Cancer Association services are funded and paid for by memorial and private tax-deductible contributions, and fund-raising organized by individuals in our community and the Halifax County Cancer Association.  

All money stays in Halifax County to provide services to cancer patients and their families.  

As the Christmas season and the end of 2013 approaches, you can support those in Halifax County battling cancer into 2014 by making a tax-deductible contribution to Halifax County Cancer Association.  Donations can be made in honor or memory of someone.  Please mail your tax-deductible donation to Halifax County Cancer Association, P.O. Box 1891, Halifax, VA  24558.  

If you or someone you know is in need of services from Halifax County Cancer Association, please call 434-476-2714. 

Michelle Epps

Fundraising Coordinator

 

Halifax County Cancer Association