Letter: Letters hit the mark
Thank you, Sonya Nachman, for your educating letter in this paper ("Awareness of safe haven laws could have saved life," June 9 Readers Write). You sound like a person interested in ‘life.’ I would hope that would include preborn infants as well.
Robin Thompson’s letter also in last week’s Gazette-Journal ("Resident sees big increase in ‘revenue neutral’ taxes) is certainly true. It is clear Mathews County residents need a new board of supervisors. Mr. (Richard) Hicks and his "taxed enough already" friends are gaining momentum. This current board of supervisors is out of step with the times. They do not seem to understand America’s economic downturn, and how inflation is not a good thing for anyone.
This leads me to wonder why our county Comprehensive Plan calls for density housing in the Village and Hamlets when there are houses empty and for sale throughout the county. Some have been in this state of being for two-plus years and counting. At various meetings, I have been told that the new density housing will cost about $900 to $1,200 a month in rent. Who has that kind of money for monthly rent?
The next letter I liked was written by Nikki Coates ("Questions use of classroom time"). I am in complete agreement with Ms. Coates. In Gloucester, parents (through their children) are invited to "gift" pregnant teachers at Achilles Elementary School. On one hand, it makes a positive pro-life statement to students. On the other hand, a baby shower held during school time does stray from the purpose of academic mentoring.
Citizens shouldn’t be surprised by anything these days. Bailey Diggs writes in his letter, "Where has the integrity of the Methodist church gone?" United Methodist churches are now participating with Planned Parenthood. Susanna Wesley would be shocked! She gave birth to 19 children; only 10 lived beyond childhood. Two of those were John and Charles Wesley. "Lo, children are a heritage of the Lord" (Psalms 127:3). Who has not enjoyed singing hymns written by these two famous evangelists?
Sharon Frye is spot-on in her letter, "Playing on Christian compassion." When God’s tithe is no longer used for His purpose, but is used instead for ‘agendas of man,’ it is time to leave the building and take your tithe with you.
Cobbs Creek, Va.