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Letter: Wake up Mathews

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

I would like to thank the Mathews Board of Supervisors for standing up for the history of Mathews County, and trying to preserve it. Approximately 88 local governments didn’t stand up to preserve their history in their communities and their war memorials and statues are gone today.

How did we get to this point? Because of the policies of ex-Gov. Ralph Northam, who got the Virginia legislators to remove laws protecting war memorials and statues. This was done to pay for his past peccadillos, as pictures surfaced of Northam in blackface and wearing a KKK outfit.

Then there was the small group of people who belong to the NAACP who wanted to change the name of Lee-Jackson School. It was suggested that county citizens vote on it, but the school board voted 5-0 not to place it on the ballot. The Black Panthers came over from Norfolk for one of the school board meetings and intimidated the school board to vote to change the name.

With that success under t...

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