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Editorial: What else can happen? (7/29/2020) - Dare we even ask, as 2020 prepares to enter its eighth month, what else could happen to unbalance our national equilibrium? We must ask; because offshore, a steady string of…
Letter: Symbols of hate (7/29/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: The Mathews Chapter of the NAACP stands with our sister, Kamilah Turner, in calling for the renaming of Lee-Jackson Elementary School. All across Virginia, the remnants of glorifying…
Letter: Facing our own demons (7/29/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: The Mathews County School Board met last week to discuss two major issues: renaming Lee-Jackson School, and reopening our schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. I hope I speak…
Letter: Making all students feel welcome (7/29/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: As a retired public school educator and elementary school principal, I feel compelled to add my voice to the many Mathews County citizens who have voiced their concerns…
Letter: ‘Mathews Unfiltered’ (7/29/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: The July 21, 2020 meeting of the Mathews School Board should be dubbed “Mathews Unfiltered.” First, despite being a public meeting, no one enforced the requirement that attendees…
Letter: Lee-Jackson must be renamed (7/29/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: I never attended Lee-Jackson. By the time my family arrived I had missed Lee-Jackson. I would spend my remaining school years in Mathews schools. That’s for background; I…
Letter: A school name that divisive should be replaced (7/29/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: Lee-Jackson School in Mathews needs a new name. If I had ever questioned that, last week’s Mathews School Board meeting would have convinced me. Oversized Confederate flags greeted…
Letter: Let’s stop honoring slavery (7/29/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: I am Tidewater born, raised, educated and, according to my DAR mother, the descendant of a Confederate soldier who died at the Battle of Seven Pines. Affixed to…
Letter: Lee and Jackson were Virginia patriots (7/29/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: I am writing to express my opposition to the renaming of Lee-Jackson Elementary School. Several historical mistakes were made on Tuesday, July 21, which need to be addressed…
Letter: The other half (7/29/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: Last week, a writer asked, “What am I missing?” My answer is, the other half of his analysis of current events. Without question, there are destructive elements, people…
Letter: The good news about COVID can be missed (7/29/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: Your July 23 headline story by Sherry Hamilton, basically a good job of reporting, missed the good news in favor of ill-defined bad news. It opens with “COVID-19…
Letter: More complete picture needed for COVID-19 (7/29/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: While I appreciate your presenting (July 23 edition) information on the effects of the COVID-19 virus, the information is incomplete. To gain a fuller understanding of the impact…
Letter: Not the Democrats of old (7/29/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: As the November election nears, we hear more and more about the views and values of our political parties and what they believe. That is very important to…
Editorial: Make your $$$ count: Shop local (7/22/2020) - We suppose a few local businesses are doing well during this pandemic. We also suppose they are few and far between. In today’s business world, it’s safe to say that…
Letter: Questions for school boards to ponder (7/22/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: My daughter lives in a state that is considering in-person opening of schools next month. She sent the following questions to the local school board. I think these…
Letter: ROMCA: bringing retired officers together (7/22/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: In early 1988, Cdr. E. Travers Thompson (USN-ret.) sent out letters to all known retired military in our area to determine the interest in forming an organization of…
Letter: What am I missing? (7/22/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: I continue to be amazed at what I have been witnessing here in the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave. We are experiencing out-of-control violence…
Editorial: Have the conversation (7/15/2020) - Gloucester and Mathews are as much a part of the present conversation about racial justice as every other locality in the nation. Locally, the topics center on vestiges of the…
Editorial: Change in energy (7/15/2020) - Out: the natural gas pipeline. In: the offshore turbine. In one week, Dominion Energy killed off its controversial Atlantic Coast Pipeline, planned in partnership with Duke Energy. At the same…
Editorial: Warned (7/15/2020) - Governor Ralph Northam cracked down a bit on Tuesday, citing the rapid rise of COVID-19 cases in Hampton Roads and stating that officials from the Virginia Deaprtment of Health will…
Letter: I want to effect a positive change (7/15/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: My name is Kamilah Turner, and I was raised in Mathews County. Traced back to the early 1800s, generations of my family were enslaved, and have lived, worked,…
Letter: Lee’s legacy—if we can keep it (7/15/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: It is mid-July 2020 and there is a civil war in Afghanistan. If it is to survive as a nation, it needs men of Robert E. Lee’s, U.S.…
Letter: Keep partisan rhetoric out of BOS meetings (7/15/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: As a proud resident and taxpayer of Gloucester County, I view the Gloucester Supervisors meetings to stay informed. Supervisor Bazzani should not use this venue to make comments…
Letter: Patriotism is alive and well in Mathews (7/15/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: Fireworks displays lit the sky from everywhere, even the neighboring creeks. As my daughter and I settled into our chairs to watch, the fiery moon was rising in…
Letter: Mask doesn’t seem too much to ask (7/15/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: I feel like this country is being overwhelmed by print and electronic media coverage of COVID-19. We see and read about it 24 hours a day. Nothing new…