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Editorial: Before oil was king (3/26/2010) - During World War I, petroleum products were being established as essential to moving armies and operating businesses. These were the heady early days of oil, and the Gloucester News-Reporter, a…
Letter: Arrogant government not just in D.C. anymore (3/26/2010) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: I find myself deeply saddened to discover that the arrogance of our local "public servants" is every bit as great as those national political types in D.C. Watching…
Letter: Teacher massages ‘gross display of poor judgment’ (3/26/2010) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: A lifetime ago I served on the parent Teacher Association board at a Chesapeake elementary school. During the school year the Parent Teacher Association sponsored fundraisers. All the…
Letter: School endowment fund a way to benefit future generations (3/26/2010) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: Thank you for running the article last week regarding the Mathews Schools Endowment Fund. I would like to offer some additional information regarding the Fund and solicit help…
Letter: From the Department of Redundancy Department (3/26/2010) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: I am so happy to see our Department of Commerce is being so fiscally responsible. First, we received a letter telling us we were to receive a census.…
Editorial: A beacon of light (7/15/2010) - Some may argue that this may not be the best time to spend money on preserving a lighthouse that no longer serves as a beacon to passing ships. After all,…
Editorial: What’s behind the numbers? (7/15/2010) - Is the financial industry puffing returns from the stock market? A recent magazine mailed out by a major financial firm included an article titled "The recovery around the world" which…
Treating roads as a personal garbage can (7/15/2010) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: There were several reasons that my wife and I chose to move to Gloucester after spending many years as Newport News residents. While not the main reason for…
Still feeling the glow (7/15/2010) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: A week since the spectacular Independence Day fireworks show in Mathews, and this Come Here is still feeling the glow. It was obviously the result of a year-long…
‘Lighting up the sky’ (7/15/2010) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: I would like to take this opportunity to say how wonderful I thought the fireworks display at Mathews High School was. The whole evening was a huge success!…
A slander against the progressives (7/15/2010) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: I look forward to your letters to the editor, particularly the ones from the far right. They’re amusing in the same way that an eccentric uncle is. Persons…
Treatment of BP justified (7/15/2010) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: Mr. Kemp’s letter (Readers Write 7/8/10, "Pressure exerted on BP…") admonishes the U.S. government for using "a certain amount of pressure" to force BP to commit $20B for…
Time to stop this wild spending spree (7/15/2010) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: One of your recent "letters to the editor" requires a reply. It is full of what I would consider poorly reasoned comments. "Yes, increasing our multi-trillion dollar national…
Preserve New Point Comfort Lighthouse (7/15/2010) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: Today I read about Mr. Earl Soles and all of the folks who are campaigning to procure funds for the restoration of the New Point Comfort Lighthouse. It…
Editorial: Who can fill their shoes? (6/25/2010) - Mathews County lost three of its leading citizens in the short space of one week. They leave voids in the business, civic and religious communities, and taken together their deaths…
Letter: Shepherds have become the sheep (6/25/2010) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: Churches have been making news lately. But the news, with few exceptions, is pointing out that the shepherds have become the sheep. What should be of concern to…
Letter: Founders did not intend to banish God (6/25/2010) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: In the vision of The Founders, government has specific powers and cannot simply do whatever it wants. We also have a civil society, a concept of protected space…
Letter: Ruffling a few feathers (6/25/2010) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: Land sake! What is our staid weekly chronicle setting before Gloucester’s (and Mathews’s) chaste gaze? A pair of cardinals … and both male! Parenting! Not long ago, one…
Letter: Compassionate and encouraging care given (6/25/2010) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: I would like to take a moment to offer my gratitude to the staff at Riverside Middle Peninsula Cancer Center Radiation Oncology Department, Dr. Wassum, Dr. Stephens, Amy,…
Letter: Downside of Father’s Day (6/25/2010) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: On Father’s Day many of us were reminded why raising children can be both hard and rewarding. To have decent law-abiding adults honor you with their calls, cards…
Letter: Praise for Abingdon Volunteer Fire and Rescue (6/25/2010) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: Dear Abingdon Fire Department and Rescue Team—I want to thank you so very much for the wonderful job you did the day of the fire at my home…
Letter: ‘Sleep now, Judy…We have the watch’ (6/25/2010) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: In a world where vacation means "rest," "retreat" or simply a "break" for most of us, there lived a Judy Ward who never grasped the concept. Like an…