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Letter: Help the C.H. Players have a secure future (8/18/2010) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: "Is anybody there? Does anybody care?" These are the opening lines of a song from the musical, "1776," which the Court House Players presented in Gloucester in 2007.…
Letter: Former GVFD volunteer appreciates care (8/18/2010) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: Before I retired and moved to Essex County in 1995, I served over 30 years with the Gloucester Volunteer Fire Department. On July 22, I was involved in…
Letter: Vendor expo a fun-filled event (8/18/2010) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: We would like to thank all the vendors who participated in the Independent Vendor Expo on Friday night. The event held at the Mathews firehouse was fun, with…
Editorial: The dysfunctional Gloucester family (8/11/2010) - When money gets tight, people naturally get testy. It leads to disagreements, fights and, in some extreme cases, divorce. That’s as true of governments as it is of families. When…
Editorial: Two doses of bad news (8/11/2010) - As the recession drags along and local "recovery" comes slowly, Hampton Roads has received two doses of bad news. The past week brought the announcement that about 300 jobs at…
Letter: A vision for a community center at Hayes (8/11/2010) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: Long-range planning is something that we all do. We save for a car or for retirement. We plan a wedding or some other event. What is true in…
Letter: Swim lessons needed to avoid tragedy (8/11/2010) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: The recent drowning of six teenagers in Louisiana was a preventable tragedy. Swimming is a lifetime skill which everyone should learn, regardless of age. Unfortunately, the Middle Peninsula…
Letter: Losing grasp of history (8/11/2010) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: Joyce Appleby, Lynn Hunt and Margaret Jacob start their book "Telling the Truth about History" (publ. 1994) with the words, "We have lost our grip on historical truth."…
Letter: Was Reagan a socialist? (8/11/2010) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: Liberalism, or progressivism, does not equate to socialism or Marxism. Calling a belief by a different, derogatory name is simply a method to marginalize it and demonize its…
Letter: Health care misrepresentations (8/11/2010) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: The misrepresentations on the recent health care legislation by the White House continue to amaze me. As examples, you never heard the phrase "universal health care" in the…
Letter: Laws for all (8/11/2010) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: The arrogance demonstrated by many members of the U.S. Congress has now trickled down to the local level. At approximately 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 5, 2010, while traveling…
Letter: Board needs to be proactive in high-speed internet (8/11/2010) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: May I say congratulations to Gloucester County Schools for using online education in its summer school program. Forward thinking communities always have the upper hand in this rapidly…
Letter: The good fight (8/11/2010) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: "You have fought the good fight. You have finished the course. You have kept the faith." Those words stood out as Bucky Burruss paid tribute to his brother…
Letter: Community effort applauded (8/11/2010) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: Two years ago I was introduced to SIDNE (Simulated Impaired DriviNg Experience) and knew it would be a wonderful experience for Gloucester students, but knew I would not…
Letter: ‘Farm to Feast’ event a success (8/11/2010) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: On behalf of the vendors of the Mathews Farmers’ Market, we would like to take this opportunity to thank the many people who helped to make our "Farm…
Editorial: Hometown lost and found: The disappearing shoreline (8/4/2010) - "Hometown lost and found" is an occasional commentary about people, places and things that make up our community. It has been absent for a while, but at this time of…
Letter: Lack of participation at fair disappointing (8/4/2010) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: I am writing in regard to the Gloucester County Fair. I took my granddaughter last Friday morning to enter our little roses. We were greeted with the usual…
Letter: It’s been a labor of love (8/4/2010) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: I would like to thank everyone who supported this year’s Gloucester County Fair. The work of the many volunteers, the support of the vendors and the attendance of…
Letter: The direction of America (8/4/2010) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: Are you satisfied with the direction America is traveling today? Every generation determines the road on which they will take it. We now find ourselves at a fork…
Letter: Taxes excite debate; but how to narrow the gap? (8/4/2010) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: Discussion of income tax tends to excite emotions about as fast as any political debate but it is the political season and both sides will give it a…
Letter: Patriotism and faith in America (8/4/2010) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: It appears that some readers fail to actually read what is written and react to an opinion which differs from theirs and make it personal. It is often…
Letter: Time to replace FDA (8/4/2010) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: It is time for the FDA to be replaced by something like the Commission E in Germany, where supplements and herbal products are dispensed alongside prescription drugs. This…
Editorial: Thank you, Rachael (7/29/2010) - It’s difficult for most of us to envision, when we toss aside an apple core, the majestic tree that one day could sprout from that seed. Rachael Burnette has that…
Editorial: A couple of (good, unnoticed) things (7/29/2010) - The news has been rather discouraging, from heat to drought to oil spills to court cases to an uncommon number of traffic fatalities in Gloucester so far this year. We…
Letter: Allow Clarence Bowser to have a jury trial (7/29/2010) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: Several years ago, my business partner and I purchased land adjoining Mr. Clarence Bowser’s. A couple days after we had it surveyed we discovered that Mr. Bowser had…