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Letter: Monuments should be on private property (8/12/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: Public monuments are erected in public spaces for a reason. They are a way to honor the sacrifices and selfless efforts of citizens in our community and nation.…
Letter: Who decides? (8/12/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: “In addition to adding this item to the August agenda, the school board also unanimously voted against having the question of the name change placed before county voters…
Letter: Change the name (8/12/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: I have never understood why the elementary school is named after Lee and Jackson, two men who apparently never set foot in Mathews County. There are so many…
Letter: Embrace love, not hate (8/12/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: The removal of Confederate monuments and memorials has been an ongoing process for many years in many localities. This movement is being accelerated because of the decline in…
Letter: Put it on the ballot (8/12/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: I attended the school board meeting on July 30 at Mathews High School; they had a good crowd. As stated, no comments would be allowed from the public…
Letter: Setting the record straight (8/12/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: Two editions ago, I sent in a letter to the editor about my opinions on the Lee-Jackson name change. My opinion on this issue has not changed. That…
Letter: Greater problems (8/12/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: The name of the school … really? The economy of our country is currently stressed to the breaking point by pandemic politics. Drugs, and their cumulative baggage, have…
Letter: Remembering history, not same as honoring it (8/12/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: We should never forget our history as Americans and acknowledge that America had invested much in slavery. With the first slave ship descending upon Jamestown in 1619, only…
Letter: Not every statue has to comfort us (8/12/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: I feel compelled to offer my opinion regarding the belief that removing statues or other memorials which commemorate historical events and our Confederate ancestors is somehow necessary. I…
Letter: The Supreme Court and secession (8/12/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: I am writing to correct a statement made in a letter of July 30 (“Lee and Jackson were Virginia patriots”) which states the following: “The U.S. Supreme Court…
Letter: It is who we were (8/12/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: Suddenly, it seems, everything and everyone connected to the Confederate States of America is the devil incarnate. Monuments and statues are defaced, torn down or removed. Names of…
Letter: Make it right (8/12/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: Last night as I was trying to decide how to write this letter, I took a walk in the Gloucester Colonial Courthouse Circle. I stood for a while…
Letter: History forgotten (8/12/2020) - Our founding fathers established a loosely combined group of states joined for mutual advantage in a confederacy. As the young nation grew the South became agricultural and the North industrial.…
Letter: A Unity Monument? (8/12/2020) - Thank you for allowing extra space in the Gazette-Journal for Letters to the Editor that reflect very different opinions regarding changing the name of Lee-Jackson Elementary School and removing the…
Letter: Where have all the Christians gone? (8/12/2020) - I have lived in Mathews County for over 20 years. It is my favorite place on earth. We have so many good and helpful people and organizations. Many of us…
Letter: Haskins’ SuperService Center lives up to its name (8/12/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: In this time of the pandemic everyone is conscious of being sanitary, distancing each other a minimum of 6 feet, and wearing face masks, I also feel that…
Letter: Not for the wealthy few, but for all (8/12/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: When I heard about the 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate exploding in Beirut, I asked how such a thing could happen. Upon further investigation, it turns out the…
Letter: Community spirit (8/12/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: The Mathews Land Conservancy wishes to thank the members of the Mathews Rotary Club for the recent work completed at our Bayside location in Bavon at the end…
Letter: America’s problem is not the Democrats (8/12/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: Donald Trump has misrepresented the truth on so many issues that his supporters believe him. The writer of last week’s letter to the editor (“America, we have a…
Editorial: A troubling proposal (8/5/2020) - For more than 230 years, the electoral system of the United States of America has worked pretty much as designed. And for much of that time, Americans have gone to…
Editorial: Feeding the neighborhood (8/5/2020) - Among the many cancellations due to COVID-19 is the 2020 Food from the Heart annual gathering at White Hall Plantation. This midsummer event, which features food prep demonstrations in exchange…
Letter: Gloucester’s monument should be placed in museum (8/5/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: For over 400 years, African Americans, Native Americans and other minorities have been treated as less than second-class citizens in a country that was founded on the principle…
Letter: Monuments are memorials (8/5/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: The War Between the States was over for several years before communities (county and state) recovered enough to think about honoring their lost family members. Besides not having…
Letter: Leave the monument in place (8/5/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: The Mathews Confederate Monument is not a monument to slavery. It is a monument to the brave men and boys who chose to defend the culture of southern…
Letter: Statues and schools (8/5/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: Conservatively “thinking,” why is it that the ones making the most noise seem to get all the attention? Where is the silent majority hiding? It’s time to speak…