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Letter: A fantastic job (7/8/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: We, staff and residents, want to extend our thanks to the Mathews Baptist Church group of high school students who spent a hot afternoon digging, planting, mulching and…
Letter: How do we achieve peace? (7/1/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: “These are the times that try men’s souls,” wrote Thomas Paine, in “The Crisis, 1776.” Our Republic is again experiencing a time of pain and anger, as we…
A Safe Haven during difficult times (7/1/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: We are certainly going through difficult times with the coronavirus, jobs lost, Black Lives Matter protesting, rioting, looting, etc. It’s easy for pregnant women to think about having…
Letter: What are the odds? (7/1/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal:Did you know? “As many as 80 percent of people with COVID-19 aren’t aware they have the virus.” (Healthline Media, Inc.). Did you know that one in three people…
Letter: Please wear a mask (7/1/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: This letter is an appeal to the citizens of Gloucester County, in this time of the Coronavirus, on behalf of individuals over 60 with underlying conditions such as…
Letter: Absolute, unequivocal balderdash (7/1/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: An open letter to the Honorable Wittman, Warner and Kaine. My son-in-law is a fine, religious, family, Navy man who now is, as of June 24th law, unable…
Letter: We all need a hand sometimes (7/1/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: Giving is easy. Receiving is hard. A case in point: When I was a literacy volunteer 25 years ago, my client was frustrated he was not allowed to…
Letter: Everyone has been so kind (7/1/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: We want to express our heartfelt thanks to the entire community for the wonderful acts of kindness we have been shown since the fire at our business on…
Letter: Something special at the museum (7/1/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: This Saturday, the nonprofit Mathews Historical Museum will celebrate the 4th with a special event—an outdoor hot dog and chili fest, a sale of new and donated items…
Editorial: Give a hand to the bands (6/24/2020) - If you haven’t seen it yet, visit the Gloucester High School Marching Dukes’ page on Facebook and find the link to their YouTube video. In that video, the GHS band…
Letter: Now is the time to ‘let freedom ring’ (6/24/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: Yesterday my second great-grandchild was born; his name is Chance and I have been pondering about his chance for success in our nation. For years we’ve said to…
Letter: The red storm is coming (6/24/2020) - Politicians are sent to Washington to serve the people who elected them to enact and pass laws. Instead of compromising on important issues, they continue to decimate the rule of…
Letter: A friendly reminder (6/24/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: Hey, Mathews neighbors: This is a friendly reminder to please wear a mask when you go out. Don’t think of it as anything other than a way for…
Letter: Why wasn’t Gen. Lee hanged as a traitor? (6/24/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: It is popular for our bull-horned street leaders to shout that Gen. Robert E. Lee was a traitor and all his generals and soldiers were too. Because they…
Letter: Stealing history (6/24/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: For those of you who recall Dr. Seuss’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” there is a similarity between the events unfolding in our world and this childhood tale.…
Letter: A policy failure (6/24/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: Economic statistics published by the government have descended to the level of pure propaganda. Outright distortions of government data present a picture that the average American is incapable…
Letter: A thank you from the Teachers of the Year (6/24/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: We would like to express our thankfulness to the many local contributors who provided gifts to celebrate our recognition as “Teachers of the Year” at this past Mathews…
Editorial: For the community (6/17/2020) - We need the police. Recent weeks have brought spasms of outrage in the United States, over police brutality, over racism, over lingering symbols of the Confederacy, and this period has…
Editorial: Mosquito buster (6/17/2020) - A delight of summer is watching a field of corn growing, seemingly overnight, from tiny sprout to seven feet tall. Corn’s uses go far beyond fodder and cornbread. It may…
Letter: A message of unity (6/17/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: First, the Mathews County Board of Supervisors extends a thank you to all county citizens as we have collaborated together to do everything possible to create a safe…
Letter: Thanking the ‘Thin Blue Line’ (6/17/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: I was a soldier at one time, having served with the 82nd Airborne in Vietnam in 1968 during the Tet Offensive, and as such I know what combat…
Letter: A neighborly gesture (6/17/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: The storefront of our Mathews Historical Museum on Main Street has a terrific new look, thanks to some community-minded citizens! In 2018, Diana and Chris McDonald bought their…
Editorial: A job well done (6/11/2020) - Mathews High School graduation is done, and next up is GHS. The Dukes of 2020, regardless of COVID-19, will finish their incredible years of public education in a rolling wave…
Editorial: More perfect (6/11/2020) - “To form a more perfect union”: An English teacher would jump on the modifiers: Perfect, the teacher would say, cannot be improved. Our Founding Fathers went beyond the grammar. They…
Letter: Protests were inspirational (6/11/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: Congratulations to the organizers and participants who brought about peaceful protests in Gloucester last week. The local support for the Black Lives Matter movement—and conveying the message that…