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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…
Letter: What does rioting accomplish? (6/11/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: One watched with horror the destruction of American cities by torching, looting and mayhem. Yes, the murder of a black man, on the ground in handcuffs, by a…
Letter: America in crisis (6/11/2020) - Editor, Gazette Journal: As we battle a global pandemic and face a national crisis from rioters and looters, we would all be wise to remember how important our educational system…
Letter: Wishes for health, and justice (6/11/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: As many of our seniors, I too have been in a stay-at-home mode since March 12 (except for moving to a little house in Mathews Court House area).…
Letter: Renewing hope for racial justice (6/11/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: Over the past few days I have participated in four marches for racial justice—two in Gloucester, one in Middlesex, and one in Mathews. Each had its own personality,…
Letter: A prayer for all of us (6/11/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: With the recent time we have just endured with fires and chaos engulfing our great cities, I would like to offer this prayer for us all. May we…
Letter: GMCC online auction a success (6/11/2020) - Editor, Gazette-Journal: The Casino Night Planning Committee and the Board of Directors wish to express our deep-felt thanks to all those that supported the GMCC Casino Night Online Auction: Safer…