Dogs a growing risk in county

I write this letter in appreciation for the sweet town of Schuyler. It is a gem.

That being said, I have to report the unfortunate fact that I was bitten quite badly by a dog that was not under control. Schuyler’s peaceful way of life is being diminished by dogs not kept under control. I believe it is greatly important that dog owners be aware of their pets’ disposition and keep animals within the confines of their property.

If I had not been agile enough to escape this particular dog, I might not be here to write this letter.



Thanks for chance to serve

To the residents of Nelson County, it is with great regret that I have resigned from my position as a member of the Nelson County School Board representing the Central District, to take effect Aug. 1. My wife and I have contemplated moving closer to our family in the Richmond area for some time, and we have finally made the decision to relocate to Manakin-Sabot which is in eastern Goochland County, near Short Pump.

It has been an honor and a privilege to serve on the board since my initial election in September 2012. I believe that we have made great progress during that time to improve the quality of learning for the students we serve. We have very good schools and hard working leaders, faculty and staff. As always, there are challenges and opportunities for growth and improvement.

A school division cannot get better with the ongoing support of the community. I encourage our residents to take an active interest in our schools. It does not matter whether you have children (grandchildren) who are enrolled here or not. As a career educator, I believe that preparing our young people for the future is the most important work we can do.

Nelson County has been a wonderful place to live since we moved here in 1997 to serve as principal of Nelson County High School. It is difficult to pack our bags and move from this very special place with very special people, but we are close and I am sure we will be back.



Talk of climate and war

First, a couple of climate-related matters to put to rest.

It appears as though the much-touted and very complicated Democratic presidential debates will not get very involved with the most pressing issue of the times, climate change. The Democratic Party leadership seemingly has already conceded the climate debate to the greed of the fossil fuel companies. The Democratic leadership should recognize that this will make them just another impediment to the youth and other concerned citizens who sincerely believe in the battle to keep the planet a place for human habitation. If the public ignores the debates, maybe the polluters will tune in.

No move toward impeachment, no climate debate. Do we even have a second political party? It doesn’t seem so.

Second, the planet has voted with a record melt of Greenland’s ice the other week coupled with record lows of both Arctic and Antarctic sea ice levels. In addition, this past week, dozens of people in India died of heatstroke as that country bakes in unseasonably hot temperatures. India’s record drought has caused millions of refugees destabilizing the planet’s most populous country.

The hot air of politics filtered into Nelson County last week as another commenter to this paper made excuses to deprive other Americans of their presidential vote.

We all know the United States is a republic; we vote for representatives and senators that will represent us in the legislative branch of the government. But that is no reason that the winner of the national popular vote in the presidential election cannot be the president. Any other result destroys the one person, one vote principle which should be the American ideal.

I strongly suspect that these folks who are defending this unjust part of the American electoral process would be literally up in arms if it was the present dictator wanna-be who was deprived of the presidency by the Electoral College vote. President Trump prepared the ground for a popular uprising before the 2016 election should it have gone the other way, and I have no reason to believe he’ll concede if he wins the popular vote but loses the Electoral College vote in 2020. The Electoral College is an embarrassing relic of our slaveholding past and should be discarded as soon as possible.

Internationally, the United States is painting itself into a nasty corner with Iran. Blaming last week’s tanker attacks on Iran based on a grainy video of a small boat alongside a big boat is rather ludicrous. I can remember President Lyndon Johnson blaming the North Vietnamese for imaginary torpedo attacks that cost the U.S. billions of dollars and more than 50,000 troops and did incalculable damage to Vietnam in both lives and physical damage.

Will chickenhawks Mike Pompeo and John Bolton get us to repeat the mistake in the Middle East? I wonder if they are not pushing for a U.S. war with Iran solely to support the price of U.S. crude oil which doesn’t have to pass through the Persian Gulf?

Republican (and Democratic warmongers) have shown for decades that they consider the thousands they slaughter to support U.S. corporate desires to be just collateral damage. I’m pleased that so far not a single enlightened government on the planet seems ready to join us in another inhuman war.

Finally, so long Sarah Saunders. You have been nothing but a back-up liar for the president. You will not be missed by anyone who cares for this country.



‘We the People’ under assault

Benjamin Franklin’s phrase, “A republic, madam, if you can keep it,” silently resonates throughout our Constitution. The evil ways of politicians to achieve power were recognized even in 1781. The Constitution, in the assignment of political power, balanced the ability of the people to express both liberal and conservative interpretations of the Constitution and the cost of legislation through representation in the House of Representatives and, retained the supreme political power of the sovereign states in the Senate. The election of the President through an Electoral College process, further affirmed the states’ authority of leadership.

We the people, in 1913, allowed politicians to destroy the respective purposes of the Congressional Chambers, and now see before us the attempt to completely void the concept of a nation governed by its people. The efforts of the “Inner Party,” to defeat President Trump in 2020 can be seen in the clandestine efforts in the state legislatures to have sufficient states approving the “National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.”

At presen,t 15 states and the District of Columbia have signed the Compact into law. They are California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington. Together, they represent 196 votes in the Electoral College.

Ten additional states have the compact before their respective legislatures. They are Arkansas, Arizona, Georgia, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina and Oklahoma. They represent 107 Electoral College votes.

Residents of each state vote for president in accord with their state’s Electoral College election rules. These votes are ignored when the state ratifies the compact, as it then has pledged to give all of it’s Electoral College votes to the national popular vote winner thus, circumventing the purpose of the Constitutionally prescribed Electoral College-based election. The last vestige of a nation governed by its people, the presidential election, is under assault.



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