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Editor
Northern Virginia Daily

Sir:

I too speak for several as did Sharon Kindall of Front Royal (letter, July 3 issue).
I am writing to say how very disappointed I was to never see a section in this newspaper of the 2010 graduates. (All of them) As long as I can remember you have always published the graduates' pictures from our local schools.

Praise goes to the Free Press because it was the only newspaper who did this.

All the stories you had about some of the graduates were very good, but they were not the only ones to graduate. It seems if you were not an athlete or honor student, you never got mentioned. Many of these graduates really struggled to do so and deserve a little recognition.

Congratulations, 2010 graduates.

GLORIA SPITLER
129 Coffmantown Road
Woodstock
July 5, 2010

Editor
Northern Virginia Daily

Sir:

Aiding and abetting rouges and traitors in celebrating their exploits terrorizing our nation, with their followers claiming their heroism; as they and their opponents remain victims radiating despair unto this day.

Witness this day's paper (June 7) honoring so-called "General Robert E. Lee and his Lieutenants" with narrative and pictures, as "This is living history." "So mote it be," but tell the truth.

Lee is a traitor, as all his followers. Why go into re-enacting stories of battlefields covered with human blood that must be preserved for all generations? How stupid, how sad that your daily paper condones such as acceptable "truth in history." Damn it, stop it.

This writer, as the grandson, just finished a mostly true-to-life story of grandfather: Daniel L. Bryant, Georgia Pvt., Co. F, 50 Regt., Georgia Infantry, Confederate States Army. Enlisted April 28, 1862, in the Army of the Confederacy of Northern Virginia; was wounded Sept. 14, 1862, captured by Feds, exchanged for prisoner, resumed fighting until surrendering at High Bridge, Va., again taken prisoner April 6,1865. Grandpa told me that he was not "a hero, but a victim" as are all soldiers and civil beneficiaries of war.

Isn't it time that we quit denying and dying under the guise of justice and goodness for wars, that has become goofiness and costly to maintain and remove from use valuable lands that are kept for telling such terrible killings?

Editor, seek and know the truth, and it will set you free in declaring justice, instead of harboring traitorous lies with deceit, by declaring rightness sought in the press, pulpit and classroom even though we both may become unpopular?

Hear Confederate Col. John S. Mosby, "We went to war on account of the thing we quarreled with the North about. I never heard of any other cause of quarrel than slavery. Men fight from sentiment. After the fight is over they invent some fanciful theory on which they imagine that they fight."

CHARLES C. WHITfield
312 Logan Circle
Woodstock
June 9, 2010

Editor
Northern Virginia Daily

Sir:

Thank you, Eugene Tewalt, for having the nerve to tell the people of Front Royal the truth about the useless, self-serving, disgusting members of the Front Royal Town Council, with the exception of maybe one.

Thank you for continuing what you were trying to say in spite of Tom Sayre's attempts to cut you off. It makes me wonder what his motives are. Really I have always wondered.

JUNE CULLERS
346 W. 11th St.
Front Royal
July 2, 2010

Editor
Northern Virginia Daily

Sir:

I wonder how many people have been to the emergency room at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital and had to spend in excess of five hours or more to be seen.

I know that not all cases would be deemed an "emergency," but I have seen some really sick people wait for what seemed like forever. There is only one physician on duty at a time and when the E.R. is packed, I have heard people say, "Why can't there be more than one doctor here when there are so many patients to be seen?" I myself have wondered about that too.

This county is not getting any smaller, yet we don't seem to be keeping up with the times. Rockingham Memorial Hospital has what is called "fast track" for people who are not in a life-threatening emergency but need help.

I know that there are some people who come in who probably shouldn't, but, for example, what about the ones who need the help or who have an infant who is running a fever and can't get it under control and maybe they are first-time parents and get frightened and decide it is better safe than sorry or couldn't get a doctor's appointment for another week.

Maybe we should have a similar program as Rockingham County hospital or maybe someone could think of something better.

Just wanted to get some other people's thoughts on this as the way things are since it is obvious that we need a change.

I am by know means being derogatory to Shenandoah Memorial or its staff. This is just my opinion.

Barbara Miller
12417 Supinlick Ridge Road
Edinburg
July 12, 2010

Editor
Northern Virginia Daily

Sir:

Thank you for publishing Bob Lowerre's masterpiece of sarcasm (letter, July 3 issue). I agree wholeheartedly. In fact, I have voted only for Democrats at all levels since becoming eligible to vote more than 70 years ago. Why? Because it is the party of the working man.

Read what A. Lincoln, admirable American, had to say about labor: "Inasmuch as most good things are produced by labor, it follows that all such things ought to belong to those whose labor produced them. But it has happened in all ages of the world that some have labored and others, without labor, have enjoyed a large proportion of the fruits. This is wrong and should not continue. To secure to each laborer this whole product of his labor as nearly as possible is a worthy object of any good government" (from First Annual Message to Congress, Dec. 3, 1861).

At age 12, I asked my dad to let me quit Sunday school. He asked why. We lived on a farm in the Missouri Ozarks at the time and I told him I could not believe the story of Noah and the ark, for example. I got permission and have been an atheist ever since -- a third-generation atheist incidentally.

But that simply means only that I do not believe in a god. There is absolutely no evidence for one. Unfortunately, there is no evidence for an afterlife either.

I would now ask Lowerre to use his considerable writing talents to help wipe out religion (Christianity). I see more harm than good in it. There are truthful, natural, less costly alternative practices. Secular humanism is one.

Col. A.R. Gordon Jr.
U.S. Air Force Retired
1725 Commonwealth Drive E. Front Royal
July 13, 2010

Editor
Northern Virginia Daily

Sir:

In response to two recent articles (June 24 and 28 issues) by Ben Orcutt about an area resident's standoff with police at a local church:

Unfortunately, the ability to provide seamless health care throughout the progression of a mental illness has been seriously compromised by significant budget cuts to organizations like Northwestern Community Services. As Northwestern Community Services' (NWCS) Executive Director Buddy Hall stated in the June 28 article, they "... can't be everything to everybody."

The road of mental health care has gaps and holes in it, making it extremely difficult, confusing and alienating for residents with mental illness and their families to navigate.
I would encourage individuals with mental illness and their families to have hope and know that they are not alone. There are organizations in our area trying to help bridge some of the gaps and help residents navigate the mental health services road. NWCS is one such organization, whose team is doing a remarkable job with the resources they have.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is another organization trying to help bridge the gaps. NAMI provides free education and support groups for individuals and with mental illness and their families.

Starting in September, NAMI is hosting two classes in our area. One is for adults with mental illness and the other is for family members and care-givers of adults with mental illness.

For information about these classes and about support groups in our area, contact the NAMI Winchester affiliate at 533-1832, e-mail namiwinchester@live.com or visit our website, www.namiwinchester.org.

Ami Mitchell
Program Director
NAMI Winchester
P.O. Box 4550
Winchester
July 14, 2010


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