Letters to the Editor

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Letter: Supporting high school productions helps build programs

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Three weeks ago, I saw the “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” musical at Cosby High School, at which I had a wonderful time. I just read “The curtain rises again: Monacan High troupe brings first post-pandemic musical to the stage” article (May 4), and as a rising high schooler, I’m thrilled that these talented students are able to get […]

Letter: Children with disabilities need more school resources

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The federal government has been making every attempt to improve the quality and performance of public education with policies such as the 2002 “No Child Left Behind” and the more recent 2015 “Every Student Succeeds Act.” Unfortunately, children with disabilities are getting the short end of the stick when it comes to their public education in Virginia. As a mother […]

Letter: Salty signs vs. young minds

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March 12 On one of those unseasonably warm winter days we’ve had this winter, my twin grandsons, age 10, were not happy to be stuck with their Nana when my daughter’s child care arrangements fell through. I hoped a round of good old-fashioned cookie-making might cheer them from this horrible predicament of being without their electronics all day. My plan […]

Letter: Virtual education has drawbacks

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March 11 Hello, I am writing in response to the article titled “The virtual future of CCPS: Next fall, Chesterfield opens its first stand-alone digital school,” published in your newspaper on March 9. The idea of a solely virtual school concerns me, with my main concern being isolation. An important part of school beyond education is teaching children proper social […]

Letter: Legislature’s budget shows imbalanced priorities

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Feb. 25 At this stage of the 2022 General Assembly, our elected officials are deciding how to use the money that we have entrusted with them. I have been disheartened by the spending priorities that both the House and Senate have expressed in their amendments to Virginia’s budget for the next two years. More than $100 million has been proposed […]

Letter: Youngkin order is divisive

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Feb. 23 I’m a bit annoyed with our new governor’s tactic of suggesting CRT is taught in our schools. Any well-informed citizen knows it’s not. Gov. Glenn Youngkin also suggested he’s against “divisiveness.” That executive order seemed designed to divide. My suggestion to the governor is: Let’s try governing and eschew the games. Virgil Franklin NORTH CHESTERFIELD

Letter: Kudos to Senate members for defending voting rights

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Feb. 23 Increased access to voting rights and the ballot box are an integral part of a functioning, healthy Democracy. This is why I’d like to applaud members of the Senate of Virginia who have voted to defeat attacks on voting rights this legislative session. Over the past couple years, Virginia’s passed necessary reforms to voting laws to make it […]

Letter: Charter schools bills challenge parents’ rights

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Who decides what our children learn in our public schools? This has been a big debate in Virginia over the past year. Even if we don’t agree on what should be taught in schools, I believe we all agree that the parents and the community should determine how they’re run and influence what is taught. After all, residents are public […]

Letter: Non-opioid alternatives needed for treating pain

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Juan Conde’s Jan. 12 article [“Rethinking pain management,” Jan. 12] highlighted a critical fact that is often overlooked in discussions of the opioid crisis in Virginia and nationwide: A broad array of safe, effective non-opioid alternatives are available for treating pain following a surgery. Opioids aren’t the only option. However, due in part to antiquated Medicare reimbursement policies, opioids remain […]

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