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Don't just complain, get active
I read the Readers’ Hotline to determine if misinformation exists that I may have to correct in my job.
Mostly, I hear negative comments from readers about the Hotline — a likely result of the generally negative content. Yet, it creates an engaging drama that attracts readers who support its existence.
Unfortunately, the Hotline hinders economic development and state support when business executives or Richmond policymakers read about our problems and bickering, leading to a poor community image.
Is the Hotline a true reflection of our people?
Let us focus on the positives that exist in the Twin Counties. We have not exported all our intelligence or talents. In each “bored teen,” “busy-body neighbor,” and “nosy old person,” exists the capacity to make this area better.
Active teens see value in the wisdom and experience of elders longing to share it or use their own talents to supply needs of less fortunate youth and adults.
“Busy-body” or “nosy” neighbors hold communities together by being genuinely concerned for others instead of seeking gossip.
If each of us sees the value in others, we’ll also find value in ourselves, strengths we didn’t know we had, and ways to make differences in our community.
How do you start?
Find a church, civic club, or mentoring program and get involved in the work they do for others, and just maybe we’ll all feel better about the condition of our great area — and change the Hotline, too.
Tournament time could be changed
I noticed that the recreation department is planning a flag football tournament beginning at 9 a.m. on a Sunday morning.
Sunday morning — this is the time when we should be in church.
I know this time frame could be changed. Please think about this.
Guy Russell Jr.
Be aware of voting deadlines
The election this year is historic and you have probably been flooded with more information than you want about it.
There are some deadlines you need to know if you wish to be active. The last day you can register to vote is Oct. 6.
If you have not voted in years, check your voter status with a voter registrar or get someone to check on online for you with the Virginia State Board of Elections. You can also print out your absentee voter application there.
The deadline to apply for absentee ballot is Oct. 28 by mail, or Nov. 1 in person at a registrar’s office.
I am voting for Obama because of his ability to communicate with our people and with those around the world.
I like his training, intelligence and judgment. I like his views on healthcare. I feel he can lift our country up again financially and he can gain respect for us with the countries of the world.
It is not often that a person of his stature steps forward and offers to lead us. I am not putting his opponent down. I am choosing Obama.
Call me if you have questions, (276) 744-7814.
Mary Lily Nuckolls
Independents have tough choice
On rare occasions a few of us nonconformists, free thinkers and independent voters will tolerate each other long enough to compare notes and debate the world of politics, hemorrhoid remedies, fertilizer choices and, most recently, lipstick applications.
After a few good laughs we agreed on the fact that we, as minority voters, are not always represented or properly appreciated.
Another disappointment is the number of elected officials who seem to feel free to either pursue the party line, make concessions to the ole boy network, impose their personal agendas, or surrender to the temptation of deep pocketed power brokers rather than listening to the hearts and minds of their constituency.
We also bear witness to the fact that every election season we are subjected to a bombardment of mud slinging initiated by many of those seeking office and their entourage.
The zealous pitchmen will make sure that we are repeatedly exposed to their candidates’ better qualities, big smiles, and happy families.
However, flaunting their opponents’ shortcomings can create the irony of providing additional notoriety to the targeted adversary.
Many voters may choose early, while most free thinkers are forced to sift through the fertilizer seeking acceptable redeeming qualities.
We recommend keeping an eye on all the mud slinging and dirty tricks, plus think about giving stronger consideration to individuals that either sling the least amount of mud, or are primary targets of the more dedicated muckrakers.
We also noticed the number of voters who feel inadequate without someone to advise them as to a satisfactory choice.
Naturally, a few self-appointed spokesmen will feel dutyee'bound to step in and herd these sheep into the appropriate categories.
To all the free thinkers that follow politics and try to take the world seriously, I would recommend aspirins and antacids.