Courier-Record Readers Express Their Opinions

Dems’ strategy hurts Americans

Dear Sir:

The Democrat Party is obviously quite desperate to win the upcoming election by shifting so far to the radical left for Socialism and even parts of Communism with Sen. Bernie Sanders in the lead.

Their game plan is to beat Trump by...hurting our National economy!

That’s why they’re fully supporting the anarchy against our cities, by wellpaid thugs from Antifa and BLM. The billionaires George Soros and Mike Bloomberg are providing funds for that purpose.

This anarchy is putting Americans out of jobs by destroying small businesses, and work in larger buildings also is being destroyed. That damages our economy and shows an unbelievable disregard for the people losing their jobs, and thus unable to support their own families. The national unemployment rate is rising and is exactly what the Dems want to happen.

It’s important to understand that all the cities in our country that are being attacked and destroyed are run by Democratic mayors and governors, who are ignoring what’s happening... in compliance with direction from the so-called leaders of the once great Democratic Party!

None of the Republican red states are having this same problem. It should be obvious that the leaders of those states care very much about the rights and welfare of the people there.

CAPT Ron Pyle USN (ret)

Suffolk, formerly of Brunswick County

Democrats about to ruin America

Dear Sir:

Load-up with all the weapons and ammo you can muster because the crazy Democrats don’t believe in proper law enforcement, the rule of law, or property rights.

To wit: the taking away of guns of the St. Louis couple and not charging the protesters/rioters, who destroyed their property by breaking down their front gate and threatening them.

The Democrat-controlled cities say the chaos in Seattle and Chicago is unrelated, but yet if you dare go to any city (mostly controlled by Democrats) before the latest uprisings, there were legions of sidewalk idle and non-working young people -- many of them by choice and crack heads -- looking for trouble.

These so-called “nonviolent” protesters are, in many cases, children and grandchildren of the anarchists and criminals this country had in the 1960s and ‘70s.

Go ahead, sports teams. Take a knee at the beginning of games with whatever song will now be played. Hope you have fun playing, because there’s alternative entertainment.

Build that wall. Without it, we would have had more pandemics/viruses and more drugs.

So, it’s “not precedent” to send the Feds into cities or other areas? How about when George Washington responded to the Whiskey Rebellion in PA, Lincoln invaded the South, and Eisenhower put the National Guard under Federal control and sent the 101st Airborne Div. to Little Rock, Arkansas?

Also, the Feds investigated the Mississippi freedom fighter disappearances in 1964, and 400 U.S. sailors joined in looking for the three bodies finally found in an earthen dam.

Richmond’s Monument Avenue and other areas will now have junk art such as the fictitious “Rumors of War” (Rider with “Dreadful” locks and tattered jeans on a horse). Since the activists (fortunately only a minority of our population) are raising Holy Hell about practically everything, then the rest of us are expected to have no police or say-so in how the country is run. That’s only to be expected to make-up for bringing the malcontents here in the first place. Being shrill and hostile really works for the anarchists and the Black Lives Matter bunch, so maybe the silent majority ought to try it.

The State of Virginia has closed most of its juvenile correctional centers and when they do lock them up at Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center, they also commit the felons between 18 and 21. At age 21, they’re sent to adult prisons. Wonder if the Gen. Assembly ever thought of locking up those over 18 in adult facilities?

When the Democrats place social workers in charge of law enforcement, they should keep in mind that a social worker with three-inch high heels fell off the curb at Bon Air and threatened to sue the State. You couldn’t find a social worker at Bon Air for a while because they all went to the City of Richmond for higher salaries.

Did you hear? A fellow went to get tested for Coronavirus 19 and left the line because it was too long. He had filled-out preliminary paper work, and his COVID test results came back Positive. Additionally, kits being manufactured test positive before even being administered. It’s all about keeping us shut down until after the election. And lookout for the mail-in voting fraud.

Jim Harris, Chester

Constitutional Party

North Chesterfield

Passage that can help all of us

Dear Sir:

This week I read the book Educated by Tara Westover. I was struck by a passage in which she reflected on her brother’s racism:

“I had finally begun to grasp something that should have been immediately apparent: that someone had opposed the great march toward equality: someone had been the person from whom freedom had to be wrested.

“I did not think of my brother as that person: I doubt I will ever think of him that way. But something had shifted nonetheless. I had started on a path of awareness, had perceived something elemental about my brother, my father, myself.

“I had discerned the way in which we had been sculpted by a tradition given to us by others, a tradition of which we were either willfully or accidentally ignorant.

“I had begun to understand that we had lent our voices to a discourse whose sole purpose was to dehumanize and brutalize others — because nurturing that discourse was easier, because retaining power always feels like the way forward.”

In recent weeks, unrest throughout our nation has forced each one of us to reflect on our ideas of self and others and how we have contributed to the injustices that we see around us in our community and our state, nation, and world, as well as what we may do to correct these injustices.

Debate over what to do about the tribute to Confederate soldiers at the courthouse is an example of this. I hope many ponder this passage from Educated and let it guide their attitude toward resolving this and many other thorny issues.

Tracey Jones, MD

Dinwiddie County

USA still best in the world!

Dear Sir:

Here’s to America, thank you!

You can whine and complain all you want, but you go somewhere else in the world and see how you make it!

A generation taught to hate the country will refuse to defend it. This is for us all -- black white, yellow, not sure -- all of us!

Remember the movie “Independence Day?”

I love my country!

Democrats and Republicans, we’re in this mess together.

Frank Hostettler

Mill Road


Are you a Christian?

Dear Sir:

Last week’s front page gave a snapshot of just how divided these “united” states are.

My opinion of the Confederate monument issue means absolutely nothing, but to the 76% of Americans who claim to be Christians, I ask you to consider the following -- from Philippians 2 -- in the light of knowing the monuments are offensive to some in the family of God:

“Therefore, if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from His love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus, who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to His own advantage; rather, He made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant.”

Greg Marston

Melody Lane


Time to turn those channels

Dear Sir:

Just a note to your readers! Probably most people in our rural area tend to watch some of the “main” news channels -- including the Richmond area programming.

Most of those large networks tend to report biased, liberally-slanted views (in my opinion).

Since subscribing to Fox News channels, I find their news broadcasts to be TOTALLY different, with facts to back-up their news stories. I would recommend that more people watch their programs between now and November 3rd. It will give you something with which to compare the “fake” news that you’ve been watching for years I watch NO other news broadcasts. Just a suggestion.

Rick Whitmore

South Hill Road


Let’s be accurate about slavery

Dear Sir:

In a recent Forum letter, Stuart Cardwell says that states of the Confederacy seceded because “they were overwhelmed by taxes and tariffs imposed by the government of Lincoln.”

That has to be false because the Confederate states seceded before there even was a “government of Lincoln.”

Lincoln was elected on November 6, 1860 -- but not inaugurated until March 4, 1861. South Carolina seceded on December 20, 1860. Additional states followed suit in January and February of 1861, before the inaugural.

Similarly, an op-ed column by Ann Hoover claims that the “real” issues between North and South did not pertain to slavery at all, but were actually political and economic. This attempt to sweep slavery under the rug is not valid. That’s because slavery was at the heart of the political and economic differences between North and South.

The legislatures of Georgia, South Carolina, Mississippi, and Texas produced documents declaring their reasons for secession, at the time that they seceded. Their declarations are good sources regarding the Confederate point of view. Conveniently, a website about battlefields has collected all of these declarations onto one page at:

In reviewing these four declarations, I’ve found no support for the views of Ms. Hoover or Mr. Cardwell. None of the declarations make any mention of tariffs, but all of them have a lot to say about how the North was threatening the institution of slavery.

Slavery was a horrible evil that shouldn’t be shrugged off or swept under the rug. Those who are not honest about that brutal fact can’t expect to be accorded any credibility by the rest of us.

Jim Cox

Edmonds Lane


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