Editor’s note: This letter refers to an editor’s note called “Popular or not, we print the news.”

Keep up the good work
I don’t live or work in Fluvanna County but I did pick up the Jan. 12 edition of the paper and read your editor’s note. Your comments about respect, civility and decency in communicating one’s opinions are absolutely on the mark. Racially-charged and/or obscene language, name-calling, and smearing someone’s reputation only further polarizes a society that is already dangerously so. Such language is only destructive and does not speak well of us as a society based on freedom of the press, of religion, of speech. I wish we could celebrate the fact that we have such freedoms rather than using them to denigrate and insult others. But some people will use vile language that they would never dare use face-to-face. That is nothing but cowardice.

I am deeply, deeply saddened by a growing anger, intolerance and foulness that seem to be permeating our society these days so I just want you to know that I admire and support your stand. It must be disheartening to be on the receiving end of crude and insensitive remarks when you’re just trying to do a fair job. As the Aussies say, “Good on ya!” Keep up the good work and know that there are still a lot of decent people out here – it’s just that we’re not quite as verbal as our outraged fellow citizens. Maybe we should be.

You, madam, are what this country is all about. So I thank you for being willing to take on the job of reporting the news and in the process becoming the target of some disgruntled citizens.

Christine Bendas
Ruckersville

Defending veterans’ care and benefits
As a veteran, I write this letter to warn citizens about President Donald Trump’s recent government-wide hiring freeze that will have serious effects on the quality of care and benefits our nation’s veterans receive. Veterans in Louisa and Fluvanna Counties, and across Central Virginia, rely on VA facilities and services to access critical support and help in applying to federal jobs. Across the country delay of benefits was the cause for the death of many veterans.

Veterans’ care remains uncertain. It is our obligation as this country promised to provide the care and resources due to our veterans for defending our country. That’s why I ask every citizen in Louisa and Fluvanna Counties to contact our U.S. Senators Tim Kaine at 202-224-4024 and Mark Warner at 202-224-2023, and our U.S. Congressmen Thomas Garrett at 202-225-4711 and David Brat at 202-225-2815, to express your deep concern for our nation’s veterans and urging the president to reconsider this ill-advised policy.

We owe a deep debt of gratitude to veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice, and as a veteran I will continue to work tirelessly to ensure our veterans receive the benefits they have earned, and you should too.

Melvin Burruss
Louisa