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Her article in the Oct. 16 issue of the Fluvanna Review on page 22, was one of the best and most creative narratives to come along in quite a while. This clever and thoroughly entertaining collection of Ghost Tales with a good dose of history thrown in, was completely believable with just the right amount of scary. We were transported back in time.
I especially liked the line “the bullet that singed the sister-in-law’s eyebrows,” a picture painted with words!  Kudos to Ruth.

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Since our current representative in Congress has voted innumerable times to cancel the Affordable Care Act, (40 plus times), proving he is opposed to providing health care for hundreds of thousands of poor people and many of those who have fallen on hard times because of medical bills, I believe it’s time for a change for the 5th District. Mr. Hurt is not only opposed to the ACA but he and his party offer no alternative plan which further proves his opposition to health care for the uninsured. It would seem he just wants the whole matter to just go away. That is not going to happen. It is working.
President Obama had the courage to put forth this bill, not perfect I understand, but a needed protection and coverage for the poor and those with pre-existing conditions who could not get any coverage or could only get insurance at unaffordable costs. As many know, the other very important feature of this bill is that parents can include their children up to age 26 on their policies.
Every other first world country and many, many third world countries provide health care for their citizens. Here we are the richest country in the world and we’re reluctant to act out our moral responsibilities to the poor. We’re still wasting time arguing about it in Congress.
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I am writing in support of Sheriff Eric Hess in his election to sheriff of Fluvanna County.
Sheriff Hess has been a part of the Fluvanna County Sheriff’s department for nine years and is very familiar with the people of the county, the roads, the schools, the courts, and the history of our county. He has worked beside the other deputies of our county and knows their strengths and weaknesses.
Sheriff Hess has developed a plan to combat Internet crime and fraud, increase community policing and enhance the school resource officer program. He has experience with the basics of a rural sheriff’s office such as serving papers or the responsibilities in the court system. He has also served as the chief deputy in Fluvanna County. He understands the ins and outs of our county through his work in our sheriff’s office as opposed to work in a police department which is quite different in scope.
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Why am I voting for Mark Belew? And why do I think you should too? I have known Mark since he was nine years old, first as a student in my fourth grade classroom, then as an engaging young man who knew where he wanted his life to go, and now as a man who cares deeply about the county in which he was born and raised. I want to see Fluvanna County move forward and I feel strongly that Mark Belew is the man to do that. He is focused and motivated to improve the operations of our sheriff’s office and his wealth of law enforcement experience will enable him to do so. He has goals in mind and steps laid out with which to meet these goals. He has worked in many areas of law enforcement from security at UVA to Albemarle County detective. He is also a U.S. federal marshal. In the Albemarle County Police Department he has been responsible for implementing a program pertaining to crimes against children and greatly improved the system under which a child is interviewed once abuse has been reported. He also leads the department of Internet crimes against children and has often been responsible for obtaining federal grants and monies for Albemarle County that have not been sought in Fluvanna.
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If there were one elective office in which partisan political endorsements should be wholly discounted, it’s for the position of sheriff. What I hope would most influence voters in Fluvanna County is a candidate’s law enforcement experience, his reputation, leadership qualities, and programmatic and people management skills. Sheriff Eric Hess fits the bill.
As one who’s served in law enforcement for three decades, first as a police officer, then as an FBI agent, lastly as an assistant special agent in-charge of the Bureau’s New York Division, I believe that Sheriff Hess deserves to be elected. He’s earned it. His role as chief deputy prior to assuming the position of sheriff proved that he could handle the job, and handle it well. The last year or so in which he has served as sheriff effectively demonstrated that he is more than up to the job.
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