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My compliments and encouragement to the management of Central Virginia Electric Cooperative for their efforts to bring clean, renewable solar energy to its customers. It is refreshing to know that we consumer owners, our environment, and our health dictate CVEC’s long term strategies. I am pleased that we electric users in Fluvanna County are served by a not for profit, public cooperative that has the advantage of focusing on these needs rather than by a private utility whose sole motivating force is short term shareholder profit.
John Wilkinson, 
Palmyra


Cormier for Lake Board of Directors
Historically, most good leaders started as those who best served their communities and, as a result, their neighbors asked them to serve at a higher level. This is the community leader that I know Larry Cormier to be.

Larry spent a career at Dominion Power working his way up from a young helper, to leading hundreds of men and women and, after many years, retired from that same company. When his spiritual life grew, by his nature Larry worked to spread the blessings by not only serving as a teacher and on church council as chair, but he and his wife Paula moved to Africa for a year to work as missionaries. Today he serves as a very active volunteer for Meals on Wheels, Habitat for Humanity and here at the Lake, on the golf committee. Larry is a doer, a worker. A first sign of his leadership typically comes from him being the first to pick up one end. He is a man of integrity, if he says it you can believe it. But still with such strong qualities, he is always humble with a warm smile, and a big heart.

I grew up at Lake Monticello, I raised my family here and I suspect at some point, my grandchildren will live here. I hope to protect what we have while seeing positive changes for our future and I believe that Larry is the perfect candidate to help make these things happen. If you live at Lake Monticello, won’t you please join me on June 25 at the Lake fire house, 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. to vote for Larry Cormier as our next Board of Directors member?
Chris Fairchild, 
Lake Monticello

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Virginia’s 5th Congressional District is a large, diverse region that represents bustling, affluent communities to the north which sharply contrast with areas to the south that have suffered considerable losses and high unemployment with the decline in tobacco farming and the closing of furniture and textile industries.

Jane Dittmar, realizing the current Congressman was not addressing such problems, decided to run for this office so she could apply her energy, experience, and knowledge to serving, not just some of the economic, political, and social groups in the 5th District, but everyone of every age who lives here.

Jane Dittmar resides in Albemarle County with her husband, Frank Squillace, and their six children. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in economics and also attended UVa.’s Darden School of Education’s Executive Program and the Virginia Center for Public Administration. Furthermore, she is a Virginia Supreme Court certified mediator for both general district and circuit courts. Just imagine how valuable her mediation skills would be in the battleground known as the U.S. Congress!

She has previously owned several small businesses and was the president and CEO of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce from 1992-2000. She also served as chair of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors.

An estimated 283,860 people in Virginia’s 5th District are without broadband Internet service. Many of us take this technology for granted. However, those without broadband do not have valuable access to basic information, telemedicine, emergency services, and online job searches. Education is designed to prepare our children for the future, but students who do not have Internet access at home will surely struggle to succeed in school and beyond.

Jane Dittmar has a vision for the 5th District to connect all of its people to each other and to federal resources, modern infrastructure, and access to affordable broadband service that will greatly improve the ability to get a proper education and search for employment.

Jane Dittmar is the type of person Virginia and the U.S. Congress need! Please go to her website at http://janeforcongress.com to learn more about this caring, qualified candidate.

Jeannine “JJ” Towler,

Charlottesville

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As the presidential primary process rounds its final lap let's pause and examine what's at stake. I ask each and every potential voter: Who denies climate change on an entirely new level? Whose carbon footprint stomps down like no other candidate with his private jet returning to New York after each performance? Who has vowed to cancel our participation in the Paris climate accord?  Well, it's Donald Trump.

As the presumptive Republican Party nominee for the presidency, Donald Trump has been called many things:  a vulgarian, a threat to our democracy, a modern day Caligula and most of all, an egomaniac who cares first and foremost about himself. If Trump was only an invention, he would be easily dismissed as a wild exaggeration. If he was an unruly bully, he would be suspended from school and sent home. But as a candidate for the most powerful head of state in the world, Trump would be an environmental nightmare gone wrong. Why unleash on the world the worst of what America represents?

In April, the Mauna Loa Observatory, which monitors atmospheric carbon dioxide, recorded a daily reading of 409.3 parts per million. That is a level of atmospheric carbon dioxide content that this planet has not seen for the last 15 million years. A goal in last year's climate talks in Paris is to keep global temperatures from rising above two degrees Celsius, a threshold level not to be crossed according to climate scientists the world over. Showing just how monumental this task has become are these recent statistics: every hour of every day 3.7 million barrels of oil are extracted from the Earth, 932,000 tons of coal are removed from the Earth, 395 million cubic meters of natural gas are pumped from the Earth and 4.1 million tons of carbon dioxide are put into the Earth's atmosphere.

It's time we consider voting like our future depends on it.

Julius Neelley, Lake Monticello

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I am writing this letter because some kids thought it would be fun to do some vandalizing and terrify home owners at The Villages at Nahor. I evidently was the victim who suffered the vandalism. Two windows were shattered costing a huge amount of money.

The others neighbors had their doorbells rung and doors pounded in the middle of the night. These incidents happened May 21 and May 24 somewhere between midnight and 2 in the morning. This is not funny. Senior citizens shouldn’t have to live in fear because teens have no better things to do and do not have moral parental upbringing.

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They tell us we are wasting our time, their minds are made up, and they are making it happen. This is what we are getting from the current Lake Monticello Owners’ Association Board of Directors. They are stonewalling the homeowners who have legitimate concerns regarding the Board’s plans to build a second silt transfer and barge docking site at the beautiful and serene Beach 2. They are ignoring our concerns at both their board meeting’s member comment times, and our emails. Who is looking out for the members? And for what? What are the benefits of this second silt docking and transfer site? There are none. Add a comment

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