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Editor’s note: This letter references an editor’s note published Jan. 12 regarding the community’s reaction to a story on the arrest of a former teacher.

Editor’s note provided public service

I am delighted to see that the editor of this newspaper not only printed a news story that she carefully considered to be newsworthy, but that she also stuck to her constitutional rights to stand by that story in the face of what sounds like a tsunami of criticism.

Better yet, the editor went to the trouble to make a lesson out of her decision and to explain it to her readers. As a former journalist and column writer and, more importantly, as a journalism teacher who taught responsible journalism for nearly four decades, I believe that the Fluvanna Review offered a genuine public service and I commend them for it.

I sincerely hope that the local high school and middle schools used this opportunity as a teaching tool, one that would be appropriate for distinct ages, although the First Amendment pretty well covers all ages.

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Happy Face surpasses goal
The spirit of giving is alive and well in Fluvanna! It was a joy to experience the teamwork and spirit of giving at Happy Face on Saturday, Dec. 3 at Central Elementary School.  From Fork Union Military Academy cadets to church groups to local vendors and warm-hearted citizens, many volunteers worked together in conjunction with the Fluvanna Christian Service Society to put on a fantastic event for nearly 150 families across Fluvanna County.

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Outsource Lake snow removal
Something stinks at Lake Monticello. Every year when it snows I have to call and perform to get my street plowed. If I don’t call, it doesn’t get done. Our dues keep going up and services go down. Granted, these things keep getting more expensive and price-wise out of our control. This latest storm had everyone prepared but not at the Lake. By the end of the evening the roads outside the Lake were fine. Maybe it’s time to outsource snow removal? The only things that seem to get done properly have been outsourced.

Anne Branigan
Lake Monticello


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Seize unique voting opportunity
Support law enforcement. This is a popular slogan. For those of us who have been saying these words, we have a chance to prove our support on Jan. 10. That is the day of the special election for our vacancy in the Virginia Senate.

Ryant Washington is a candidate for that office. He is a local law enforcement officer and a former sheriff of Fluvanna County. Mr. Washington needs our support, and so does Virginia. The Virginia legislature does not have any former sheriffs currently serving. What a unique opportunity we have to help put one in office.

Mr. Washington is the only candidate for this position with a long and distinguished record of leadership in public service. He has successfully held elective as well as appointed positions. Mr. Washington is a proven leader whose law enforcement success helped convince my wife and me and many of our neighbors to move to this county which has a history of low crime rates. While many men and women in law enforcement, other public services, and the local citizenry deserve credit for that accomplishment, ultimately the leader of the sheriff’s department is in the position of highest accountability.

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Elect Ryant Washington
The November presidential election may be behind us, but for Fluvanna residents a very important special election takes place on Jan. 10.  A vacancy in Virginia’s 22nd Senate District was created when the incumbent Tom Garrett won a seat representing Virginia’s 5th district in the U.S. House of Representatives.

For residents of Fluvanna, there is no better candidate to fill that vacancy than our own Ryant Washington. Washington’s public service goes back to 1990 when he first began his career in law enforcement. With experience as a Virginia state trooper, Fluvanna County deputy sheriff and later as sheriff, Washington knows how to manage the challenges facing our public safety efforts.

In addition to public safety, Washington’s experience on the Fluvanna Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors helped him to understand the challenges faced by small businesses in a rural area. He is committed to making Virginia a place where current businesses want to remain and new ones are attracted.

I could easily go on, but suffice it to say, Ryant Washington, your Fluvanna County neighbor, knows more about the needs of Fluvanna and has had more experience addressing those needs than his opponent in this very important special Senate election.

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