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Serve veterans
I was heartened to see a recent letter from a fellow veteran imploring citizens to contact senators and congressmen regarding veterans’ affairs. I heard no such call to arms during the last eight years of the Obama administration. No outrage when Obama stated that the military, therefore veterans, were volunteers and so should pay their own medical expenses. No whining about Mrs. Clinton and her husband Bill’s stating their “loathing for the military” or John Kerry accusing us of being “reminiscent of the hordes of Genghis Khan.” That attitude projected itself blatantly in the mismanagement, callous and criminal behavior of the administrators of the VA. Non-treatment, desperation and suicides abounded, not to mention veterans dismissed to wallow in their own despair in VA parking lots. There were scarce back page reports but never a reckoning.

Analogous to the Department of Education, I doubt hiring more administrators, clerks, lawyers, psychologists and food services personnel will rectify the dilemma. A careful assessment of the present situation, removal of embedded derelict bureaucrats feathering their nest, and bringing in people with the culture and dedication to serve the veteran is in order. I have faith that funds needed to accomplish that mission will be allocated.

The military and veterans overwhelmingly supported President Trump for just those reasons. For sure, I did.

Rich Mullin
Lake Monticello

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Thank you for gerrymandering article
I’m sending out a big thank you for doing the Feb. 2 cover story on our issue of gerrymandering. My director, Brian Cannon, of One Virginia 2021, certainly appreciated the opportunity to address the Lake Monticello Newcomers and Old Friends group, and I know he too will appreciate your coverage. Thank you also to Ruthann Carr, who wrote the story. Your efforts are greatly appreciated. I plan to pick up a few additional copies to take with me to a meeting of the Blue Ridge Regional Council of One Virginia later this month. You guys are just super and a wonderful asset to this community. 

Joe Shaver
Lake Monticello


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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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