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I thoroughly enjoyed Page H. Gifford’s article about the middle school art. My daughter has been a student of Margie Kritzer for the last three years and is currently in her advanced art class. Kritzer is an absolute asset to the middle school and our community. Her enthusiasm for art is contagious and she consistently motivates her students to surpass their own expectations. Personally, I know she has encouraged my daughter to believe in her abilities. As a parent, I am consistently impressed by the teachers and staff in our schools. As my daughter moves on to the high school, I am going to miss seeing all of the very creative creations that come out of Kritzer’s class. I applaud bringing attention to this woman who gives so much to her students and publicly thank all who work in our schools!

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I am a new county resident with 22 acres, having just retired and moved from out of state. Part of my property is in land use with nearly 20 acres wooded, and so I have a vested interest in the recent discussion of possible scrutiny and increased taxation. Since I am not a county supervisor and on a modest pension, I hope I can be considered a regular person and outside government and political influence or power. However, I agree with supervisors Trish Eager and Don Weaver in their attempts to hold our taxes lower, fight other more free-spending supervisors, and keep our county rural. I hope to keep most of my land wooded and natural because I want to fit in with Fluvanna’s lovely agricultural base, rural character and lack of intense development. It is why I chose to move here instead of Albemarle, where major development is occurring.
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Well, I suppose when Ph.D. is part of your signature, there is nothing left to be said by the mass of uneducated, unwashed peasant class, but I’ll try.
The needs of the physically and emotionally handicapped as well as victims of liberal/progressive economic policies that result in layoffs and downsizing, should be met lovingly and with generosity. However, I see no reason to commit suicide. The prime directive should be preserve and enhance the lives of already working and struggling working men and women, and insisting, while assisting, that welfare and disability benefits have term limits.
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A recent study of social services in Fluvanna County yielded some pleasing results about which the people of the county should be proud, and also concerned. The study looked at the needs of people in the county and the mechanisms by which these needs are met. Dozens of needs were identified, such as food and adequate nutrition, housing adequacy, water, heat and plumbing issues, health access and child and elder neglect.
The study found that almost 20 percent of the county’s people rely on some type of assistance with some issue during each year, and importantly, that help is provided by a very large number of interacting organizations working together quite seamlessly and selflessly on the part of hundreds of individuals and organizations – churches, non-governmental organizations such as Meals on Wheels; county agencies such as the Department of Social Services and county officials at all levels; state and federal agencies and extension services, to come to the aid of people in need. As a community we all can be proud of the interwoven mosaic these folks and groups create to help our fellow citizens. And as a very rich country, we ought to be doing these things. Hunger and cold are unthinkable in such a prosperous land.
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I feel the need to warn residents of Fluvanna of a danger from two large (pit-bull type) dogs which are currently in our county. They attacked a small, sweet little terrier and its owner on the evening of April 11 near the dog park. Their owner was a young woman who had absolutely no control over the dogs and indeed ended up on the ground and being bitten herself in the attack. The larger dog is blackish and its partner was tan. Both were on leashes, which meant nothing to the dogs. After the police were called and the victim and owner were taken to the emergency vet I was shocked to see the police return the two big dogs to the owner.
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