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


Trump’s success at the polls can only be explained this way. The American public is fed up with the current administration and Congress. Someone who is not a politician has great appeal. Are you better off now than eight years ago? Be honest now! Hillary Clinton would be a repeat of Obama. She wasn’t the choice eight years ago and why would we want her now that she is under a cloud of mistrust?

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The weather cooperated and Fluvanna’s Pleasant Grove Park was a buzz of fun, enlightenment, and laughter on Saturday, May 7. Congratulations to the many, many people who worked so hard to make the 20th Old Farm Day come alive and be a great success. Special thanks to the three co-chairs: Tricia Johnson, Mary Tilman, and Jackie Bland as well as the 21 Old Farm Day committee members. I am fully aware of the many, many hours that went into planning the event, from securing business supporters; recruiting vendors and entertainment; advertising; planning the parking; planning educational booths; and recruiting lots of volunteers for the day of the event. We had family members come down from Washington D.C. for the event and they had a blast. Other family members, who have lived in other parts of the country, commented on the warmth and friendliness of folks in Fluvanna. Old Farm Day is one of the many reasons that Fluvanna is a great place to live, work and play.

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