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I want to applaud the Fluvanna Review editor, Carlos Santos, for his commitment to uphold the right of free speech for all under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution and refusing to cede free and open discourse to those who would censor opposition to their own version of the truth.

All sides of the current Fluco budget issue deserve to be heard in as many public forums as possible – including the informed and the uninformed – so that county residents can judge for themselves the merits of each viewpoint.

To suggest that an advertisement not be accepted on political grounds violates both the spirit and the intent of the Founders. To take issue with an advertisement, article or op-ed is to be encouraged! And those who take any author or group to task should do so with respect, integrity and the inclusion of factual, accurate data which supports their position.

To hold a newspaper responsible for the content of any item other than those written by paid staff, or to suggest that the publisher resort to censorship of any personal opinion or political perspective is simply un-American. Our students, our public education system and our county residents deserve far better.

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We believe in open debate and have a question. Fluvanna United, who are you?

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Volunteers come in all ages, sizes, abilities...and at the Fluvanna SPCA we especially treasure the children who come here to help. One of our most faithful child volunteers hasn't been around much lately. This beautiful little girl – Alyssa Divers -- who dances through our door twice a week to hug and pet our cats has been far too busy fighting for her life.

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The news that the Fluvanna Board of Supervisors have finally taken positive steps to control spending and debt is greatly welcome news. The cuts they have voted to take are in line with the first steps to bring the Fluvanna County budget back into some kind of reasonable sense. These cuts included cuts to the Fluvanna School Board, which we totally approve. From what we have read, the Board of Supervisors suggested many cuts to the School Board in areas where there was excess and unneeded expense, which did not touch teachers’ salaries. Apparently the school board did not want to give up anything! In these times all of us must tighten our belts and work with what we have. Add a comment

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The school will open. You knew it would happen.  Our Board of Supervisors are your friends, not enemies!  There was nothing personal about the possibility of caretaker status.  (One students comment: Why do they hate us?) The students who felt that way have done poorly in mathematics and economics. It was about money, and the counties lack of it. Add a comment

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