Letters to the Editor: Week of Dec. 12, 2013

Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 11:50 am

Elated after vote for new court complex

I was elated to witness a unanimous vote by our Board of Supervisors for a new court complex, a complex that has been needed for years.
I think the evidence is clear that this is a facility that will greatly enhance the safety and wellbeing of the citizens of Hanover County. We have heard from law enforcement officials, county officials and judges that what we have will no longer serve us. I think we would be remiss if we did not recognize the financial skills shown by our county administrator, Rhu Harris, and his financial team as well as W. Canova Peterson IV, chairman of the board of supervisors, and many others in “planning ahead” so the taxpayers would not be burdened with this expense.
This project is in a planning stage and I am sure citizen input will be greatly sought.

Dan Johnson
Montpelier

‘Tis the season for kindness, generosity

‘Tis the season to hear good news. There is lots of it to go around this Christmas. But sometimes, we forget to share it.
So here’s the good news. Yesterday, four members of the Rural Plains Women’s Club were in the Ashland Wal-Mart trying to buy two bikes for a needy family for Christmas. There were a lot of decisions to be made: 24-inch versus 26-inch; six-speed mountain bike or cruiser; brand; color is always important; and of course, price. And then the helmets. Four women deciding on two bicycles and two helmets….lots of decisions.
With the help of store personnel, we had several bikes on the floor, making sure the gears changed properly. Luckily, we had the aisle to ourselves. And then a fellow shopper – another bike shopper, we assumed – came down the aisle. He asked if we were the Christmas Mother. No, not the Christmas Mother, but like that, we said, but just a women’s club shopping for bikes for a family in need. Then, he said, “A few Christmases ago, I was out of work, and the Christmas Mother got presents for my kids. It really meant a lot to our family.”
Next, he pulled out a wad of money, and said, “Add this to your shopping for the family.” It was such a lovely gesture, and so touching. We don’t even know his name. But his generous spirit and his desire to help us help another family left tears in our eyes, and lots of gratitude in our hearts.

Toni Radler
Ashland

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