Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor: Without hesitation or reservation, Abel Parker Upshur (1790-1844) should be ranked as the most important person in the history of the Eastern Shore and, in Virginia, in the quarter century leading to the conclusion of the Civil War. Planter, commonwealth’s attorney, legislator, judge, secretary of the Navy, and secretary...
Dear Editor: Last March, the Virginia legislature passed a law permitting local election officials to open their offices on Sundays to in-person voters during the 45-day early voting period preceding an election. The Northampton County Electoral Board is considering adding a Sunday to the voting calendar this year. Oct. 17...
Dear Editor: My brother found four kittens covered under a plastic bowl yesterday at the dump in Northampton, barely alive. We took them to animal control in Melfa. One had to be euthanized; his intestines were hanging out. Three are in foster care to see if they survive. Approximately two weeks...
Dear Editor: This is combination pet peeve and suggestion for whoever has control over the stoplights on U.S. Route 13. The pet peeve happens when I am driving along Route 13 and see a driver approaching a stoplight intersection on a crossroad and the driver makes a quick stop in...
Dear Editor: This letter is in response to Onancock’s allowance of homestays, short-term rentals, or more commonly referred to as Airbnb rentals. As a full-time resident in an agricultural district outside of Quinby, I am now dealing with a neighbor who has decided to rent his home on the Airbnb...
Dear Editor: School is out and tourist season has officially begun in beach towns like my own. The streets are filled with out-of-state license plates on cars parked the wrong way on a one-way street. There are golf carts on the highway and deflated floating devices in nearly every trash...
Dear Editor: I urge Post readers to dig deeper on the Virginia Math Pathways Initiative (06/25/21 issue). The SOL passing rates presented are from a dumbed-down test. In 2018, the SOL was reworked, reducing the number of required correct answers for third through eighth grade by an average of 2.8 across...
Dear Editor: I recently read one of the Eastern Shore Post articles where you printed a story about the grave of Accawmacke Indians who were once soldiers in the army (“Restoring a Historic Cemetery Is a Mission of Recognition,” June 4). You called these people African American when they are not...
Dear Editor: Many thanks to David Martin for his superb article in the Eastern Shore Post on the WWII encounter between Charles Brown of the U.S. Air Force and Franz Stigler of the Luftwaffe (“Random Facts,” June 11 and June 18). He relates an example of combatants recognizing the humanity...
Dear Editor: On May 26, my wife, son, and I went to the Star East Cemetery on Church Road in Accomac to cut the grass. This is something that we have done for approximately 55 years, mostly every other week during grass cutting season. We normally cut more than just our...