Don’t Let Former Golf Course Owners Build Residential Units – The Virginian-Pilot

Re “Owner of Defunct Virginia Beach Golf Course Agrees to Trim Weeds, But ‘Spit Fence’ Will Remain” (April 21): After reading article about fence near neighbors adjoining golf course deceased in West Neck, I have to wonder about the complete inability of an employee of the city of Virginia Beach to be able to protect the owners.

Obviously the owner of the land that was once a golf course and is zoned as green space is hoping that by being totally obnoxious he can force the city to rezone the property. It will be interesting to see if Virginia Beach protects its citizens or allows another greedy developer to trash the city.

Carl Godwin, Chesapeake

Unfortunately, public servants nationwide rarely get the positive credit they deserve when they do positive things. Society seems to wait for the negative situation to occur in order to have the opportunity to criticize.

However, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Sheriff Michael Moore and the Portsmouth Sheriff’s Office (deputies and administrative staff) for the great work they do for seniors. Their program that helps with lawn care and building ramps has been a tremendous asset to our older, less mobile citizens. I am fully aware that the program existed in some of the previous administrations, however, Moore chose to continue the program in his tenure. Congratulations again to the sheriff and his team.

James L. Brown Jr., Chesapeake

I would like to thank our former City Manager Neil Morgan for the kind gesture he showed me when he and I were at Warwick Forest Rehabilitation Center recently. It was my first time visiting the establishment and he generously helped me to show me around the site to help me find my way around. Although he is no longer in public service, Morgan still graciously serves the public. I wish him good luck and his family.

Michael Anderson, Newport News

The Monthly Child Tax Credit has proven extremely effective in reducing child poverty, which in Virginia alone affected 244,953 children before this program. This has been a lifesaver for my daughter and I as it has eased the burden of rising costs. In just one month without these payments, 3.7 million children fell back below the poverty line, according to the Center on Poverty & Social Policy. A statistic whose seriousness some of our senators and representatives have not yet recognized.

Inflation is at its highest for 40 years. Food costs rose 1.4% and energy costs jumped 3.7%. In the wake of record high gasoline prices — $3.94 on average here in Virginia — parents who commute to work and take their kids to school will suffer the most. Direct and pragmatic cash programs such as the Monthly Child Tax Credit would protect families from these predatory price hikes.

The financial stress that the monthly child tax credit avoided was invaluable. I, along with many other Virginian parents, could afford our bills, gas, and groceries despite those inflationary prices. Common sense solutions like the child tax credit are what we need right now. I’m asking our members of Congress to craft a version of the monthly child tax credit that parents can use, once again, to get by in this economy.

Lukeyseya Smith, Hampton

Re “Navy shipbuilding supervisors should have more control over contractors and suppliers, watchdog says” (April 14): US Government Accountability Office wants shipbuilding supervisors to the navy have more access to contractors and suppliers to avoid issues like the USS Gerald R carrier Ford’s “government-provided advanced electromagnetic arrest device” and other similar issues with the many contractors spread throughout the country that provide parts and equipment for the construction of these complicated ships.

One would think that the real problem lies with the more than 2,450 companies in 48 states (in more than 364 congressional districts) involved in the construction and maintenance of military vessels, including carriers. Of course, this is done by our huge military-industrial complex so that no representative or senator will ever vote to abolish the construction of additional new carriers. Not a good way to run a railroad.

John J. Martin, Norfolk

We have accomplished many things such as vaccines, boosters and improved personal protective equipment. The public should be commended for learning to wear masks without any prior training. However, what we are not doing is listening to the virus. The virus gives us an estimated time of arrival, and it does that every time. It usually starts in Africa, Asia or Europe and then comes to the United States. All variants seem to work this way.

Our response is the reverse; we are waiting for him to get here to lift the mask restrictions. It does not mean anything. We do what market experts tell us not to do. They tell us to buy on dips, and we often buy when the stock is selling high.

Vivian Mills, Virginia Beach

Michael C. Ford