Letters to the editor

Posted: September 20, 2013

‘Protect, cherish’

Many thanks for printing the Constitution and the Amendments in Tuesday’s Star. A great service to all!

I know many agree with you that “only we the people can protect it, cherish it.” You have given us easy access to the document. There will always be work for us to do to build to this blueprint!

Thanks again.

James Boone

Frederick County


On behalf of the United Way of the Northern Shenandoah Valley, I want to thank all of our volunteers, business and nonprofit agencies for participating in the 2013 Day of Caring. Wednesday, Sept. 11, turned out to be a beautiful day with more than 700 volunteers working toward a common goal – to make a difference in the lives of those in our community.

With more than 120 projects to work on, these volunteers toiled tirelessly to complete the tasks at hand. The projects were in various locations throughout the counties of Clarke, Frederick and Shenandoah and the City of Winchester.

Many, many thanks to our many sponsors: Alamo Drafthouse, BB&T, Costco, First Bank, Frederick County Local Government, George’s Chicken, Grafton Integrated Health Network, Green Bay Packaging, Gregory’s Inc., Heritage Child Development Center, Home Depot Supply Chain, Jim Stutzman Chevrolet-Cadillac, Lord Fairfax Community College, Navy Federal Credit Union, RR Donnelley, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, Schaffer’s Catering, The Shockey Companies, Signet Screen Printing, Thermo Fisher, Trex, Union First Market Bank, United Bank, Valley Health, and Wells Fargo Mortgage.

Also, special thanks to Michele Wolford and Allison Crawford who assisted with the volunteer coordination, and Paula Siburt with United Way office, who provided invaluable assistance in the coordination of this event.

Thanks for caring about our community, and for friends and neighbors who need a helping hand!

Darcus Breneman

Chairman, Day of Caring

United Way of the NSV

A keeper, a friend

I agree with the letter about my friend Judy Lambert of the Winchester Medical Center’s thrift store, The Attic, that was written by the lady in Texas. Judy has been such an asset to The Attic.

We became friends when they were located at the other store. Judy welcomed me in and told me of the benefits of the money collected. The store was always neat and clean, and the prices are always reasonable, which is rare now at any store.

She was such a valuable person to the store, and I wish there were more people with her generosity and personality in her profession.

She is a keeper, a good friend.

Jean LaFollette


Why Pasty Cline?

The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley has opened its latest exhibit, Becoming Pasty Cline. The question, “Why Pasty Cline?” is evident from the start.

The exhibit opens with a large map of the Shenandoah Valley denoting many of its towns, up and down the Valley, where Pasty lived when she was growing up. The Valley had been home to her family’s ancestors for several generations.

Patsy Cline is known throughout the world today as the No. 1 female country artist of all time. There is no person more fitting to be honored at the MSV than Patsy Cline. And besides, how many other Winchester girls ever sang at Carnegie Hall?

There have often been those who could never warm up to Patsy Cline projects. Certainly now they will agree this exhibit was the right thing to do.

The dedication and creative folks at the MSV did everything right again! Bottom line: Becoming Patsy Cline is a must-see. Don’t miss it.

Mel Dick


White paint — and a dent

When auto drivers hit an empty parked car, leaving paint and a dent, they should be responsible and leave pertinent information for the unfortunate owner of the damaged car.

On Sunday, Sept. 15, at approximately 10:30 a.m., a young man, about 20 years of age, backed a white Cadillac Sedan into a parked car in the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church parking lot. He left white paint and a dent, but no identification to help the owner of the damaged car.

I hope this person will own up and come forward to identify himself, and be responsible for the damage he caused.

I am not the owner the of the damaged vehicle, but was a witness to the incident and have empathy for the damaged car’s owner.

Patricia McCarron

Frederick County

Shout-out to  UW, Shockey

AbbaCare Inc., located on Weems Lane in Winchester, was a recipient of the United Way “Day of Caring” on Sept. 11. We were blessed to have an incredible team of workers from Shockey & Sons.

This team was the best you could ask for in a group of volunteers. Sept. 11 was hot. Temperatures were in the mid- to high 90s. Many of the tasks we had planned for them were outdoors. There was not a complaint to be heard as they climbed ladders and cleaned gutters and trimmed our shrubs.

One of the volunteers even went home to get his chain saws to help us with a dead tree on the property! Thank goodness, after lunch we were able to move them inside as “painters extraordinaire.”

As a nonprofit pregnancy resource center, AbbaCare relies on volunteer support throughout the year for many projects on our property and in our center. Our group of Shockey employees went above and beyond the call of duty to complete our projects with excellence!

We want to give a shout-out to the United Way for coordinating these projects and a huge “thanks” to our new friends from Shockey for their tireless hard work on that day!

Mollie Kennard

Medical Administrative Director

AbbaCare Inc.

LaRock: candidate  for the future

As a 33rd District resident with children ready to enter college and the work force, I am hoping this fall we will elect a delegate who will make life easier for businesses in the commonwealth, not harder.

How can that happen? The next delegate we send to Richmond can make Virginia a better place to work by cutting taxes, not increasing them. Our new delegate needs to get rid of needless bureaucracy and cut smothering regulations.

When heavy-handed bureaucracy and strangulating regulations are removed, business will thrive. Virginians are entrepreneurs. Our businesses will flourish on their own once state government gets out of the way, and this district's economy can grow.

Fortunately, we have a candidate who we know will fight for lower taxes, smarter spending, and less regulation. That candidate is Dave LaRock. I’m voting for Mr. LaRock this fall not just because he champions my values, but also on behalf of my children and their future.

Laura Battle