Declaration a reminder

of right to free speech

Editor, Times-Dispatch:

I wanted to take the time to wish those responsible for the Opinions section of the newspaper a very happy Fourth. Just about the time that I think that the newspaper is leaning much too far to the left for my liking, I read an article or two that draw me back to reality. As you probably know from my past contributions, my beliefs and feelings are in the parameters consistent with Attila the Hun. When I picked up the newspaper and saw our Declaration of Independence and Patrick Henry’s famous words, I was reminded that everyone is entitled to vastly different opinions and that truly is the foundation on which this country was founded. My fervent hope is that we may return to a more civil expression of our opinions, on each side. God bless each of you and God bless America.

Gregory E. Will.

New Kent.

Declaration deserved

front-page display

Editor, Times-Dispatch:

I disagree with the Richmond Times-Dispatch placing the Declaration of Independence on the Opinions page. This is a very important document in the birth of this nation and belongs on the first page.

Harry Deutsch.

Glen Allen.

Reader appreciates

Paine’s words

Editor, Times-Dispatch:

Thank you for the excerpt from Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense.” I read about it in high school back in the 1970s, but none of my textbooks reprinted the actual text itself. Apparently 200 years after publication it was too revolutionary for American students to read.

Anthony Gresham.

Colonial Heights.

July Fourth celebration

a tribute to U.S. history

Editor, Times-Dispatch:

On July 4th, the White House organized and orchestrated a magnificent display of our nation’s uniqueness. The power of the people and the ability to prosper and excel has historically been proved because of the ingenuity of the people, of their talents and their creativity. This was clearly evident in the celebration in front of the Lincoln Memorial.

Correspondent Robert Murphey Jr. has unfairly accused the White House of a “major display of military might.” Our president gave us a snapshot of American history, reminding us of the bravery and ability of our nation to produce great leaders. We would not be where we are globally if it were not for our ability to defend our great nation. He named several outstanding contributors that have invented, created and implemented major improvements for our daily lives: Alexander Graham Bell, the Wright brothers, Steve Jobs and Henry Ford, just to name a few. Further, he mentioned great military leaders, many who later became presidents: George Washington, Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy and Theodore Roosevelt.

The seven flyovers gave chills of pride to every observer, illustrating the incredible might that emphasized the story of America’s greatness — because of its people.

The band and the chorus provided excellent music for the enjoyment and honor of the people. Perhaps we all needed this snapshot of history, this display of military power, this reminder of the results of a young country’s resolve to create an exceptional nation based on freedom for all.

For those who see the July 4th events differently, ask yourselves whether or not you are trying to focus on the epic intent to unify this nation so dreadfully bruised from negativity and criticism or are you so full of negativity that you cannot get beyond it for our citizen soldiers who commit to the people.

Sharon Strong Peple.


City policymakers must

ensure safety of dogs

Editor, Times-Dispatch:

Thank you to Carol Burnett for calling attention to the plight of tethered dogs. Why would anyone have a dog only to chain it outside with no protection from blistering heat or freezing cold? If other cities in Virginia have outlawed this behavior, why won’t Richmond?

Our politicians must step up to the plate and protect our canine companions.

Linda Foster.


Reader defends actions

of U.S. soccer player

Editor, Times Dispatch:

I found Anne K. Hall’s recent letter to be very disturbing. What is “disgusting and embarrassing” is this take-down of a great American athlete on this writer’s own particular idea of what defines a patriot. It is offensive that she compares an athlete’s courage in a game representing our country with American military heroes on D-Day.

Of course, it is not comparable and nothing that Megan Rapinoe has said or done in anyway reflects on these heroes in any way. She has done nothing to disrespect her country. She is proud to represent this country. As a citizen, she has a right to protest the policies of this current administration. Standing silently during the National Anthem is a dignified way to protest an administration she disagrees with. The office of the president of the United States deserves respect, but the occupant has to earn it in the eyes of its citizens. And, yes, Rapinoe’s language is salty … but it pales in comparison to the day-to-day utterances of the present holder of that office.

And, to wish that the U.S. team be defeated by England because you are piqued at one player is dishonorable.

Eleanor Carlyon.


Business story elicits

delicious memories

Editor, Times-Dispatch:

Thank you for the cover story in the Metro Business section on July 1 highlighting the new Poor Boys restaurant that has opened at 203 N. Lombardy St. I especially enjoyed the accompanying story by Karri Peifer relating a brief history of the occupants of the building.

Her bit of commercial archaeology evoked wistful memories of Bogart’s and Bogey’s Back Room, where in the late 1970s my friends and I whiled away many hours enjoying beers pulled from taps in the rectangular “fern bar” and spent many quarters at the Pong and Pac-Man consoles. I also recall a projection TV about the size of an SUV, on which we watched major league events, Monty Python and more.

Peifer’s history also elicited warm recollections of Faris Gibrall and his market, which sold many a late-night snack and six-pack to denizens of the Fan.

One late evening I recall one of Bogart’s owners showing me some yellowing files discovered in the office in the Back Room, which indicated that at some point the space had been used by a mortician, which would be particularly appropriate for Poor Boy’s new “Voodoo Room.”

Unfortunately, I could not verify the undertaker’s operation in the archived Richmond city directories at the main public library, but I did uncover some additions to the history of 203 and other businesses in the block. A confectionary named George’s occupied the space in the late 1930s and early ’40s, and probably found many customers from students at the Randolph-Talcott School, located across the alley at 205 N. Lombardy. According to an advertisement on July 8, 1917, in The Times-Dispatch, it was an “up-to-date ‘Fresh Air School’” for boys and girls ages 4 to 10 using the Montessori Method of education.

Again, thank you for awakening these delicious recollections.

John Ambrose.


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