Virginia Beach School Board members Trenace Riggs, Beverly Anderson and Vicky Manning must resign from the Virginia Beach School Board so everyone can have representation.
This November, Virginia Beach voters will only vote for the representatives from their district. Virginia Beach will be changing to a 10-and-one district system, with the 10 district representatives being elected only by the people in their district and one elected at-large.
Two of the new School Board districts (District 5, Ocean Lakes; District 7, Centerville) will be without a representative living in the district. There are members of the School Board who feel they are entitled to be on the School Board and their entitlement is more important than the rights of thousands of people to have a district representative. Roughly 20% of the citizens will have no say in how school funds are spent.
In the old Centerville district, the current representative is Riggs, and she currently lives in the old Centerville district. Once the new districts are in place she will be living in the Princess Anne district. There have been many cases where a School Board representative no longer lives in the district he or she had been elected to, and he or she was removed.
Ocean Lakes is complicated. The complication is there are currently two at-large members whose terms end in 2024, and the new districting plan allows for only one at-large member. The two at-large members are Anderson and Manning. The only fair thing to do is remove them both. Let the people decide the at-large representative.
Stephen Johnston, Virginia Beach
Virginia’s current family life education curriculum is doing children in the public school system a disservice. It does not include current information and is not consistent with government statistics regarding school-age children. Topics on contraceptives, gender relations and social media influences are not included.
It is understandable that parents want the right to raise their children as they see fit and educate them about how family life and sexual relations should be. However, there are external influences that also affect the decisions that these children will have to make. Not all children are privileged enough to have parents who will sit them down and discuss these sensitive topics. It should be understood that many children are not raised in two-parent, Christian households. In fact, demographics of students in Virginia are of various racial, religious and ethnic backgrounds. Many students come from single-parent households and or low-socioeconomic status and have already been exposed to sex on television, social media, from past abuse and even through their peers.
As criminal cases involving school-age children continue, updates should be made to the family life curriculum. Children should be taught about the dangers associated with themselves, such as sex trafficking, prostitution, online dating, sexting and child pornography. How can we protect students if they do not have all the facts and resources available to them? Teaching children about abstinence is doing nothing in combating these realistic occurrences. Write your public officials and advocate for change.
Robyn Coleman, Hampton
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The recent prime time airing of the Jan 6 House select committee’s final summer hearing was televised by every major broadcast and cable TV station with the exception of Fox News, which broadcast its regular programming. Apparently, Fox News and its loyal followers could not bear to hear the truth of what occurred on Jan. 6.
We learned that former President Donald Trump, cloistered in his private dining room, watched the violent events unfold for roughly three hours and did nothing to stop them. Instead, he made several calls to senators and Rudy Giuliani frantically trying to seek a way to delay the election certification. But, most tellingly, as the riots intensified and the casualties mounted, Trump never called for help from any law enforcement agency in spite of repeated pleas to do so from his closest advisors.
Additionally, we learned that there is a seven-hour gap in Trump’s phone logs from Jan. 6 as well as missing Secret Service texts. We may never know exactly what Trump did in the days leading up to and including Jan. 6. But clearly, we know what he didn’t do and that was to fulfill his oath of office to defend the Constitution and protect the certification of the presidential election by Congress. His failure to act is criminal. If this is not perfectly obvious to everyone by now, then they have not been paying attention, or maybe they just need to switch TV channels.
Ken Powders, Chesapeake
While the Biden administration flails around to fix multiple self-inflected problems in inflation, immigration, more spending and increased taxes, it is using foreign issues to divert our attention away from this current “witches’ brew” of problems.
Hovering over this mess is a huge black storm cloud, our national debt of $30 trillion. The interest alone paid daily to our debtors, including China, are funds (our taxes) needed elsewhere. Is it smart to ignore the interest due on a $30 trillion debt on the nation’s credit card account with no serious plan to reduce it and or pay it off? In the meantime, as the Biden administration flounders around on multiple self-inflected issues, it uses Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s foreign trip to distract from all these ballooning failures.
Jimmy Pappas, Norfolk