Some Virginia Beach school board members should resign for fair representation – The Virginian-Pilot


Virginia Beach School Board members Trenace Riggs, Beverly Anderson and Vicky Manning must resign from the Virginia Beach School Board so everyone can be represented.

In November, voters in Virginia Beach will vote only for representatives from their district. Virginia Beach will move to a 10-and-one district system, with the 10 district representatives elected only by the residents of their district and one elected at-large.

Two of the school board‘s new districts (District 5, Ocean Lakes; District 7, Centerville) will not have a representative living in the district. Some school board members feel they have the right to be school board members and their right is more important than the right of thousands of people to have a district representative. About 20% of citizens will not have a say in how school funds are spent.

In the old neighborhood of Centerville, the current representative is Riggs, and she currently lives in the old neighborhood of Centerville. Once the new quarters are in place, she will live in the Princess Anne Quarter. There have been many instances where a school board representative no longer resides in the district where he was elected and has been fired.

Ocean Lakes is complicated. The complication is that there are currently two at-large members whose terms end in 2024, and the new constituency plan only allows one at-large member. The two non-executive members are Anderson and Manning. The only right thing to do is to delete them both. Let the people decide the general representative.

Stephen Johnston, Virginia Beach

Virginia’s current family life education program does a disservice to children in the public school system. It does not include current information or match government statistics for school-aged 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 what family life and sexual relationships should be like. However, there are external influences that also affect the decisions these children will have to make. Not all children are privileged enough to have parents sit them down and discuss these sensitive topics. It should be understood that many children are not raised in two-parent Christian homes. In fact, the demographics of students in Virginia are of diverse racial, religious, and ethnic backgrounds. Many students come from single-parent families and/or low socio-economic status and have been exposed to sex on TV, on social media, through past abuse, and even through their peers. .

As criminal cases involving school-aged children continue, updates need to be made to the Family Life Studies curriculum. Children should be made aware of the dangers affecting them, such as sex trafficking, prostitution, online dating, sexting and child pornography. How can we protect students if they don’t have all the facts and resources available to them? Teaching children about abstinence does nothing to combat these realistic events. Write to your officials and advocate for change.

Robyn Coleman, Hampton



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The recent prime-time broadcast of the House Select Committee’s final summer hearing on Jan. 6 was televised by every major television and cable television network except Fox News, which aired its regular programming. Apparently, Fox News and its staunch supporters couldn’t bear to hear the truth about what happened on Jan. 6.

We have learned that former President Donald Trump, cloistered in his private dining room, watched the violent events unfold for about three hours and did nothing to stop them. Instead, he made several calls to senators and Rudy Giuliani frantically trying to figure out a way to delay election certification. But, most tellingly, as the riots escalated and casualties mounted, Trump never called for help from any law enforcement agency despite repeated pleas to do so from those closest to him. advisers.

Additionally, we learned that there was a seven-hour gap in Trump’s phone logs since January 6 as well as missing Secret Service texts. We may never know exactly what Trump did in the days leading up to and including January 6. But clearly we know what he didn’t do and that was to fulfill his oath of office to uphold the Constitution and protect Congressional certification of the presidential election. His inaction is criminal. If this isn’t perfectly obvious to everyone now, it’s because they haven’t been paying attention, or maybe they just need to change the TV channel.

Ken Powders, Chesapeake

As the Biden administration grapples with solving multiple self-influencing issues of inflation, immigration, rising spending and rising taxes, it is using foreign issues to divert our attention from this “mash.” of witches’ current problems.

Above this mess hangs a huge black storm cloud, our $30 trillion national debt. The only interest paid daily to our debtors, including China, are funds (our taxes) needed elsewhere. Is it smart to ignore interest owed on a $30 trillion debt in the country’s credit card account with no serious plan to reduce or pay it off? In the meantime, as the Biden administration wades through multiple self-inflected issues, it’s using House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s overseas trip to distract from all those hot-air balloon failures.

Jimmy Pappas, Norfolk


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