With all the chaos in Portsmouth it’s hard to know what’s really going on – Daily Press

Re “Portsmouth comedian Cletus Kassady is gaining popularity with comedy bits at City Council meetings(July 3) andMajority of Portsmouth council insert $400,000 retainer in new city manager’s contract(June 29): As a long-time resident of Portsmouth, the past year and the chaos and calamity that usurped all sense of reason at City Hall have too many of us thinking to ourselves: “Hmm? What is the real agenda going on here? »

There are two things we know: first, if a majority city council had done the “coup” that city councilman (to quote a local “Not Quite Esquire” brother) Mark Whitaker had done with the other “riders of the Apocalypse” (Councillors Christopher Woodard, De’Andre Barnes, and Paul Battle), firing skilled African-American city manager (via vetting, etc.) Angel Jones, he allegedly led the protests in the streets citing racism and wanton disrespect for black women. But he does, and it’s supposed to be fine and accepted by all concerned.

Second, when City Manager Tonya Chapman was last hired (less experience, vetting, etc.), we learned her severance package includes $400,000 “if terminated without cause during her first year”. It just lets us know that she’s thinking about January.

Yes, beneath all the chaos and calamity, what is really going on here? And who benefits now and will benefit in the future from all this? As the Word of God warns us all, “Watch and pray.

Billie Montgomery Cook, Portsmouth

Parents and employers have complained that the education system does not produce qualified, career-ready citizens who are ready to find well-paying jobs and/or go to university. The current education system has been trapped in an academic paradigm that everyone should go to college to advance, while education has become increasingly irrelevant to blue-collar occupations and now to the new workforce. collar work.

The economy will create millions of new snare jobs, and these jobs typically don’t require college degrees. Unfortunately, 41% of new college graduates are underemployed and get jobs that don’t require a college degree to start.

To meet these challenges, employers want and need students who graduate with the necessary basic skills in reading, writing, math and science, who can think, not want to think. To that end, Virginia is moving forward with a plan to create a new type of school that involves unique partnerships called “Lab Schools”. Governor Glenn Youngkin proposed the Lab Schools, which include partnerships with universities and colleges and private companies. He added that lab schools — which have a specific focus, such as science, technology, engineering and math, or literacy, or a particular skill or industry — will create learning environments that will engage students in hands-on learning. Parents and students must be provided with educational options to attend the school that best suits their career needs for the new collar workforce to make their American dream a reality.

Glenn Marshall, Association for Manufacturing Excellence, Williamsburg

If the City of Norfolk gets rid of the Lamberts Point Golf Course so that the adjacent sewage treatment plant can expand, it should consider building a viewing platform there, so citizens can always watching Norfolk Southern’s most spectacular, longest coal operations. run a horror show in town.

The golf course is the best place, like a front-row seat, for the citizens of Norfolk to catch a glimpse of Norfolk Southern’s for-profit dusting of its own hometown.

The city of Norfolk certainly wouldn’t want its citizens to miss it. But if for some reason the city decides that its citizens no longer need this kind of “entertainment”, everyone should know that reruns of Norfolk Southern’s greatest hits can still be seen on YouTube.

Ray Gregory, Norfolk

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Today’s political television advertising needs the Pinocchio Prize. He says MP Elaine Luria is responsible for the high cost of milk and eggs due to her out-of-control spending. Considering the cost of food and other items is a global issue, she has achieved quite a feat. The Communications Act of 1934 does not require the truth for political advertisements – why?

Gloria Ross, Virginia Beach

With the cost of gas these days, as well as the pressure to reduce pollution, why do we still use drive-thrus to do banking, pick up fast food and prescriptions, etc.? ? Every day there are probably millions of automobiles queuing up with engines running and consuming gas unnecessarily because people are too lazy to get out of their vehicles and walk a few steps.

If we could eliminate drive-thru, we might be able to help solve our energy/global warming problem as well as our obesity problems.

Dick Jones, Virginia Beach

Are you already tired of a stumbling and clumsy president? High prices? High delinquency? War in Europe? A mess at the border? Embarrassment in Afghanistan? The stock market crashes? What can we do about it? Vote Republican in November.

Jim Crutchfield, Virginia Beach

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