There are real concerns about ‘lack of transparency, integrity’, ‘trust’ in Virginia Beach – The Virginian-Pilot
Re “Virginia Beach mayor refutes city hall criticism(Other Views, November 5) and “NFL Hall of Famer Bruce Smith says Rudee Loop proposals raise questions of cronyism and ‘backroom deals’ in Virginia Beach(October 25): I just read Virginia Beach Mayor Bobby Dyer’s rebuttal of Virginia Beach resident Bruce Smith’s so-called critic. Dyer voices concern to Smith about “his alignment with a group of self-proclaimed community leaders who bolster their existence by fanning the flames of racism while expressing contempt and distrust of our police force.”
Please tell the mayor, name the names of these organizations and individuals. Inquiring minds want to know. At the October 22 “town hall” meeting, which was attended by members of the Tidewater Libertarian Party, the Virginia Beach Tea Party, the GOP, and the Democratic Party, not once during Smith’s presentation did he mentioned race. Perhaps Dyer would be kind enough to accept an invitation from the same collective group of concerned and highly intellectual citizens who are concerned about the lack of transparency, integrity and trust that the mayor is trying to cover with a veil of racism. . How superficial. Dyer’s synopsis sounds like an ice cream cone being licked off.
Robert K. Dean, Virginia Beach
While I understand the reasoning for drawing new districts in Virginia Beach, I don’t understand why the residents of the new districts have no representation. I live in the newly drawn District 5 in Virginia Beach. As this is a new district, we have no say in the election of the city council or school board for two years. The Rudee Loop project is a priority for me and for others who live in Shadowlawn, which is very close to it.
I would ask council to suspend voting for any projects on Rudee Loop until the residents of District 5 have the opportunity to elect a council member to represent us. This should also apply to the school board. Any major changes made by the board must wait until all districts are represented.
Judy Gray, Virginia Beach
Virginia needs more clean energy to fight climate change, create more jobs, improve air quality, and more. One way to do this is to electrify our schools and add solar panels to their roofs. By investing in solar power and moving away from fossil fuels, schools can make their buildings and communities healthier and safer, while saving money for the school system.
Here in Hampton Roads we are fortunate to have a number of school buildings fitted with solar panels, but they seem to be concentrated in only a few neighborhoods. In Virginia Beach, schools such as Ocean Lakes Elementary and Renaissance Academy are realizing the benefits of solar panels. With the Virginia Beach public school system spending millions of dollars on electricity costs alone, having net zero schools that generate their own electricity will save them money on energy costs and spend this money goes to other things like staff salaries and teaching materials for students. .
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Schools in Virginia are able to get solar panels at little to no upfront cost, so why aren’t more schools in Hampton Roads going solar or putting power on? solar in their plans? Our schools could save millions of dollars while reducing our carbon footprint. It is high time for our schools to use the empty space on the roof.
Stephen Hackney, Virginia Beach
Re “Patients at Risk: Demand for Medical Services is Growing in Virginia, But Physicians Are Not(October 23): The article did not consider advanced practice providers, including nurse practitioners, as a solution to issues of access to care. Nurse practitioners are advanced practice registered nurses who hold a master’s degree, and often a doctorate, and extensive clinical training in the diagnosis and management of common and complex medical conditions. More than half of Virginia’s 13,000 nurse practitioners practice in primary care. As a Tidewater-based Nurse Practitioner and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist at a large independent primary care practice, I focus on supporting my patients’ health needs and their education on healthy lifestyles and disease management.
The article cites a June 2020 study by the Association of American Medical Colleges showing a shortage of 21,400 to 55,200 primary care physicians by 2033. At the same time, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts job growth of more than 50% for nurse practitioners by 2029. However, practicing as a nurse practitioner in Virginia can be difficult due to a legislative environment that is not as supportive as other states for the care provided by a nurse practitioner. While some legislators see the elimination of medical residencies as a solution to issues of access to care, others recognize the value of care provided by a nurse practitioner. Based on trends in the physician shortage, it will be essential to the health of all citizens of Virginia to ensure that nurse practitioners are part of the solution.
Olivia Newby, President, Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners, Virginia Beach
Re “How do you pronounce Norfolk? NorVa wants to help.(October 24): I’ve pronounced this town across the Hampton Roads as “nawfuk” for over 70 years. My mother and her siblings also pronounced Norfolk as “nawfuk”. When I moved to western Maryland, I tried to proselytize my friends to pronounce Norfolk as “nawfuk”. When I went to college, most of my friends said “Nor-folk,” but some didn’t. Guess now it’s a test of who’s a northern transplant and who says “Nor-folk”.
Robert T. Neely, Newport News