As has been my custom these past 29 years, I ventured out to the Boardwalk to ride through the opening night of the BayPort Credit Union Holiday Lights at the Beach. For me and many others, especially children, this tradition might be described as “old home week.” Friends who I hadn’t seen in a year were anxious to greet my arrival.
There was the crab band, the massive poinsettia, Santa still driving his reindeer pulling a sleigh full of toys, along with all my favorite nautical characters who had come out to welcome me. Jumping fish, giant squids and a quite educated-looking school of fish, along with Wendy the whale, all seemed to encourage me to move through the ever-changing lighted displays. Santa’s elves have certainly been busy, and the results were nothing short of grand.
As we enjoy fruits of their labor, the spirit of the holiday season beckons us as we traverse the route to perhaps, put aside our differences, especially the politics that often divide us, and allow our inner child to, as they say, come out and play and return us to a simpler time, a family time.
We are so proud of the hard work our “elves” have labored at for the past many weeks in a Herculean effort to unlock that spirit of the season just one more time. Take your family to the Boardwalk light show, and let its magic transport you home for the holidays.
Bobby Melatti, Virginia Beach
There is no way state Sen. Monty Mason lost his recent reelection bid to former York County and Poquoson Sheriff Danny Diggs. Diggs only won in the eyes of the fake news media, and Mason should have conceded nothing. This was a rigged election.
The ballots, that’s a whole big scam. The Republicans were trying to rig this election because that’s the only way they’re going to win. There is no way you can go through a mail-in vote without massive cheating.
Why does the fake news media continuously assume that Diggs will ascend to the state Senate, not even allowing our side to show, which we are just getting ready to do, how badly shattered and violated our great Constitution has been in the 2023 election? It was attacked perhaps like never before. Those in charge of safeguarding the U.S. Constitution cannot let the fake results of the 2023 mail-in election stand. “The world is watching.”
Sound crazy? Other than switching the political parties, candidates’ names and election year, I paraphrased or quoted the preceding text from former President Donald Trump’s tweets and interviews. And despite no credible evidence, more than 60 failed court cases and a $787 million defamation judgement against Fox News, Trump and a majority of Republicans, at least as of 2022, continue to spout the “big lie” of a rigged 2020 election.
Please, my GOP friends, recognize how corrosive Trump’s lies are to American democracy and vote for literally anyone else in 2024.
David Malmquist, York County
Re “Abortion” (Your Views, Nov. 18): Rob Levinsky states that debate needs to focus on the point during a pregnancy when abortion becomes immoral. I ask, since when is the government involved in determining morality? Morality is based on an individual’s faith or personal philosophy. I agree that the topic needs to be debated but between an expectant mother, her family and her doctors. Certainly not by legislators whose qualifications for making morality or health care decisions for individuals are highly suspect.
Joseph H. Discenza, Poquoson