As the elections are drawing nearer and there are two seats available in Clifton Forge, I would like to offer my opinion on this.
I am in support of re-electing Jeff Irvine for town council.
Here is why — born and raised here is a plus.
He has grown up and seen first hand what this town was and is now.
Jeff was mentored by Doody Morris, also a former mayor of Clifton Forge.
There have been problems that have arisen here and I can call Mayor Irvine and he comes as soon as possible.
There was brown water once in the lines. I called the former town manager and nothing was done. I called then-Councilman Irvine and he came with a jar to get a sample.
There are times with a lot of stuff going on and Mayor Jeff Irvine is right on it. He does follow rules and sometimes the people that are supposed to be doing the job drop the ball; but he again reminds them and they get it done.
About the Armory that the people start stuff about. It’s all been examined by attorneys and nothing was found illegal by Mayor Irvine. I even had a woman come to my house, in my yard, and ask me why I supported Jeff Irvine, because he is taking money from the Armory account. I told her to leave and she did.
Now they start rumors that he has COVID-19. He got tested and was negative and showed the results on Facebook.
Mayor Irvine does not hide anything.
There is a group called Friends of Clifton Forge, but no one knows who they are. They’re hiding their identity for reasons unknown. All they want is downtown done but Mayor Jeff Irvine has proven over and over again he is for the citizens of Clifton Forge, no matter the money, status or race.
He is here for everyone and is always ready to help. Even if it’s not about town stuff, he will always lend a helping hand if he can.
He has a great personality and will face anything they throw at him head on.
I support Mayor Jeff Irvine because he is the right man for the job. There is no other real choice in my eyes.
Mayor Irvine cares for the citizens, from Forest Hills to the east end and west end of town.
I ask people to vote Jeff Irvine because he will have their best interest in hand, even if they are hard-headed and won’t listen.
He has done well to find a compromise with some people and help them even if they’re bashing him.
Roxbury Street, Clifton Forge
After reading the second letter from Mr. Al Jackson, I felt compelled to respond to both, with a resounding “thank you.”
His first letter left me in awe as his message echoed my every waking thought since this pandemic reared its hateful head.
I’m only a “plain Jane” reader of the Bible, my favorite book, but reading and understanding are two different stories, so I have to quiz our lady (Rev. Rose) co-pastor from time to time.
I have felt the hand of God on my heart every day during this new and frightening experience. I don’t have ready scripture quotes to identify my same thoughts and fears, but I do have humility, respect and a desperate need to pray to our Father in Heaven to please, please stand between us, His children and this, His world, and COVID-19.
Never, in my life, have I ever faced such an invisible, evil and invincible enemy and I pray that every minister is already sharing this wake-up call with their congregants.
Mr. Jackson’s letter is an impressive mini, in-depth study of those books of the Bible from which he quoted.
Sir, to answer your question, what would I do?
First, I would direct my fellow men to reread your letter to better understand why such pandemics happen in the first place.
Second, let us all make a worldwide plea to God to forgive us for offending Him and for our collective sins.
Third, we must pray, pray without ceasing. I firmly believe that until God is confident that mankind still believes in His might, will these dreadful situations, the pandemic and worldwide unrest cease?
To Mr. Jackson, sir, you channeled the Apostle Paul in your boldness of speech and your gifted interpretation of the gospel (Ephesians 6:19) for those of us who are listening, learning and still leaning on our Father’s everlasting arm.
Thank You, Mr. Editor,
Mrs. Helen C. Harris
E. Pine St., Covington
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