Opinion

BY TED SHOCKLEY, Eastern Shore First None of my predictions for 2023 came true. I guessed Belle Haven would get more sidewalks and Accomack and Northampton school systems would merge. I was wrong. I predicted surf fishing would be allowed on Fisherman Island. How can you have a place called...
BY TED SHOCKLEY, Eastern Shore Post —  NEW TACTIC TED: It is obvious that the speeding tickets issued by the Eastville town police officers aren’t working. If the tickets and millions of dollars in fines they generated were working, we would actually see a reduction in speeding. But there’s no reduction....
The last day for voting on the Eastern Shore will be Tuesday, Nov. 7 — that is Election Day in Virginia. But we might not know that night who the winners are. Not all the votes will be counted on election night. The totals you find that night at...
Advertisements don’t square with column To the editor: I expected candidate advertisements as we get close to the Nov. 7 election, but what I didn’t expect to see were the number of ads — some appearing more than once — that seem to serve no purpose because they aren’t endorsing any...
BY CLEMEN BASTIEN, Guest columnist — My husband, Theslet, and I are U.S. citizens. We have four children born and raised in Parksley. I appreciate everyone who supports our businesses, the market and food truck located at 24312 Bennett St., Parksley. Both are licensed by the State of Virginia, USDA,...
BY TED SHOCKLEY, Eastern Shore Post -- It is probably time to update the Eastern Shore Racial Relations Scorecard, a running tally I keep of real and perceived offenses.  Some folks use their spare time watching “The Price is Right” on television, or posting photos on social media of beer-fueled...
Serving in a leadership role does not automatically make someone a leader. In the Nov. 7 election, Eastern Shore voters should select candidates who have an absolute commitment to community leadership and a desire to confront the most difficult challenges we face. Leadership is important right now because the status...
BY DELEGATE ROB BLOXOM This is the final capitol report from the 2023 General Assembly session. We returned to Richmond to approve a package of budget amendments to the last year of the two-year budget. I was tasked by the Speaker of the House to be one of six delegates chosen...
BY TED SHOCKLEY, Eastern Shore Post My mama was not a musician of any sort. But she was quite an accomplished player of the imaginary violin. Sometimes when I would whine or complain as a child, she bent her left arm and cocked her head to cradle a violin that...
BY SAMUEL OLEYNIK, Guest columnist — Earlier this week, concerns were raised about the capacity of classrooms in the Northampton school district. Many of these concerns were raised over confusion and the illusion of a problem of teacher capacity. As our communities deserve to understand this situation, it is important to...