Letters to the Editor for Saturday, October 26, 2019

Letters to the Editor for Saturday, October 26, 2019

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Thanks from Danville Free Clinic

To the editor:

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Free Clinic of Danville, I wish to thank the many residents, businesses and foundations in our community who assisted the clinic over the past 26 years.

We were able to treat thousands of patients because of our dedicated volunteers and the financial support given to us. Our patients’ lives were positively impacted because of the care they received and this could not have been done without our volunteers and our donors.

The Free Clinic of Danville is now closed, but our community will still be impacted by it. A Free Clinic of Danville Fund has been established with the Community Foundation of the Dan River Region. This fund will provide annual grants to nonprofits in Danville and Pittsylvania County that provide medical and dental services. These services include behavioral health, hearing and speech services and medical education. Nonprofit organizations in Danville or Pittsylvania County that match this description are encouraged to investigate funding through the Community Foundation.

The Free Clinic has also established a grant with Piedmont Access to Health Services Inc. (PATHS). This grant will provide funding for the provision of primary medical and dental care and related services to uninsured and underinsured individuals who earn less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level. PATHS will be moving into our building in the near future. The payments for the building by PATHS will be added to the balance of this sustaining grant.

Through these two sustaining grants the Mission and the legacy of the Free Clinic will continue.


President, Board of Directors

The Free Clinic of Danville

Tuck for Danville clerk of court

To the editor:

I am writing this letter to endorse Melissa Tuck for clerk of court for Danville.

I have known her for close to 15 years. She is highly qualified and will do an exemplary job as clerk of court. Her 15 years’ experience at the Danville Public Defender’s Office has allowed her to gain a working knowledge of the clerk’s office. She has observed and participated behind the scenes in hundreds of criminal trials and hearings in the circuit court.

She works closely with the clerk’s office on a regular basis and would transition into the role of clerk seamlessly. I have observed her interact with hundreds of people in difficult situations and she always treats people with respect and dignity.

Tuck serves the community in a variety of ways. She is a member of the Danville Professional Women’s Association where she serves on the board and as chairperson for the Community Service Committee. She is also active in her church and participates in numerous community service activities throughout the year, such as the Alzheimer’s Walk, feeding the homeless shelter and playing bingo at a local nursing home.

She is committed to serving the residents of Danville, and I hope you will join me in voting Melissa Tuck for clerk of court on Nov. 5.



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