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Martinsville in the news - 18
05/10/10     Barry Berlin  (1973)      bberlin@atlantictrust.com
Sherry (Black) Hurwitz shared this with a few people the other day, and I thought it merited posting here. Sad days for our home town. Copy and paste to your browser to view the report.

05/12/10     Susan Adams  (1965)      subrosa47@aol.com
Re: Martinsville in the news
Thank you for this posting.
05/13/10     David Young  (1973)      BYoung1441@aol.com
Re: Martinsville in the news
Thanks, Barry.

When we go back home to visit parents, Betty and I have this 4 mile run that includes a stretch through downtown. Each visit, we play the "used to be" game: "That used to be Globman's. That used to be Wampler's. That used to be Leed's. That used to be Pants Corner. That used to be the Woolworth's store," and on and on.

Throw in what is left of the Patrick Henry Mall (remember when there was Penney's, People's Drugs, Big Star, the Red Lion, which became Hong Kong.....the mall was always filled with businesses)....no more Rumley's......

Danged sad.
06/09/10     Kathryn Wedderburn  (1973)      kwedderburn@nycap.rr.com
Re: Martinsville in the news
I was just in Martinsville to try and clean out my mother's house. At 84, she has just moved into a nursing home. Of course, I have been back regularly to visit her, but this was a more lengthy visit, by necessity. I can't get over how much our home town has changed. I understand that the unemployment rate is quite high there, too. It is rather heartbreaking. Time changes all things, but not necessarily for the better.
03/04/11     Deborah Kay Alexander (Spencer)  (1973)      pastordeb1@sbcglobal.net
Re: Martinsville in the news
Thanks, but that piece in the New Yorker is so sad. I watched it twice, and the emotion was so strong that it was hard to talk about it with my husband. "If you want to see what America will look like in five years, look at Martinsville." How very, very sad for my hometown and the residents who still live there. I have relatives, too, who still live there day-to-day. This definitely merits posting again and again until someone wakes up to the crippling condition of our country in places the world does not see enough. Martinsville is always in my prayers.
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