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I watched a documentary on immigration. The Bible says to render obedience to the governing authority, for if not it will be a judgment on yourself. The U.S. authority says it is illegal to cross onto U.S. soil without legal documentation. Once a person steps onto U.S. soil illegally, they are at that point an outlaw. They may get illegal documentation, driver’s license, etc., and live here until they die. But, they will die an illegal and perhaps they will have escaped man’s law, but they will never escape the judgment of God. I say to all illegal immigrants, turn away from being illegal. Go back wherever you come from. Turn yourselves in or whatever it takes, so you can be forgiven by God. It is not worth it to gain the whole United States and lose your very soul. For all those who aid immigrants: you are breaking the law. Stop it. Obey God and you will be blessed.
Eat at your own risk
I want readers to answer this question. If you went into a restaurant and ordered a certain dish that the chef has prepared, but he won’t eat the meal, and he won’t let the kitchen staff eat that meal, and won’t let the waiters and waitress out front eat it and he won’t let his friends and family members eat that meal, would you eat that meal? Well, Obama and Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid think Obamacare is the best thing since sliced bread, but Obama won’t sign up for it. He won’t let the White House staff sign up for it. Certain unions won’t sign up for it, or don’t have to. And, there are 1,200 businesses that don’t have to sign up for it. What does this tell you? If you can’t eat your own cooking, then it must be pretty bad.
Seems like every time you pick up the Hotline, there is a complaint about law enforcement. One threw a banana peel out the window. One they didn’t think put his seat belt on. You go in on a big drug bust – somebody bringing pounds of methamphetamine in, well, they are over-armed and dressed too heavily. Do these people not realize these men and women go into a combat zone every day? Would they say the same about the military? I am an ex-Marine. These men and women deserve all the respect in the world. Maybe they should stop and think for a moment.
Editor’s note: You make a good point about police wearing body armor and using heavier weapons than we are used to seeing officers carry. The tactical teams often go into situations where the people they are dealing with are using weapons that everyday body armor wouldn’t protect them against.
Call a crackhead
I was just reading the Hotline again with people complaining about police officers. Well, I have a son who is a police officer and puts his life on the line every day going into these meth houses, people making meth in their vans. Why people complain constantly about police officers, I have no idea. When they need help, that is who they call. They don’t call their local crack head. But, maybe next time they should.
This is how ignorant some of the Republicans are. They went after Obamacare and that law had already been passed. They couldn’t overthrow it.
I know where that trailer park is [in the Twin Counties] and the lady who owns it. Miss Fancy Pants is well known. All she puts in it is meth and drug dealers and trash that sleeps with anything with pants on. Miss Fancy Pants, are you Dumpster diving or are you on Easy Street or are you running the oldest profession?
In viewing the picture of the drug raid at the car wash in Galax a couple weeks ago, the only thing missing was Barney Fife on his military surplus motorcycle with his goggles and helmet on.
Editor’s note: I must have missed the “Andy Griffith” episode where the Mayberry police take on the Mexican drug cartel. Or was that in the spin-off, “Breaking Barney?”
Feeling the shutdown
We are supposed to sign up for Obamacare. Well, isn’t that special? I’m a veteran, served my country honorably. I’m unemployed. Can’t find a decent job. Back in school trying to get an education to get a better job and relying on the government check to help fund schooling and get me a marginal amount of money to live on. Now, I don’t even get the checks. They are held because of this shutdown. What are we supposed to do? The country is going to hell in a hand basket and the only ones to blame are American voters. We voted these individuals into office. They are irresponsible and self-serving. They are childish and pathetic. They can’t see what is best for the nation. Forget party lines. Forget all this politics. America is falling by the wayside and we are pushing it into the waste can. Politicians, get off the pot. Just do your job.
This isn’t a complaint in any form or fashion, just a curiosity question. I am reading in The Gazette about the Halloween event downtown. This may have been addressed in your column before. I’m just curious what would happen if a fire broke out downtown and this area is blocked off. I’m sure there are plans been made. I would just like to know what they are.
Editor’s note: The Galax Fire Department has a presence at most downtown festivals, with personnel and equipment. There are plans in place to move barricades and allow fire trucks to reach any fire that might break out.
Promote the positives
This is in regard to people who call in with negative thoughts all the time. They were complaining last year about the flags in Independence not being put up in a timely manner. But, did anyone call and say how nice it was when they got up the fall flags and how pretty they were and what a good job the town’s maintenance department does? People need to also comment on good things, not just always the bad. We need more positive things in our lives.
Feeling the push
They publicize it as Obamacare. Fact is, Obama doesn’t care. The only thing on his agenda is making the United States subservient to the Muslim nation. We are powerless to do anything about it. Congress is impotent and has its hands tied at every turn. Canada and all these others nations, even Mexico, are starting to look better all the time. And to all these people that say, “well, if you don’t like it here, get out,” I don’t see that we have much choice. We are being pushed out daily. It’s Obama’s way or the highway. Well, folks, I choose the highway.
Loud at night
I’m calling for the people that live in the Glendale area next to Cross Ridge Lane and Bee Line Drive. I’d like to ask the people who are playing their music loud at night after 10 o’clock, can you please stop doing that and turn your music down? We all have children in that area that get up for school in the morning and you keep waking them up. We would appreciate it if you would stop playing your music so loud. We can hear it two to three streets over.
It’s not working
I’m calling about this Obamacare. Everybody is supposed to have insurance by March 31, 2014. Well, how can you do that when they signed all our jobs away over to China? Nobody is working. How are they going to afford it and then they are going to penalize you for it? That’s bull. We need to get rid of Republicans and Democrats and put people that are neither one in there and straighten this thing out. You can’t let them fight backwards and forwards.
There is a business portraying itself to have new owners. I think that is a shame to portray, just to try to get business from locals. We all know who owns the business and we won’t be using your facility.
This is an incident that happened a while back. Bunch of congressmen and senators were flying in Air Force 2 across the country somewhere. They were all in a good mood. One of the senators pops up and says, “why don’t we throw a $50 bill out the hatch and hits the ground and it will make somebody happy.” Another congressman pops up and says, “Let’s throw five $10 bills and when it hits the ground will make five people happy.” Another senator in the back says, “Why don’t we throw 10 $5 bills out and when it hits the ground make 10 people happy?” Jack Anderson of the Washington Post, in the back of the plane, pops up and says, “I have a better idea. Why don’t you all just jump out. That way you make everybody happy.”
Smile and remember to have a happy day and don’t ruin someone else’s. A person should be like a watch — open faced, busy hands, well regulated and full of good works. Have a happy day.
The Republicans are getting nothing done but working against the American people, and people are going to remember this when election time comes up. I hope they remember it.
Shove it back
What is it with this so-called president we’ve got named Obama? He shoved Obamacare down everybody’s throat and now he wants the Washington Redskins to change their name because it’s offensive? Who is it offensive to? It’s been that way for years. Why doesn’t he quit butting into the people’s business and take care of his own. Quit trying to rule everybody in the United States. He’s not the ruler. He was elected president, maybe. Who knows? From everything you hear about it, he wasn’t even legal to start with, but he is there. This is not a dictatorship. This is a democracy. That’s what the U.S. was supposed to be built on. We can’t do anything anymore because the government tells you what you can do, when you can do it, how you can do it and why you should do it. Obamacare should be shoved back right back where it belongs.
I live in the Coon Ridge area of Hillsville. They are coming through here with their river water. The supervisors say if you do not take it, you still have to pay or you could be fined. We have good well water — no iron or rust. What are they trying to be, a dictator like this president we have in Washington? This is shoving things down our throat that is unconstitutional. Senior citizens and others are in bad shape now. If other people want it, let them take it. Just leave the ones alone that don’t want it.
I have a family member at a nursing home. I went in one day recently to talk to the administrator. He was late getting there. I waited. He came in. The girl in the office met him at the door. They went into his office and shut the door. I still have not resolved this problem.
I am ashamed of people who are so ready to kick our mayor of Hillsville out of office because they were upset over his election. If you are accused of something you did not do, do you want us all to verbally abuse you instead of standing behind you? Shame, shame.
Get a backbone
This is about the government shutdowns. Everybody wants to point fingers and say, “It’s the government.” We are the ones that voted them in there. It’s time for America to step back and get a backbone and vote some people in there that have some morals and good old-fashioned values.
Todd was right
I want to thank columnist Todd Jennings for his article about farm use tags. Todd, you are 100 percent right. It burns me up, too. I passed a Cadillac going to Galax the other day with farm use tags on it. I see logging trucks not hauling for their farm. I see trucks at the grocery store —they don’t sell horse feed and cow feed and pig feed there. Wish the officers would start pulling people over. Go see what their farm looks like. Then give them a ticket.
Wait and wait
Every time I want to know what the weather is, I turn to The Weather Channel. All I ever get on it is commercials and commercials and I have to wait and wait.
Going to pieces
To the Hotline caller that says, “better pray.” I want to commend that person because that is exactly right. That is bottom line. This world is just going all to pieces because people are neglecting to do what they suggested in that article.
I want to praise the women of Mount Olive Church for the banquet they put on Sunday. It was wonderful and everyone enjoyed it. They even look forward to it from year to year. Thank you and praise everyone.
Time to collect
I was wondering if Carroll County has any intentions of trying to collect the back delinquent taxes. They have been talking about it, but I think that is all they are going to do. It is time to get on the ball.
The other morning my wife and I were going to town on a Sunday morning. We saw the gentleman from the Seventh Day Adventist Church cleaning the curb along in front of the church. Then, two or three days later, we saw the city out cleaning the curb along the four-lane there. I’m here to tell you, the city needs to take some lessons from the people of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, because they have done a really good job. It really looks good compared to what the city did.
On your “one for all” comment on the Republicans and the Democrats, they didn’t have a problem being a one-party deal when it came to Obamacare. They all got exempt from it. They don’t have to fool with it. Check on that, if you like it.
This is to “casting blame” about fast food restaurants not wanting to pay health insurance for their employees and not caring. If the caller knew about Obamacare, they would know it is not the fast food restaurants’ fault. It’s the taxes that Obamacare is imposing on businesses that force them to do this. The taxes on businesses are ungodly to provide workers with healthcare insurance. If they knew the facts, they would know that Obamacare has done more damage and caused more unemployment than any other act.
I do wish they would leave the time one way or the other. I wish they would leave it on Standard Time. I don’t know what idiot wants to keep changing the time. It does say in the Bible, in the last days, they will seek the change of time. I wonder if that’s what the Bible was talking about.
I’m calling about the “not a stitch” comment about naked women. While being a woman, it would probably be nice to see some naked men run up and down Main Street, but most of them have beer pot bellies and who would want to look at that?
Our land has been poached by hunters for years. I have tried to be nice. This year I called the law. If you didn’t buy it and you didn’t pay taxes on it, you have no business on it without permission.
Thank you very much to the caller for the tip on socking away money [to pay taxes]. It does help to put it back.
Not doing the job
I would like to go to Washington, walk right out in front of Congress and tell them, “I don’t work for you, you work for me. You are not doing your job. You are fired. You haven’t done anything for the working man. All you do is fuss between the Democrats and Republicans. You are ruining this country.” They all ought to go home and get in the unemployment line and try that for a while. You are not working for the people. You are not helping the people out.
Wait for a ruling
Regarding the comment for the mayor of Hillsville to step aside, he was charged with a misdemeanor. I would say most of you have committed a misdemeanor sometime in your life. Were you asked to step down from your job? For heaven’s sake, let the man have his day in court.
Today is Tuesday and I understand they are having a rally at the memorial in Washington, D.C., for illegal immigrants. The same place that has been blocked off for the veterans to come to. It is a disgrace to this country. The president has a lot more on his plate than to worry about the Washington Redskins’ name. That is none of his business. That is for the fans. Nothing to do with him. We have about had enough.
Protect Social Security
You people who say you don’t want them to raise the debt ceiling. Yes, we will get Social Security checks if the government shuts down, but if they don’t raise the debt ceiling limit, then we will not get a Social Security check. That is all I have since an insurance company ripped us off where my husband got cancer and passed away. Think about it. It is scary.
Headed to censorship
We are going to be totally censored if, with everything that everybody says, somebody can find something offensive on every aspect of life. If you start censoring everything that everybody finds offensive, we will be 100 percent censored across the board. We won’t be able to say anything. Nobody believes 100 percent of anything you say, and if they are going to censor your right to say it, that is not America. That is not the freedom of speech we are supposed to have. That is a twisted form of it. We don’t want 100 percent censorship and that is where we are headed.
Save a life
I have to travel Virginia 89 towards Fairview from Galax every morning to take my child to Fairview School. It is often very foggy out that way. Sometimes so bad you can hardly see anything. Yet, it never ceases to amaze me just how many idiots you will meet on that road not running with their headlights on. Don’t they have enough sense? Don’t they realize it is other people that can’t see them? Why can’t they just pull their headlights on and make it easier for everyone else? If one of them ever crossed the yellow line, you couldn’t avoid them because you can’t see them quick enough. Turn your headlights on. Maybe it will save a life or save your vehicle.