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As a former educator that now lives in an adjoining county, I admire all the accomplishments of the Carroll County Public Schools over the last 10 or 15 years. Great teachers, great programs and great achievements. I’m talking of the rewarding of the STEM school to Carroll. To be the best around is quite an accomplishment for citizens that have 100 or more schools just 60 years ago. I believe you can attribute this to the leadership and vision of the last two superintendents who kept student interests at the center of their goals and did not let politics or other human blocks slow them down. Bravo, Carroll County Public Schools.
To the school seclusion call about the special needs children, this needs to be checked out. This is not right. Another problem that has recently developed with the school systems, I don’t think they should call in a child of elementary age that doesn’t have clothes they consider appropriate and say all this to the child. Maybe they have a family crisis. They should call the children and not speak to the child at all. This child will never get over being criticized about what they have on. This is so unfair and wrong.
Affecting the view
I’d like to know why the police in Independence can’t do something about all these trucks and trailers parked along Virginia 21. We live along here. We pay rent and own houses here. We don’t want to look at this junk parked in front of our houses all weekend. With Christmas coming, that is a real pretty sight having to look out at this junk in front of your house.
I read in The Gazette that the court date for the Oracle Institute lawsuit had been postponed yet again with a bit of explanation by Laura George that the county was close to a settlement with them. Now I see an advertisement for the public hearing with Oracle Institute with the [Grayson] board of supervisors and planning commission. Why has there been no explanation of the change from lawsuit back to public hearing?
Editor’s note: The article explained pretty clearly that the religious discrimination lawsuit against Grayson County is on hold until after the public hearing, which was set for Tuesday night. Both George and county officials say the hearing is a step toward settling the lawsuit. The outcome of that hearing occurred too late for today’s print edition of The Gazette, but you can find a story about it at www.galaxgazette.com.
Pack them in
As a citizen of Grayson County, I would like to know how the school board can afford to maintain a house [for offices] for three employees for the transportation director and two secretaries. I think surely there is room enough up there in that school board that they could move those people so we wouldn’t have to maintain that house over there.
The U.S. is not a good place to live if you are homeless and can’t find a job, no matter how hard you try.
Road needs lines
I was wondering who takes care of Cliffview Road, because they aren’t doing a very good job. From Glendale Road all the way to the trail crossing, all the middle lines are gone. When it rains, I can’t even see where my lane is. There is going to be a bad wreck here. Please paint some lines Galax. Please. I have called and asked many times.
Eight’s too many
Why does the Grayson County School system need eight maintenance people to ride around in school vehicles? I think we would do with less people.
I just noticed the Hotline call, “never ceasing.” I guess whoever called that in could cast the first stone. There are a couple things I have noticed about Democrats. One is, they figure if they tell a lie often enough, it will become the truth. They say Fox News lies, but when you ask them to name one instance, nobody can come up with anything.
Amused by Newt
The best joke I have heard all year is Newt Gingrich running for president.
Don’t be a sucker
There is a scam going around by people saying they are Publishers Clearing House. These people called and tried to get me to send them $1,500 and told me I won over $1 million. I told them when they sent me my $1 million, I would send them $1,500. Then I hung up.
This is for the person who called regarding a leash law in Carroll County. There is none. If you live in Carroll County, dogs have more rights than taxpayers. They can roam the neighborhood, tear up your yard and property, defile your yard and terrorize your kids. You can’t do anything. As for the dog warden, don’t even bother calling him. His typical response is, “Rhere is nothing I can do, Carroll County doesn’t have a leash law.” Been there, done that. If you do something to the dog that hurt your cat, you will have the police at your door because that is illegal. People who own dogs should learn to be considerate of others and their neighbors and teach their dogs to stay at home. Oh wait, that would mean they would have to clean up after them. Never mind.
Not by choice
Regarding the comment about a restaurant closing and [a customer not able to use] gift certificates, if the caller goes to church with the owners then she should know they would not just close a restaurant by choice. They didn’t have a choice and instead of complaining about the gift certificates, she should be praying for the owners that they get back on their feet.
Editor’s note: And if the caller goes to church with the owner, why not just ask them directly instead of calling The Hotline?
Letdown for voters
These people that voted for Obama for president got the most do-nothing president we have ever had. They can vote again, but it won’t do them any good. Michelle might get a big vacation out of it though, like this last time.
Keep Woodlawn School
I think it was a good thing the Carroll County citizens elected some new school board members. Woodlawn School should not be closed. Tear down the old part and rebuild it. Somebody wants all the schools in Hillsville.
Don’t be fooled
In response to “telling it backwards,” looks like the editor set you straight on that. You are the one that is telling it backwards with no idea what is going on. I see the fringe media has got you fooled, too. You need to watch that other station. You might get an education because under the Obama administration unemployment rose from 6.6 percent to over 9 percent. Don’t be fooled. It is still over 9 percent because these people quit looking for jobs. True unemployment is approaching 15 percent. He took over healthcare, he took over automobile manufacturing, home loans, and added regulations that has killed jobs. He has no vision. He has a lot of bad policies. He loves the middle class but that is where he gets his votes because most of them are union members.
Political down payment
The leftists in Washington, D.C., are giving away U.S. citizenship to the offspring of illegal aliens as a political down payment in order to grow a massive and multiplying voter base. In 1993, Sen. Harry Reid introduced legislation to close the anchor baby loophole. But now, he calls folks like us racists and bigots for wanting to do the same thing he wanted to do 18 years ago — protect America from illegal foreign infiltration. Why did he change his mind? Because Democrats saw the political Promised Land — a way to stay in power forever. Alarmingly now, there are 300,000 to 400,000 anchor babies born in the U.S. every year. The leftists know that because an anchor baby is a citizen, it will be indebted for life to the leftists for [public] goodies paid for with our taxes. It’s time to stop this. It wasn’t intended in the 14th Amendment.
Editor’s note: The Pew Hispanic Center released a report last year that 340,000 babies were born in the U.S. in 2008 to at least one undocumented parent. And of all the children of undocumented immigrants in the U.S., about 80 percent were born in this country. There are some people who call for the 14th Amendment of the Constitution to be changed so that anyone born in the U.S. does not automatically become a citizen.
Whoever stole the blond male dog on Stevens Creek Road on Dec. 5, would you please return him because my dad has done nothing but cry all night long. My daddy is 73 years old and thinks the world of this dog. If you read this, please, please return the dog. His name is Rusty and he is about nine months old. If you have a heart, please return him back to Stevens Creek Road.