Readers' Hotline 3/24/14

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Well done
Thanks to the new Grayson County rec director for a job well done. She did an awesome job this basketball season. I have been around that basketball program at the rec center for several years now and I believe this is one of the best years we have had. The schedule was great. We had all makeup games. Everything was on a timely manner. I loved how she just had everything very organized. I appreciate that and a lot of people appreciate that.

Not ideal
If you have had a pizza delivered from a certain place and paid a $3 delivery charge, you probably thought the driver got that, so there is no need to tip. Fact is, they only get half and the owner gets the other half. These drivers provide their own cars and their own gas. Sometimes they spend more than $1.50 on gas to make the delivery. They come out in all kinds of conditions, risking their safety, for your convenience. The owner, on the other hand, does nothing, provides nothing extra, but gets a nice little bonus from his underpaid employee. There is a word for that and I think it is called greed. Think about that the next time you order. Think how it must be to work for someone like that.

Worthy schools option
As a parent, I thank Galax City Schools for the time and effort put into researching a new calendar option. It is not about the days students are at school, but to improve success for all students. Many of the rumors are simply not true. Anyone willing to listen will see that the calendar really isn’t that different. Students will be receiving the same amount of time off as they do now, but the calendar will allow for more immediate remediation for students who need it until waiting until summer school, when it may be too late. Students who don’t need remediation will [can] participate in enrichment activities or have a break. I am grateful to teachers and administration who work to give my child a great education. Our schools are producing quality students who are becoming very productive members of society, many of whom return to our community to serve and work. I can only imagine the individualized instruction provided in remediation and enrichment sessions will give more work to our teachers who already spend a great deal of extra time planning, grading, preparing…

Read about it
If people think they are stirring up a stink about gays and lesbians, they need to read Leviticus 18 where God says it is abomination to God to be gay. I do not believe in it. But they do need to read it and see what hell could be like or what heaven may be like.
Editor’s note: Leviticus 18:22 is often cited in these situations, and it does indeed say “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman,” but it’s interesting to note the many other banned activities listed in that book of the Bible. Some are things many of us do every day. This list from leviticusbans.tumblr.com is by no means a comprehensive one, but things banned in Leviticus include: eating fat (3:17); failing to testify against any wrongdoing (5:1); letting your hair become unkempt (10:6); tearing your clothes (10:6); eating or touching the carcass of an animal which doesn’t both chew cud and has a divided hoof, such as a pig (11:4-7); eating or touching any seafood without fins or scales, such as shellfish (11:10-12); going to church within 33 days after giving birth to a boy (12:4); going to church within 66 days after giving birth to a girl (12:5); marrying your wife’s sister while your wife still lives (18:18); having sex with your neighbor’s wife (18:20); reaping to the very edges of a field (19:9); picking up grapes that have fallen in your vineyard (19:10); holding back the wages of an employee overnight (19:13); perverting justice, showing partiality to either the poor or the rich (19:15); spreading slander (19:16); seeking revenge or bearing a grudge (19:18); mixing fabrics in clothing (19:19); cross-breeding animals (19:19); planting different seeds in the same field (19:19); eating fruit from a tree within four years of planting it (19:23); trimming your beard (19:27); cutting your hair at the sides (19:27); getting tattoos (19:28); not standing in the presence of the elderly (19:32); mistreating foreigners (19:33-34); using dishonest weights and scales (19:35-36); working on the Sabbath (23:3); and selling land permanently (25:23).

Interesting vote
I find very interesting the vote by the Grayson County Board of Supervisors about the nepotism ban. For one thing, Supervisor Brewer’s wife was on the planning commission in Grayson County. So, he is very well versed in nepotism because at the time he was a supervisor and she was on the planning commission. So, it is interesting that he would vote against the nepotism ban. I just want to bring everybody’s memories up to date.

No good
These so-called antihistamines they sell on the market are nothing but a rip-off. They are no good and for sure the ones the Veterans Administration sends are no good.

Uneven pavement
If you are traveling east on East Stuart Drive and turn on Hanes Road to go to Glendale Road, there are about 20 feet before you get to Glendale Road, there is a patch where the city has worked on the road. It’s about maybe 1½-foot wide and maybe half a lane long. When they patched it back, the surface of the road is different. The patch is at least one inch lower than the road level. So, if someone was to hit that and knock their car out of line, who is to pay for that? The city for its ineptitude? Great day in the morning. An idiot can see how bad it is. It jars if you don’t watch it. You have to veer around it. Please, Galax, dig in there and get it fixed.

The greatest
I want to commend the person who called in about former President Roosevelt. If you read our history and all the programs he implemented, such as Social Security, which benefits us today, everyone will really appreciate this man as our greatest president.

Changed viewpoint
I’m calling as a former strong supporter of zoning in Grayson County. Although I have not attended any zoning meetings, after reading comments in letters to the editor in the paper, I am now completely opposed to zoning and support the three supervisors that oppose it. I came to this conclusion mainly because of who has been outspoken in supporting zoning. I do not respect their thoughts nor ideas on this topic in Grayson County.

Did nothing
Hillary Clinton is self-serving [in her comments about allowing] Americans to die at the hands of a crazed Arab mob in a U.S.-owned compound in Benghazi, and did not lift a finger to help them.

I have a comment on these women and girls out here living with sex offenders. They need to keep a close watch on their little girls and boys because if a sex offender does it once, chances are, he is going to do it again. So, I am just warning you people. You better watch out.

Try sharing
With the City of Galax planning on building an aquatic center where people can go and swim and have a good time, it doesn’t make sense for Carroll County to put in a water park. If they put in a water park outside, they can’t use it but maybe two months out of the year. It is too cold anymore. They need to save that money and put it to other uses. Galax, Carroll County and Grayson can use the aquatic center in Galax. They don’t need anything in Carroll County.

Jobs first
Supervisor Sam Dickson needs to think long and hard before he plunges too deep in the water park. I know he is hot for it. I will agree it will be nice. But, Carroll County can’t afford it. Think about how to locate jobs in the county. A lot of people are struggling to even pay taxes and keep food on the table. It costs a lot to send our children to school. Sam wants a water park. A lot of us would like to have a nice new car and a new house. But, we can’t afford it. Just like Carroll County can’t afford a water park. Jobs come first.

Pastel, please
Good news. Sure hope everything goes well with the water park. My grandchildren have been going to Dublin water park on summer break from school. I would love to see the downtown paint all the storefronts with different pastel colors like the store we saw in a town on the way to Virginia Beach. Everything looked so nice and clean. They just painted the front of the store, not the sides. It’s a whole lot like Frost Insurance — light colors like blue, yellow or pastels. It would really brighten downtown Galax up. Good luck with the swimming pool.

Coyote bounty
I don’t understand the Grayson County supervisors’ concern about coyotes wiping out deer. I think the new guy supervisor, Rosenbaum, is just trying to make himself popular with a coyote bounty. A few years back, somebody got a kill permit and slaughtered some 300 deer in western Grayson County and just plowed them under. But, I still see herds of deer grazing in my neighbor’s pasture. They wipe out his garden. We have plenty of deer meat on our table from our neighbors, and even this time of year I generally see at least three deer when I drive back from Independence to Gold Hill. We have worse trouble with raccoons, which coyotes eat, than we do with coyotes.

Parade boycott
I just turned the TV on the CBS Morning show and it is talking about the mayor of Boston didn’t march in the St. Patrick’s Day parade and the mayor in New York isn’t marching in it because the gays, lesbians, bisexuals can’t march in it holding a banner. Do people not know that this country is built — they come to this country so they could have religious freedom and it states in the Bible, man shall not lay down with man and woman shall not lay down with woman. Can they not read God’s word? Where do they think they are going to end up when they die? I don’t think I am going to be seeing them in Heaven.