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A big thank you to the council member that voted no to the sale of wine at the Leaf & String Festival. Thank you, [Vice Mayor Willie] Greene. Way to go. Stand up for your principles. Stand up for your morals. We need more of that in politics. We don’t need beer. We don’t need wine at these downtown festivals. Not necessary.
Time for action
In response to “still a mess.” Really? Bush did not lie about Iraq. He specifically told the public they were going on information obtained from other nations who still stand behind their intelligence reports. And, we were attacked. Have you forgotten about the thousands of Americans that were murdered on Sept. 11? Let’s say a business — McDonald’s, Vaughan Furniture, even Apple — had terrible years and they fired their CEO and hired a new one. Don’t you think after five years of no improvements, you would have to admit the new guy is just as bad or worse than the old one? Does he not learn from other mistakes? Why have terrorist attacks increased since Obama has been in office? Why is the unemployment rate still hovering about three points higher than the Bush years? The rest of the world is scared to death of what we are doing — non-stop printing money, trying to prop up the charade that our economy is great. I’m tired of a president that is always on vacation or playing golf. No wonder he takes no responsibility in all the scandals of his administration - he is never governing. He acts like he is surprised about the despicable actions of the people he has appointed. He is always saying he is concerned or deeply troubled, but there is no action. When is he going to show up for the job and do something?
Hand in hand
It made me sick to my stomach when I saw a man marrying a man on TV today. This country that keeps going on with that, we have no way to go but down, down, down. Everybody seems to have forgotten about Sodom and Gomorrah and what happened to those people.
My granddaughter is supposed to start in college this coming year. Republicans are trying to raise the college fee on everybody. All the Republicans do is work against the American people. The Gazette probably won’t print that because when you say anything about a Republican, they won’t print it.
Editor’s note: While it is incorrect to say there is an attempt to raise college fees, there is a debate about interest rates charged for student loans. The Republican position in the U.S. Senate, as explained in a June 4 op-ed in the New York Times, calls for legislation that would tie federal student loan interest rates to the 10-year treasury rate (currently 1.75 percent), plus 3 percentage points to cover the costs of collections, defaults and other risk factors. That would benefit students and families by cutting rates on almost all federal student loans to a little less than 5 percent for the coming school year, the GOP said.
Take it outside
I am calling with a suggestion for the Galax City School Board. Here it is a beautiful day. It’s graduation day. They are planning to have the graduation inside the hot gym where people, I understand, have passed out previously due to the heat. I know there is a lot of work that goes involved in setting up outside and then it storms. But, I think we should consider the community. I think that one person in particular controls this issue and I think that needs to be looked into by the city schools. It’s what the community wants. It’s what our students want. Everyone wants an outdoor graduation and we are stuck in a hot gym. Come on, school board. Go to bat for us.
I want to comment about the swimming pool at the Fries Rec Center. They appoint somebody and that one person can make rules. They have a rule now you can’t even have the pool noodles in there. The noodles are made out of Styrofoam for God’s sake. How are they going to hurt anybody? The claim is that people hit other people with them and hurt them. If someone hits someone with one, fine, ban that one. Don’t punish everybody else because one does. Appoint somebody over this pool that will work with people and cares what kids want.
I’m so relieved. After reading today how President Obama is stockpiling automatic rifles and billions of rounds of ammunition, what a relief. Heard from a Washington insider that he was out to confiscate my paintball, pistol and rifle collection.
Done to embarrass?
I’m calling concerning the publishing of pictures and names of people arrested [and charged]. Has anyone ever thought “but for the grace of God go I?” This is done, I feel, to embarrass and intimidate families of the people involved. By the way, I, nor my family, have ever been arrested. I just wish this practice would stop.
Editor’s note: Perhaps it’s the nature of some of the crimes in our Arrest Reports feature — shoplifting, DUI, various misdemeanors — that upsets some readers, or maybe it’s seeing a group of photos instead of a single “mug shot,” but printing photos of people arrested for various crimes is a longstanding feature of newspapers all over the world. Those photos and arrest reports are public records, available for anyone to see. It’s interesting that we rarely receive complaints about an individual photo that runs with a story about those arrested for felonies.
I’d like to comment on the beautiful job you did on the article, “Memories on Main.” Just curious as to why you didn’t list all the class winners.
Editor’s note: There were winners in 48 classes. We didn’t have room in that edition to list all the winners, so we listed the two top prize winners.
Do your part
This is in response to “meddling dads.” Maybe if parents would help coach and volunteer their spare time, spend their money for jerseys and hats and trophies, maybe they could get it. Maybe they need to slack off the guys volunteering all this time away from their family and their other kids.
I sit at work during the day and listen to the older women I work with talk about things they used to do and jobs they used to have and the money they used to make. How the cost of living was lower and they were on production. If they made more stuff they got more money. They would say they could really make some money and save some money and that you couldn’t do that now-a-days. Then, they turn around saying they didn’t have that much to pay for. Then, they will say they don’t have any money and that they are always broke. Seems to me, being a younger person now-a-days is a lot harder. I have children. Me and my husband both work and we can barely make it sometimes. Usually we can’t and have to ask someone to borrow money or something. It is really hard on us and then you have all these older people saying they can hardly make it and have nothing to pay for, making the same salary we do.
Just a little note to all the Grayson County School bus drivers, especially the substitute drivers. You may get shafted again. Did you ever wonder why there has been a bus route vacant since Christmas and not filled? I can tell you why. They are going to sneak [someone in]. Instead of starting at the bottom and starting over, he gets to start ahead of substitutes. Sound familiar? This man is of retirement age. There is probably some married man with a family that would like to have this job also. If you school officials wonder why you have no subs anymore and other disgruntled drivers, then here is why.