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Shaking with laughter
The mystery of the trembling building in Richmond has been solved. Several times during the last year, this building has been seen shaking, though no earthquake was near. Turns out this building is one from which the state sends grants and one small town especially tickles the grants people and they laugh when it is mentioned. That town is Fries, noted for trying to do silly things with grants. When everyone on all floors laughs, the building shakes and the taxpayers are protected. The Fries Town Council’s handling of a $1 million grant to fix up downtown Fries created a huge uproar and almost brought the building down two years ago. Will council ever straighten out the mess they made of that?
The editor’s note on the [call suggesting] administrative leave for [Carroll County’s assistant administrator] missed the point. Nikki Shank should not have been put on administrative leave because she was accused of anything. Rather, she should have been put on administrative leave because of her complaint against Supervisor Bob Martin. A supervisor should have full access to county offices and full access to ask questions until the court determined if there was any basis for Shank’s complaint.
This is a response to “sad day.” By the term “politician,” I am not sure if you are referring to the school board or the supervisors. The present school board was voted in because the voters of Carroll County wanted a different school atmosphere. Subsequently, two administrators have turned in their resignations. The school board did not fire them. You will have to ask them why they resigned. By the term politician, maybe you are referring to the board of supervisors and county administrator who set the amount of money the schools get but now they also want to approve how it is all spent. If the supervisors want to run the school why do we also need a school board?
Posing as farmers
About the caller who talked about farm use tags — this is getting to be ridiculous. I don’t understand why our police officers can’t do something about this. I pay over $1,000 a year for my truck tag and here these people are running up and down the road in cars with a farm tag they bought at Tractor Supply or Walmart. I even saw a red Tracker with a farm use tag on it.
It never ceases to amaze me that in this, the 21st century, we have so many bigots when it comes to homosexuality. And, they continue to defend their bigotry by quoting from a book of fairytales, fables and myths written by a bunch of goat herders 2,000 years ago.
I would like to know how many citizens of Grayson County will be arrested for not paying their personal property tax and trash pickup bill. I know the warrants for their arrest have been sent out through the postal mail. Do we still live in a democratic society where a citizen can be locked up for not paying for their trash pickup and their personal property taxes?
All Americans should know that Barack Obama has endorsed a ban on the manufacture, sale and possession of all handguns. He also voted to ban single-shot and side-by-side shotguns. President Obama has even opposed efforts to protect Americans from prosecution if they use guns in their homes for self-defense. Please vote according to the best interest of all Americans.
Editor’s note: Mr. Obama (or his staff) as a state Senate candidate in 1996 answered a questionnaire by saying “yes” to the question, “Do you support state legislation to ban the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns?” According to FactCheck.org (http://factcheck.org/2008/09/nra-targets-obama/) a spokesman for his 2008 presidential campaign said that staff “ unintentionally mischaracterized his position” in filling out the survey and that he never saw it. A report by CBS News during the presidential race said Obama regularly supported gun-control measures, including a ban on semiautomatic “assault weapons” and a limit on handgun purchases to one a month. As an Illinois state senator, he opposed letting people use a self-defense argument if charged with violating local handgun bans by using weapons in their homes, CBS said. Others, in contrast, saw the issue as “a fundamental question of whether homeowners have the right to protect themselves.”
It ought to be a flat $2,500 fine for littering and a driver’s license taken for six months because it is a moving violation. I tell you what. These people that live like that, I would hate to go around their house. I wouldn’t go.
Position of authority
My, my. Our beloved supervisor from Pine Creek has shown himself again. Now the school board wants to place him once again in a position of authority, as a principal. Can he control himself [and] deal with all the problems that arise daily? Maybe they should just leave him alone where he is, hidden in the hierarchy of the school board administration.
In school, if children call each other names like, “liar, liar,” it is called bullying. Perhaps Carroll County Board of Supervisor Bob Martin needs to look at his own choice of words toward Ms. Shank. That’s bullying, and I do not want my children going to a school where the principal or teacher or anyone else calls people names. It’s bullying in today’s society. You have once again made Carroll County look embarrassed. You need to retire from school and resign from the board of supervisors.
Is that a new asphalt plant I smell in the Town of Hillsville near the high school?
I just wanted to comment about how nice the football field looked for Grayson County High School’s graduation. It looked beautiful.
Apples and oranges
This is in response to “not following the Bible.” The Bible also states you cannot wear clothes of mixed fabrics, so tell me why it is okay to wear cotton/polyester shirts but not for people who are in love to get married.
This is in response to “free enterprise.” When President Bush took office, gas prices were $1.51 in 2000. When he left prices in 2008, gas prices were $4.03. Do you really think gas prices were going to stay at $1.51? The president doesn’t really have anything to do with that.
Editor’s note: Mr. Bush left office in January 2009 (not 2008), at which time gas cost $1.87 a gallon. The New York Times reported that in February 2001, just after Mr. Bush took office, the average price of regular gasoline was $1.45 a gallon. By June 2008, that price had risen to $4.05. Near the end of the Bush presidency, prices had fallen back to $1.69, then stood at $1.87 when Mr. Obama took office.
Lacking a pool
I find it interesting we can have a bypass to nowhere in Carroll County but we can’t afford a swimming pool for the kids. I think the town needs to certainly step up leadership.
Editor’s note: Funding for the bypass came from state sources and was a state decision.
No fan of fluorescent
I have found out that fluorescent light bulbs do not last as long as advertised. They are a rip-off.
This is to the person that called the Hotline about the “cat stew.” You sound like a real jerk. Are you the one that dumped the cat and could care less if that cat ever made it? People that have no feelings for animals are cruel. I don’t like anybody that doesn’t like animals, because animals can’t fend for themselves.
Burden to bear
The recent car show [in downtown Galax] was a great turnout this year but I feel the city didn’t really foresee the turnout and didn’t provide accordingly. The music was sketchy. There wasn’t enough entertainment for the festive atmosphere we were trying to promote. It was sad that they didn’t provide portable toilets. Local merchants had to bear the burden of all these folks needing to use the restroom and depleting our supplies and causing extra labor for us to clean restrooms for the crowd, even though the crowd is not shopping or buying anything. They are just milling around looking at the cars. I know the promotional aspect is to build up the downtown business base, but I don’t think it is accomplishing that effect. It is just wearing your merchants out. It’s a burden for merchants to be blocked from their business and for patrons to be blocked from businesses for these car shows.
On the phone
It’s a shame that we had to work in the factory and they say no cell phones whatsoever, but the bosses can walk around with a cell phone stuck in their ear. Yet, they have a two-way radio. What is going on?
Editor’s note: For people in production, couldn’t the use of cell phones on the job be a safety issue?
This is a reply to “quick to judge” in the Hotline last week. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.
I, too, found the “cat stew” comment in the Hotline offensive. We most recently had our pet cat blown to bits by a warped-minded neighbor. People who do such cruel things deserve the same treatment.
I’m calling in reference to “why so insecure?” Maybe you should read in the Bible where it says homosexuality is an abomination and God will not accept it, so why should our nation accept it? That’s what’s wrong with our country now. They have taken God out of it and replaced it with man-made laws. It has an effect on our whole country, not only individuals.
I’m calling about the conflict of interest issue about the Fancy Gap water/sewer project in Carroll County. If we go by the paper saying it has been settled, then why are the inspectors for Nehemiah Engineering still unemployed?
Editor’s note: The Carroll Public Service Authority approved a motion asking staff to let Fancy Gap utility project funding agency Rural Development know about Joshua Hendrick, also the Laurel Fork supervisor, resigning from Nehemiah Engineering. That is where the matter remains.
I was flabbergasted when reading “doesn’t claim him” in a past Hotline call. Carroll Supervisor Martin isn’t the embarrassment. The [problem] is the administrator and assistant. Of course Mr. Martin would, as you say, “ventilate” on TV. A body language expert would probably tell you an innocent person would exhibit such behavior. I am of the belief Shank and Larrowe have their own agenda.