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  • Readers' Hotline 8/6/14

    Harassing orangutans
    We had to pay the Indian people for taking their property. I think the people in the rain forest taking the orangutans’ land where they won’t have any place to go, need to pay big-time, too, or made completely to stop harassing the orangutan animals.  

    Seats for Grayson

  • Readers' Hotline 8/4/14

    Spiffing up
    I was pleased to see the Galax Beautification Committee has re-organized. I have a suggestion for the group. Many years ago, dogwood trees were planted in the center of the four-lane from Fries Road to the city limits at the caution light. They did not survive. However, it would look very nice if the Bartlett Pear trees were planted like the ones that are growing from Country Club Lane to McDonald’s. Also, if you enter town from Route 89 side, it is unattractive. It would be nice if improvements could be made to the south side of town.

  • Readers' Hotline 7/30/14

    Securing the border
    President Obama doesn’t even know how to protect our borders. The governor out of Texas is doing the right thing by sending the National Guard. Obama is working against the American people. At least Gov. Perry is trying to do something about the border when our president is doing nothing about anything.

    WWJD

  • Readers' Hotline 7/28/14

    Have no clue

  • Readers' Hotline 7/23/14

    Don’t fall for it

  • Readers' Hotline 7/21/14

    Out of control
    The U.S. government is out of control and the fault lies on both of the main parties. The U.S. is being sold down the river. Unless we throw out an anchor, we are going over the falls. Big government is not an answer. It is the big problem. The economy of the U.S. is strangled with regulations and unsure taxes and now insurance problems. All the problems come from what were originally good ideas but the results of overzealous leaders have resulted in death of the U.S.

    No free rides

  • Readers' Hotline 7/16/14

    Local soap opera

  • Readers' Hotline 7/14/14

    Vacated
    I have a question for Mayor Crowder and the Town of Hillsville. Why did Greg Bolen get two more weeks of vacation when he resigned, when he has already used his vacation for this year and several years to come?
    Editor’s Note: Town officials confirmed the day after he resigned that Bolen had saved up a little over two weeks of vacation time. This is not an uncommon practice, since vacation time usually must be either taken or reimbursed if it isn’t used. No more calls on this matter, please.

  • Readers' Hotline 7/9/14

    Running a tab
    Concerning the $30,000 owed for school meals, when Carroll County teachers don’t pay for their own kids’ meals and run an outstanding balance, why do they expect anybody else to pay?

    Losing appeal

  • Readers' Hotline 7/7/14

    No access
    I took my kids to Providence School in Fries to the playground the other day. I didn’t realize they had turned it into Fort Knox. Everything is locked up tight. Kids can no longer play on the playground. What do you think about that, taxpayers? We paid for it. Now we can’t use it.
    Editor’s note: The former school is property of the Fries Volunteer Fire Department, which uses it for a substation and to host fundraising events.

    Who’s in charge?