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  • Readers' Hotline 10/21/13

    Regulate burning
    I am calling about Robinhood Road. I have neighbors that constantly burn. It would be nice if the city would have some type of ordinance against this type of burning. Some of us that have asthma try to get out and walk and enjoy these great fall days. Yet, these people burn for some unknown reason and pollute the air. It is very difficult for us older people to get out and enjoy our decks and walking because of this constant burning — every single day. I wish the city would do something about that.

  • Readers' Hotline 10/16/13

    Turn away

  • Readers' Hotline 10/14/13

    Non-essential
    Just a thought about the 800,000 non-essential employees that were sent home when the government shut down. If you are saying each one of them worked 8 hours a day, it would be 64 million hours. Times that by just $7 an hour — not even minimum wage — and you get $44,800,000. I wonder where that money is going to go. Is it going to reduce the deficit? That is just for one day, too. And, if it is non-essential, why are there 800,000 non-essential employees?

    Seal of approval

  • Readers' Hotline 10/7/13

    Nonchalant
    September has come and gone and Carroll County has still not kept its promise to publish the list of delinquent taxpayers in the county, some of which date back 20 years. It is almost tax time again and some of us are thinking seriously about not paying ours. In Carroll County you don’t have to worry about a tax collector.

    Sock it away

  • Readers' Hotline 10/2/13

    Out the window
    On Sept. 21, I was following a vehicle with a sign attached to let us all know the person was a mail carrier. Something came flying out the postal carrier’s driver window. I looked to see what it was. It was a banana peeling. Does our mail carrier, just because they are a mail carrier, think they are above the law? Evidently, they do. It was at 10:14 a.m. Editor, please don’t mark out part of what I said. I would appreciate it very much because littering is a crime and it doesn’t make the roadsides very attractive, either.

  • Readers' Hotline 9/30/13

    Editor’s note:
    A 75-year-old caller published on Sept. 23 asked how to get advice about healthcare — “where are we supposed to go for help when we can’t pay that co-payment?” The Gazette was contacted by Debbie Spencer of the District Three office after reading the call. That office can provide advice about such matters. She may be contacted at (276) 783-8157.

    Who appointed?

  • Readers' Hotline 9/25/13

    Check it out
    I’m calling in reference to the article you had a week or two ago about Ricky Bryant singing bluegrass. He is selling CDs now. I bought one. There is a phone number on my CD — (276) 233-4867 to reach him to find out about buying his CDs. I just thought you music fans would want to know. The CD is very good.

    Lead by example

  • Readers' Hotline 9/23/13

    Driving around
    I’m just wondering why it was okay for town councilman David Young to drive the town police department’s electric car around the Hillsville flea market [with his wife]. Is this practice ethical to use town property? Plenty of people saw it. I’m sure plenty of others would have liked to use it. Isn’t there a policy in the town on equipment being used for personal use?

  • Readers' Hotline 9/18/13

    Doesn’t qualify
    I believe in supporting all veterans but sometimes I wonder about the Wounded Warrior Project. I am a disabled veteran myself. I get a check every month and I know for sure a lot of World War II veterans didn’t even file their claim. They were wounded and didn’t even file a claim until they retired. So, I wonder about this Wounded Warrior Project. They all get checks, or are supposed to.

  • Readers' Hotline 9/16/13

    Right decision