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  • 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

  • Readers' Hotline 9/11/13

    Drawing the brakes
    I was just calling about drawing the brakes in Galax and all the areas around. We have always had to draw our brakes and even on a horse wagon you have to draw brakes. I guess that’s the reason the garages and wreck trucks stay so full and rescue squads — people don’t know how to draw brakes. Just keep it under control the best you can.

    Let God judge

  • Readers' Hotline 9/9/13

    Don’t touch the gas
    In response to the caller who has to ride the brakes, try not riding the gas pedal. If your car goes more than 25 mph with your foot off the pedal, then a visit to your mechanic might be in order. Your car is a danger to all of us. Try crossing four lanes of traffic on foot or pulling out in front of four lanes of heavy traffic traveling at 45 mph. What’s your hurry anyway?

    SOL decline

  • Readers' Hotline 9/4/13

    Is it fair?
    In regard to the trooper rear-ending a citizen’s car, if I rear-end someone it is an automatic ticket. However, when the trooper rear-ends someone, there are no charges filed. Is this fair?

    Youth in contrast

  • Readers' Hotline 9/2/13

    Radar blues
    I’m calling about “hiding in the bushes.” Back in the 1950s and ‘60s, they used to have a record out that was called “Radar Blues for the Truckers.” It said they were sitting back in the trees in twos or threes waiting for the truckers to come to give them a ticket. Now, they are hiding in the bushes in twos and threes waiting for the lead foots to come on by in the 25 and 35 mph zone in Galax so they can give them a ticket. So, we will all just have to be satisfied.

  • Readers' Hotline 8/28/13

    It’s simple
    This is in response to all the comments about speed traps in Galax and surrounding areas. If you don’t speed, you don’t get a ticket. If you break the law, you should get a ticket. One law is just as important as any other law. Try slowing down and you won’t get a ticket and there is no trap at all.

    Costly change