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Letters

  • Our brave new world
  • 9th District needs better representation

    As I drive by the Crossroads Institute, with a parking lot full of cars or when I visit the Blue Ridge Music Center, which draws thousands of tourists from all over the world, I remember fondly the efforts of our former representative, Rick Boucher, and all he did for our 9th District during his 29 years of service.

  • Have compassion for mother charged in child’s death

    This is concerning my granddaughter and the death of my grandson.
    She has been going through the legal system since this happened almost eight months ago. I think it’s time to give her and her family some time to grieve and heal the best they can.
    People involved in this legal system are trying to make an example out of her... because of a video that a certain person has pushed to get her convicted.
    I think all involved in this should be ashamed. She doesn’t need to be hated and locked up, she needs freedom and compassion.

  • Wealthy profit from division among citizens

    Taking a knee is courageous, patriotic and very effective in focusing our attention on one of our most cruel injustices.
    Police are shooting and killing unarmed black men and boys. To those who still remain critical of taking a knee, I recommend viewing the Now This Politics video “News Anchors Tell Trump What Patriotism And The Flag Really Mean.”
    We European Americans have been in control of this republic for 228 years and we have failed to achieve our immortal declaration, “all men are created equal!”

  • High number of packages delaying mail delivery

    This letter was addressed to Galax postal customers:
    I wanted to send this out to hopefully answer some questions that you might have about your mail delivery in the upcoming weeks.
    The Postal Service just released some figures from our fiscal year 2017. Mail volume such as magazines, catalogs and first class letters has declined 3.6 percent, while our package volume has increased 11.4 percent compared to last year.
    Due to the number of packages we do receive, your mail delivery will not be at your normal time.

  • When local businesses succeed, we all win

    Growing up, I would earn a quarter per chore – a quarter each for washing dishes, dusting, sweeping and more. I pocketed the quarters, hopped on my bike and rode four blocks to the main thoroughfare in my town of 1,000.
    I would peruse toy racks at the pharmacy and hardware store; drool over bulk candy at the grocery store and the flower shop; and peer at notepads in the glass case at the newspaper office. These locally-owned businesses received all of my hard-earned quarters.

  • Close the gap between people and government

    I went to the thrift store and found a really nice sweater.
    While I waited to pay, I watched the family in front of me — a little boy about age 4 with his parents.
    They had a shopping cart with several bright-colored plastic toys and the little guy was just bubbling over, he was so happy.
    He pushed the empty cart back to the rack while the toys were being rung up. His daddy helped him steer. He was not smiling.
    His wife was waiting patiently at the counter, his boy was overjoyed, and shame was rolling off him. You could feel it.

  • Electoral change could balance power in Virginia

    Virginia is a biphasic state, actually a commonwealth, with Northern Virginia in the political and financial sphere of Washington, D.C.
    Truly, the population density and wealth of the commonwealth are mainly in the James River area northward, up until and abutting the Potomac River on the south of the Potomac.

  • Pay attention to billing for wellness visits

    As a self-pay patient I feel it’s my responsibility to spread the word so everyone is aware of something I feel is new in the wellness visit billing world.  
    I took my daughter for her wellness visit to a local doctor’s office. During the visit the doctor asked the traditional questions, which I answered truthfully.
    When the bill came I realized we had been billed for a wellness visit ($120) and a sick visit ($151). I called to explain that this must be a mistake, as it was one visit and my daughter was perfectly healthy.

  • Boatman has aided community for years

    I would like to say a little about Phil Boatman, supervisor candidate for Pipers Gap District.
    He has really helped my family out in time of need during my three surgeries.
    He has taken me to my appointments, brought food to the family and called and checked on us to see if we needed anything.
    He has helped out several couples that were in need of things.
    He has also been high in Boy Scout ranks when his sons were in the scouts, holding district positions.