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Letters

  • Reader shares thoughts on gay marriage issue

    After reading the Oct. 29 Readers’ Hotline with 14 responses criticizing the newspaper for the audacity to show a gay couple’s wedding on the front page, the first thing that comes to mind is why do these people think that only they have the right to free speech and not the news media?

    I call that being a hypocrite, pure and simple.

  • In hard times, still find reasons to be thankful

    Here we are at the holiday season where we give thanks for what we have and remembering that our Lord still lives.

    This country and all its riches still lag far behind in hunger, homelessness, growing bickering and incidents of death caused by violence and an evil heart upon children and the elderly.

    The losers and rejects of society continue to cause pain and heartbreak. A recent report showed more than two million children are homeless and no place to call home.

  • A slap in the face of law enforcement

    In Waynesboro on Feb. 7, a young police officer was on his way to see his baby daughter when four members of the “Bloods” gang killed him in cold blood.

    The trial is set for March 2015.

    The chief law enforcement officer in our country, Attorney General Eric Holder, has ordered that the death penalty be taken off the table [as a possible sentence if a conviction if obtained].

    The pretrial hasn’t even taken place and he has passed judgment.

  • Nursing home residents enjoyed visit from children

    One would think that 350 children trick‑or‑treating through a nursing home would be a scary experience, but it wasn’t on Halloween at Grayson Nursing and Rehabilitation.
    The center welcomed children and their families into the facility for a night of sugar‑induced fun.
    Were there smiles? Yes.
    Were there fun costumes and residents dressed up as well? Yes.
    Were there 95-year-olds interacting with toddlers? Yes.
    Were there veterans of the Army and Navy greeting their little grandchildren? Yes.

  • Ministry working with those receiving high power bills

    Our phones at PUSH Ministries have been flooded with calls about power bills.
    Appalachian Power has now decided if a bill is not paid on the exact date, no grace period, an additional deposit will be assessed.
    We have seen additional deposit requests from $160 to 900. This is not because power is ready to be disconnected, only because it is past the date due.
    APCo also has applied for a 17 percent rate increase.
    After investigating, we have found that American Electric Power stock is one of the most lucrative in the market right now.

  • Reader remembers former band director

    I enjoyed the article about Joe Gollehon, first band director at Independence High School and VADAR award winner.

    As my old bandmates at Galax High School will recall, he was also our director temporarily.

    The GHS band director had resigned and Gallehon agreed to fill in until a permanent director could be found.

    Not only was he an excellent band director (and a superb trumpet player) but also a genuinely nice person.

    We were fortunate to have him for part of the 1957-58 school year.

    Tom Stone

  • What is the government doing in our bedrooms

    The public, at least the segment that takes the time to express their opinions to The Gazette’s Readers’ Hotline, is sure upset about the coverage of the gay marriage issue.

    I’ll agree and disagree at the same time. The court ruling needed coverage. Maybe not front page, but coverage nonetheless.

  • Sheep & Goat Club appreciates coverage

    We want to thank your paper for your support of the New River Valley Sheep & Goat club with the printing of the article on our club and highlighting its Oct. 18 sale.

    Many members saw the article and they were thrilled with it. The show was a success, with 18 farms participating from around the region and more than 250 people attending.

    Many people mentioned having seen the article in The Gazette and some came carrying your paper!

  • Leaving trash behind at game was thoughtless

    Fifty-five plastic bottles, 36 Styrofoam cups and containers, 23 used napkins, 19 candy wrappers, 11 plastic bags.
    These are the items left behind by thoughtless Galax Maroon Tide fans after the game at Fort Chiswell on Oct 17.
    It was embarrassing to see how much trash was left sitting in the visitors’ stands, especially given the fact there were two large, almost empty trash cans in the stands that people had to pass by as they exited.

  • Reader offended by Gazette's coverage

    It seems like the people whom are going to wed in the area should have their photo on the front page of The Gazette from this point on.
    Otherwise, The Gazette is saying that the rights of straight couples are less than those of gay people.
    If this is news, than I did not see it on WDBJ television! Why couldn’t the happy couple be in the wedding section of The Gazette like all the others?
    I hope that the person that decided to place this photo and story on the front page will realize that he or she will be judged by the Creator on the day of judgment.