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Letters

  • Public comment crucial to democratic process

    I write this to publicly thank the news and editorial staff of your paper for your response to the letter to the editor by local elected officials in the Dec. 8 edition.
    While I am and shall remain an advocate for any and all opinion, the letter submitted by these generically identified “public servants” was way off base.
    It showed, as well, an increasingly troubling tendency on the part of these “public servants.” A tendency to pay mere lip service to public examination and comment about social and political topics and trends.

  • Hotline creates negative, divisive atmosphere

    Over the generations in our mountain communities, we have learned to get along with people of differing opinions by being civil to one another.  This enabled us to build relationships with our neighbors with more in common with each other and fewer differences.  
    Your Hotline feature increasingly creates a very negative and divisive influence on our community. Lately your callers seem more angry and ill-informed than usual and the intolerant, judgmental religious attitudes are especially shocking.

  • Leaders' request at odds with First Amendment

    In reference to local government officials’ call for an end to the Hotline…
    As a citizen of Galax for 72 years, I read with sadness the letter signed by the mayor and city manager of Galax. I have known, respected and supported both the mayor and city manager until now.
    In my opinion this letter shows disrespect for our community and our citizens by resolving not to address publicly our concerns.
    They speak of the hotline being a disservice to community. The only disservice is the decision not to respond to issues in a public forum.

  • Government officials try to stifle public opinion

    I agree with The Gazette’s response to the letter from local government leaders [regarding the Readers’ Hotline feature].
    Their letter appears to me as an attempt to stifle public opinion and uncomfortable questions these elected and appointed officials would prefer did not come up.
    Many times I will read a comment or issue raised in the Hotline and I have the same opinion or comment and want to hear the answer from these public officials.

  • Best gifts are times spent with family

    The holidays are upon us once again, and parents are searching earnestly for the perfect gifts for children. The focus needs a bit of tweaking.
    A friend’s family surprised her and her husband with a celebration for their 50th wedding anniversary. The tributes by their adult children were heartwarming and impressed upon me what children cherish and remember most from their childhood.

  • 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.