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Letters

  • An atmosphere of hatred in America

    Mitt Romney said last week if Trump becomes president, it will lead to an  atmosphere of trickle-down bigotry. But the bigots are not waiting for Trump to be anointed; they’ve already started.
    Last week in Indiana, a woman and her two sons tried to drown a black youth while hurling racist insults. At numerous high school sporting events the last two months, students at mostly white schools have started a chant, “Build the wall!” when playing  schools with large Hispanic populations.

  • Crossroads leaders thank community for giving

    The Crossroads Institute leadership team and staff would like to take this opportunity to thank the individuals, families and small businesses that so graciously donated to our capital campaign fund, to date.
    A wall is being dedicated to honor our donors. These funds will be used wisely, following the needs assessment that has been made of our facility. We have partnered with Grayson National Bank to accept capital campaign donations.
    The Crossroads Institute belongs to citizens of Carroll and Grayson counties and the City of Galax.

  • America faces bleak presidential race

    This year, we the people will elect the next president of a divided nation of gutter politics, violence, racial ugliness and hatred.
    The American people continue to be subjected to some of the lowest tactics by the ones running for president. Right now, it seems it will be Donald (empire mogul) Trump and Hillary (follow the emails) Clinton.
    A few now try to figure out which bathroom to use. The woods are out there.
    God made man and woman. Not an “it.”

  • Research shows truth of climate change

    Most scientists, myself included, accept that man-made climate change is happening.
    We have seen the evidence as a result of our work in our various disciplines. The world is getting warmer no matter what any individual chooses to believe. The only responsible choices that we have are: Can we minimize the effects and can we prepare for the already irreversible consequences. If we decide to be irresponsible and ignore the scientific evidence, our lives will be much harder than if we address the issues now.

  • Thoughts from a non-partisan voter

    Vote country not party. Parties can divide. Americans strive to unite.
    See beyond the nose, not just right or left.
    The truth isn’t always politically correct.
    All lives, everywhere, matter.
    Common sense is an intrinsic part of intellect.
    Respect the law. Protest bad policy.
    A “healthy” fear of terrorism is not bigotry.
    Evaluate public’s needs vs “wants.”
    More encouragement of education and initiative vs. automatically increasing entitlements.

  • Have respect for Carroll: stop littering

    My concern and reason for writing is trash and other household objects that are littered on and in the road in the area where I live.
    Carroll County is such a beautiful place to live, yet beer  cans and fast food wrappers, mattresses and other junk litter the roadsides.  
    People decide to throw it out of their vehicle windows for the people and animals in this area to deal with. I thought littering is illegal. Where is the enforcement?

  • Flying tattered flag is disrespectful

    There is a local business with a flag on a pole in such a deplorable state.
    The stripes are torn almost up to the stars. The flag’s red stripes are orange, in addition to our flag being in shreds.
    I was told the owner is a veteran. Last year, his flag was in poor shape and I went there with a free flag, if he would give me the torn flag. He did not want my flag, but did put up another two weeks later.
    Now this year, this flag is far worse than last year’s.
    How can any American with a conscience let our flag fly in shreds?

  • People have lost faith in government

    Not since President Franklin Roosevelt have we seen such a large number of executive orders in only two weeks in office.
    One executive order was signed to roll back the restraints on banking. These restraints were put in place after the financial crisis of 2007-2008. These restraints were supposed to keep big banks from a repeat of 2007 and 2008.
    We have a former chief executive officer of Goldman Sachs who is now secretary of the treasury under Trump. He is Steven Mnuchin and was a cohort along with Bernie Madoff in a scheme to keep people from their life savings.

  • Resource officer sets positive example

    Editor’s note: This letter is in response to a Readers Hotline call published in the Feb. 8 edition of The Gazette. The caller questioned why Grayson County High School’s resource officer was helping with a band class.

  • Health care costs are outrageous

    This is what I call outrageous.
    Let me explain. Today I got one of many medical bills. This one was from LabCorp. They (the hospital), took about 10 blood samples and LabCorp did 12 tests.
    The bill from LabCorp was $2,306. That was to do 12 tests. I find it impossible to believe that cost is justified.
    So, I called LabCorp to get an explanation. The rep told me that $2,306 is what my insurance was billed.
    And if I did not have insurance, that would be “my” bill. But unlike me, the insurance company can negotiate. So, get a load of this.