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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.

  • Clinton, Obama beling in 'basket of deplorables'

    Hillary says that half the people who support Trump could be put into what she calls a “basket of deplorables.”
    I guess that shows you who “she” will represent if she becomes president.
    I know it’s not popular nowadays, but I believe in God, and I believe the Bible is His Word.
    Notice that deplorable means, “deserving strong condemnation.” And seeing how God “strongly condemns” what the LGBT community stands for from cover to cover in the Bible.

  • I miss those hills and the baying of the hounds

    In 1939, I was born in Charles Troy Higgins’ house at 211 Painter Street. I always enjoyed Muncey Poole’s articles about him.
    Higgins was chief of police in Galax until 19 May, 1920, when he and other Felts Detectives were gunned down in Matewan, W.Va., as they waited for a train to take them back to Galax.
    I haven’t lived in Galax since childhood, but spent many happy summers there. My aunts and uncles, the Higginses and the Beamers, are gone, except for Geraldine Beamer.

  • Choose vegeterian options in school lunches

    With the new school year starting, parents’ to-do lists are filled with shopping for school clothes, school supplies, and school food.
    That’s right — school food!
    In past years, our nation’s schools were used by the USDA as a dumping ground for surplus meat and dairy commodities.
    It is neither a surprise nor coincidence that one-third of our children have become overweight or obese. Such dietary mistakes at an early age become lifelong addictions, raising their risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke.

  • Collapse of Twin Towers easily explained by physics

    I knew that one day I couldn’t stop myself from commenting on the ridiculous calls this paper gets. In this case, it was a letter by Mr. Jackson [published in the Aug. 22-23 edition], who offered up his conspiracy theory on bringing down the Twin Towers in New York.
    He claims the structures were brought down not by planes and fire, but by microwave-like direct energy weapons, directed via satellite. The actual explanation is not only more plausible, it’s science, not science fiction.

  • Galax postmaster thanks customers for patronage

    Employees at the Galax Post Office take great pride in serving the community of Galax and surrounding areas.
    It is because we love what we do and Galax is such a great place to live and work. Mostly, it is because we serve wonderful customers every day.
    I’ve worked in Galax for 14 years delivering mail and managing delivery. As the postmaster of Galax it is important to me that I communicate to our customers that their concerns are my concerns.