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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.

  • Republicans could dismantle social insurance programs

    During his campaign, Donald Trump promised to protect Medicare and Social Security, but we are quickly seeing an administration rushing to dismantle the great social insurance programs that have protected Americans from dire poverty for decades.

    Only a day after the election, Speaker Paul Ryan resurrected his plan to replace Medicare with a voucher program allowing seniors to buy private health insurance.

  • Firefighters commended for a job well done

    In the afternoon on New Year’s Day, a neighbor on my road ignited a large brush pile on his property.

    Even though it was drizzling rain, it soon started to burn out of control. He did everything he could to keep it under control but it sent hot embers onto our house and deck.

    He immediately called Galax Volunteer Fire Department. They quickly responded and soon had it under control.

    I commend the fire department and what a great job they did.

    Thank you, Galax Volunteer Fire Department!

    Curtis Mooney

  • Concert an example of music as a vital part of learning

    Well, if you can’t have bragging rights as a grandparent or parent, when can you!

    The Dec. 11 concert by the Grayson County combined concert groups was fantastic.

    It is an example of what can be done to develop youngsters in so many ways, while building their self-confidence and self-esteem, and learning about working together as a team, to create fun and diverse pieces and works of art.

    Sports receive the most moneyed and media attention, but music is a vital part of learning, and just as important.

  • Resolve to give up eating meat

    The coming New Year’s resolution should be obvious, particularly when it comes to diet: 2017 will go down in history as the year when plant-based meats have revolutionized the food industry.
    A dozen start-ups, led by Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods, are creating plant-based burgers and other meats that are more delicious, convenient, and healthy than the old-fashioned animal-based variety.
    They are backed by tech industry pioneers like Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Google principals Sergey Brin and Eric Schmidt, and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel.

  • Community appreciates law enforcement

    Part of my job as a police chief is to review the activities of the Galax Police Department on a daily basis. As I have for the past 15 years, I recently started a comparison of 2015 to the past two years.
    On a nationwide basis, the public approval of the police profession has suffered through troubling times, and has declined over the past 10 years. It has become increasingly difficult to attract young people to seek a career as a police officer.
    It has been significantly different for members of the Galax Police Department.