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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.

  • Community made Halloween Bash a success

    A big thank you is in order to all who helped make our Halloween bash a huge success in 2016!
    The Galax Downtown Association extends its gratitude to sponsors, businesses, organizations and individuals who donated candy, food, drinks, money and time.
    Without your contributions, this event would not have been a success.  We also deeply appreciate the efforts of all our volunteers.

  • Registrar thanks election officials for helping voters

    To the officers of election in Grayson County, thank you so much for all your careful work and patience during the presidential election!
    We sincerely appreciate your effort to give each and every voter a good experience on Nov. 8.
    Many of you had long, long lines of anxious neighbors in addition to some uncooperative voting machines but you helped create confidence and security. It was such a long day, but you kept the voters informed and happy.
    We all are a team in the election process and we couldn’t do it without you. Our hats off to you!

  • Questions about real estate taxes in Grayson

    I have been a landowner and taxpayer in Grayson for some 40 years.
    Initially, real estate tax was paid once a year. As assessments skyrocketed, so did the real tax. After a lot of complaining to the supervisors, Grayson tax payments were changed to twice a year.
    Glory Be!  How responsive were our appointed officials.
    But it didn’t last long because the county ran out of money (poor fiscal management!) the second half of the year and had to borrow and pay interest to get by.

  • Handwriting important for cognitive skills

    Thank you for your Oct. 24 news item on the value of written communication.
    I notice The Gazette photo showed a student using a pencil and paper, as well as a computer tablet. Does this mean, I hope, that Galax schools are teaching cursive handwriting?
    If not, here’s a plug for the process: Learning cursive is great for developing cognitive and motor skills.

  • Confront bullies when they appear

    Donald Trump has denigrated Mexicans, Muslims, disabled and overweight people.
    Since April, teachers across America have reported a rise in bullying, and today, we see white supremacists and racists bullying some segments of the above-mentioned groups.
    This is frightening for those of us who will feel the need to protect these individuals, for it will mean confronting the bully.
    So what’s the solution? We dry our tears, sooth our sick stomachs, release our heartache and confront the bullies when they appear.