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Letters

  • Meat consumption worse health hazard than Ebola

    U.S., state, and municipal health authorities are working overtime and spending millions of dollars to stem the spread of Ebola, which has killed just one person here.
    Where is the comparable effort to stem the spread of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and other chronic diseases that kill 1.4 million Americans annually and are linked conclusively to excessive consumption of animal products?

  • Adding to life sentence a waste of tax money

    After reading your front page article on Sept. 10 about an inmate serving a life sentence, indicted on a cell phone charge, I have to ask why is my county judicial system wasting my money indicting a man already serving a life sentence?
    Just imagine if he needs a court-appointed lawyer. Then he wants a jury trial. Then the case is dragged out for more than a year — continuances, motions, etc.

  • Imagine a world free of illegal immigrants

    Imagine if our children and grandchildren could have had a country and community to grow and live as we did.
    Imagine if only we had cared enough to have stopped Mexico’s invasion and drugs and occupation.
    Imagine if only our children could have had their American hopes and dreams instead of Mexican illegals.
    Bud Cox
    Galax

     

  • Hillsville is sitting on a gold mine

    If you ask me, Hillsville is sitting on a gold mine.
    I visited the old courthouse where the Allen Tragedy was played out over 100 years ago, and the Hale Wilkinson Carter Home which is steeped in history but badly in need of repairs and renovations.
    This is a wonderful little town in a great location right off a major highway. But to outsiders it has a reputation of nothing to offer but a flea market and thriving drug trade.

  • Save Green Expo was an enjoyable event

    Grayson LandCare’s Save Green Expo held Sept. 13 featured more than 30 vendors and brought together local farmers, businesses and storyteller Danny Wingate with live music, free lunch and children’s activities which showcased local ranching and farming heritage.
    This was a masterpiece of detailed long-range planning. The event was carefully and painstakingly produced by Loren Webster.
    It was the fifth annual event and added much to our community awareness. Kudos!
    Carol J. Waddell
    Galax

  • Convicts should be allowed to donate

    I am one of almost a thousand convicts who reside in Grayson County at River North Correctional Center.
    I was glad to read your Sept. 8 issue, that shows the prison staff here giving back to the community and its kids.
    I’ve been incarcerated now almost 13 years and have resided at five other Virginia Department of Corrections facilities that allowed convicts to participate and donate money every year, along with staff to help with school supplies for the local schools.

  • 9/11 reminds us of first responders' bravery

    I was very honored to be apart of the Sept. 11 memorial service at VFW Post 115 in Hillsville and at the third annual 9/11 Galax memorial held by Twin County Funeral services in Galax.
    We are America, as I heard the Star Spangled Banner and the Pledge of Allegiance during the ceremonies.
    Some take for granted that our first responders are required to answer the calls but these men and women have strong love and dedication in their hearts when they respond to a call.

  • Students' meals should include healthy choices

    With the new school year, parents’ attention is turning to school lunches.
    Traditionally, USDA had used the National School Lunch Program as a dumping ground for surplus meat and dairy commodities.
    Children consumed animal fat and sugary drinks, to the point where one-third have became overweight or obese.
    Their early dietary flaws became lifelong addictions, raising their risk of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

  • An open letter about Galax's new school plan

    We, the Board of Directors of the Galax Historic Foundation, Inc., whose mission is to preserve the city’s historic buildings for future purposeful uses, hereby by unanimous vote, request the City of Galax and the Galax School Board to thoroughly consider all possibilities to restore the historic Galax Elementary School and continue to use it for its original purpose.

  • An argument against climate change

    This letter is in response to a June 2, 2014 article in Time magazine on Tom Steyer, who made a fortune as an investor.
    He met with President Obama for a fundraiser at his home last year. Steyer is a hedge-fund billionaire and a major-league Democratic donor.
    Steyer is convinced that climate changes are the biggest threat facing the world — an argument he made clear to Obama that night, when he pressed him to cancel the Keystone XL oil-sands pipeline.