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Letters

  • 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.

  • We are living in a dangerous world

    What a dangerous world we live in today.
    From the Mideast violence and bloodshed, with so many innocent lives lost for nothing, to the shooting down of an airliner over the Ukraine-Russian border by terrorists that killed 298 souls (80 were children).
    Bringing up the rear: China, Iran, Syria, North Korea, Iraq and Yemen.
    Satan is moving from the four corners of this world, entering the hearts of leaders, people and savages causing death, pain and misery.

  • Spraying of chemicals a source of concern

    Welcome to Grayson County! I found this county 35 years ago.
    It is truly God’s Paradise – not only the geography, but the people here are truly “Heart Folks” — the “natives” and those who have come here in recent years.
    I have had concerns for years and have voiced this concern several times. The highway department continues to spray toxins along New River and its tributaries to kill the weeds by the guardrails, plus shrubbery along all the roadways throughout the county.

  • Computer center is a valuable resource

    For the past month I have been fortunate to be in the Troutdale area enjoying a wonderful mountain escape from my eastern North Carolina hot and humid summer.

    In addition to the friendly folks in the region, I was surprised and thrilled to discover that the Grant Community Computer Center in the Grant Grange Hall has a wonderful computer center with 10 new desktop computers.

  • Stop animal waste pollution by going vegan

    Last weekend the drinking water of 400,000 Toledo residents was fouled by animal waste.

    With unfettered growth of animal agriculture and ineffective discharge regulations, it will happen again in our own state.

    The problem has become pervasive. Waste from chicken farms has rendered ocean off the East Coast unfit for fishing.

    Waste from Midwest cattle ranches carried by the Mississippi River has created a permanent “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico larger than that of the infamous 2010 BP oil spill.

  • Wreck resulted in meeting helpful locals

    Several weeks ago, a friend and I were traveling by motorcycle through your area when my friend dropped his bike and was injured.
    We went to the Twin County Regional Hospital, where we met several helpful people,  with two being memorable.
    One was a local preacher who was at the hospital to comfort a woman whose charge was injured. The other was the same woman who, I believe, is the principal of the school of the injured girl. I’d like to say I remember their names, but sadly, I can’t.

  • Elk Creek residente concerned about crime

    Why hasn’t the rash of recent burglaries in the Elk Creek section of Grayson County been addressed?
    On July 10 between 3 and 9:30 p.m. my home was broken in to. Every spot was checked and jewelry and knives were stolen. I’m not finished with the lost inventory.
    In speaking with neighbors, I discovered there have been break-ins in [multiple] places in Elk Creek and one in Fries.
    Anything that can’t be nailed down is hauled off from homes, barns, garages. Even dogs have offered no protection.