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Letters

  • Tax dollars, grants not spent on county’s top priorities

    I am the main target for a recent letter to the editor concerning grants at Twin County Airport.
    Federal income tax payments go into the general revenue fund. Feds then use some of your taxes and provide money for state grants. You don’t pay back grants because it’s your tax money.
    More than $7 million. Two airport board members have bragged over these grants and there were more grants prior to these.

  • Littrell has worked to improve district, county

    It seems like voting day, Nov. 7, is just around the corner.
    I must rush to get my cents’ worth in on a candidate that has represented me and my friends in the Pipers Gap area of Carroll County for a great number of years.
    He reared his three girls in Carroll County where they attended grade school, intermediate and high school.
    He has a keen mind for attending to the affairs of our beautiful area here in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

  • Wealthy profit from division among citizens

    Taking a knee is courageous, patriotic and very effective in focusing our attention on one of our most cruel injustices.
    Police are shooting and killing unarmed black men and boys. To those who still remain critical of taking a knee, I recommend viewing the Now This Politics video “News Anchors Tell Trump What Patriotism And The Flag Really Mean.”
    We European Americans have been in control of this republic for 228 years and we have failed to achieve our immortal declaration, “all men are created equal!”

  • High number of packages delaying mail delivery

    This letter was addressed to Galax postal customers:
    I wanted to send this out to hopefully answer some questions that you might have about your mail delivery in the upcoming weeks.
    The Postal Service just released some figures from our fiscal year 2017. Mail volume such as magazines, catalogs and first class letters has declined 3.6 percent, while our package volume has increased 11.4 percent compared to last year.
    Due to the number of packages we do receive, your mail delivery will not be at your normal time.

  • When local businesses succeed, we all win

    Growing up, I would earn a quarter per chore – a quarter each for washing dishes, dusting, sweeping and more. I pocketed the quarters, hopped on my bike and rode four blocks to the main thoroughfare in my town of 1,000.
    I would peruse toy racks at the pharmacy and hardware store; drool over bulk candy at the grocery store and the flower shop; and peer at notepads in the glass case at the newspaper office. These locally-owned businesses received all of my hard-earned quarters.

  • Close the gap between people and government

    I went to the thrift store and found a really nice sweater.
    While I waited to pay, I watched the family in front of me — a little boy about age 4 with his parents.
    They had a shopping cart with several bright-colored plastic toys and the little guy was just bubbling over, he was so happy.
    He pushed the empty cart back to the rack while the toys were being rung up. His daddy helped him steer. He was not smiling.
    His wife was waiting patiently at the counter, his boy was overjoyed, and shame was rolling off him. You could feel it.

  • Electoral change could balance power in Virginia

    Virginia is a biphasic state, actually a commonwealth, with Northern Virginia in the political and financial sphere of Washington, D.C.
    Truly, the population density and wealth of the commonwealth are mainly in the James River area northward, up until and abutting the Potomac River on the south of the Potomac.

  • Pay attention to billing for wellness visits

    As a self-pay patient I feel it’s my responsibility to spread the word so everyone is aware of something I feel is new in the wellness visit billing world.  
    I took my daughter for her wellness visit to a local doctor’s office. During the visit the doctor asked the traditional questions, which I answered truthfully.
    When the bill came I realized we had been billed for a wellness visit ($120) and a sick visit ($151). I called to explain that this must be a mistake, as it was one visit and my daughter was perfectly healthy.

  • Boatman has aided community for years

    I would like to say a little about Phil Boatman, supervisor candidate for Pipers Gap District.
    He has really helped my family out in time of need during my three surgeries.
    He has taken me to my appointments, brought food to the family and called and checked on us to see if we needed anything.
    He has helped out several couples that were in need of things.
    He has also been high in Boy Scout ranks when his sons were in the scouts, holding district positions.

  • Delegate endorses Littrell for another term in Carroll

    On Nov. 7, citizens of Pipers Gap District will be going to the polls to vote for their representative on the Carroll County Board of Supervisors. I strongly urge each of you to consider re-electing Dr. Tom Littrell.
    Dr. Littrell has worked tirelessly during his time on the board of supervisors to promote growth, economic development and improvement to the quality of life of all residents of the Pipers Gap District.