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Letters

  • Letter writer's opinion not appreciated

    Editor’s note: This letter is in response to a letter from retired pastor John Duvall, which ran in the Feb. 27 edition of The Gazette.

    After reading your rhetoric in The Gazette, I quickly decided I will and most others will take the word of Franklin Graham and Jerry Falwell Jr. over yours any day.
    Why don’t you move to another country and take those other cry babies that said they were moving with you? I will chip in for some gas.
    Maybe the good folks of Comers Rock will just ride you out of town on a rail.

  • Civil servants carry out laws, not executive whims

    President Trump apparently sees the executive branch as his personal employees, who must agree with him and do his bidding or be fired.
    The most obvious indicator was his firing of the acting attorney general when she judged his immigration order as potentially illegal (having not been consulted beforehand).
    He also accepted the pro forma resignation letters of the deputy secretaries at state, leaving a dangerous dearth of experience and knowledge in that crucial department.

  • Have respect for Carroll: stop littering

    My concern and reason for writing is trash and other household objects that are littered on and in the road in the area where I live.
    Carroll County is such a beautiful place to live, yet beer  cans and fast food wrappers, mattresses and other junk litter the roadsides.  
    People decide to throw it out of their vehicle windows for the people and animals in this area to deal with. I thought littering is illegal. Where is the enforcement?

  • Flying tattered flag is disrespectful

    There is a local business with a flag on a pole in such a deplorable state.
    The stripes are torn almost up to the stars. The flag’s red stripes are orange, in addition to our flag being in shreds.
    I was told the owner is a veteran. Last year, his flag was in poor shape and I went there with a free flag, if he would give me the torn flag. He did not want my flag, but did put up another two weeks later.
    Now this year, this flag is far worse than last year’s.
    How can any American with a conscience let our flag fly in shreds?

  • People have lost faith in government

    Not since President Franklin Roosevelt have we seen such a large number of executive orders in only two weeks in office.
    One executive order was signed to roll back the restraints on banking. These restraints were put in place after the financial crisis of 2007-2008. These restraints were supposed to keep big banks from a repeat of 2007 and 2008.
    We have a former chief executive officer of Goldman Sachs who is now secretary of the treasury under Trump. He is Steven Mnuchin and was a cohort along with Bernie Madoff in a scheme to keep people from their life savings.

  • Resource officer sets positive example

    Editor’s note: This letter is in response to a Readers Hotline call published in the Feb. 8 edition of The Gazette. The caller questioned why Grayson County High School’s resource officer was helping with a band class.

  • Health care costs are outrageous

    This is what I call outrageous.
    Let me explain. Today I got one of many medical bills. This one was from LabCorp. They (the hospital), took about 10 blood samples and LabCorp did 12 tests.
    The bill from LabCorp was $2,306. That was to do 12 tests. I find it impossible to believe that cost is justified.
    So, I called LabCorp to get an explanation. The rep told me that $2,306 is what my insurance was billed.
    And if I did not have insurance, that would be “my” bill. But unlike me, the insurance company can negotiate. So, get a load of this.

  • Dangerous times ahead, but America still strong

    2016 was not a year to write home about, where the lows outweighed the highs.
    Violence upon police officers at a record high. Division and hate resulting in death, injury and distrust of authorities.
    A shameful and evil heart brings on pain and misery.
    Politics no better. D.C. (District Clowns) continues to live in a fantasy world of make believe. But there may be a little ray of hope from a new president.
    Make America great again.
    Drain the swamp and fill it with billionaires and people who will go back step with the government.

  • Twin Counties fortunate to have regional cooperation

    I want to thank The Gazette for its Jan. 2 editorial about the cooperation that has lifted Grayson County and its school system out of financial difficulties and put the budget and curriculum on firm footing.
    From my work in the non-profit sector, I see a lot of talented, dedicated people working together for our children and our future, without the partisan divisions that hamper cooperation at the national and even the state level.

  • 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.