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Letters

  • Hold town halls on healthcare

    The Affordable Care Act and the newly proposed American Health Care Act are too confusing, much too expensive and they fail to cover millions of Americans.
    Shame on our Democrat and Republican representatives!
    On the campaign trail, President Trump promised great healthcare for all Americans at a much lower cost. Pathetic!
    The good news is that “we the people” are way ahead of our representatives and our president. Polls show that more than 60 percent of us want a single-payer healthcare system run by the people.

  • Council member clarifies stand on GES expansion

    After reading the article in Monday’s [March 27] paper and speaking with multiple citizens, I do not feel as though what I stated in the Galax City Council meeting was clearly represented.
    I do want the elementary school to be built, I just disagree with council in how to pay for it.

  • Pay close attention to your medical bills

    I have complained and complained about this fraud. And yet I have not found anyone who can, or will, do anything about it.
    But I will “not” just let it go. This is first degree fraud if there ever was such a thing as fraud.
    JC Penney, Sears, and others were recently ostracized on national news for  “fake” sales. And rightly so.
    But what LabCorp and Anthem insurance did to me (and no doubt to thousands of others), was (without exaggeration) ten times worse.

  • Energy efficiency can help rural families save money

    Families below the poverty line spend 8 percent of their income on electricity, a much larger proportion than higher income families, according to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy.
    And in rural areas, 17.7 percent of families live below the poverty line, as noted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
    Energy efficiency provides an affordable way to decrease power consumption and electric bills. Developing local renewable energy generation also keeps hard-earned dollars in the state and brings new economic development to rural communities.

  • Astronaut candidate appreciates hometown for encouragement

    Editor’s note: Last year, The Gazette profiled Sara Bedsaul Hiza, a Galax native who had applied to NASA’s astronaut program. Hiza works for Lockheed Martin Space Systems as program management director of fleet ballistic missile propulsion, structures, ordnance and controls. Here, she writes to thank those who offered support and encouragement in her endeavor.

  • Budget cut could be harmful to Twin Counties

    As someone who was born and raised in Grayson County, I take a personal interest in the wellbeing of the region.
    Among many topics nationally that concern me in terms of the impact on the Twin Counties, the recent federal budget proposal is one.
    This budget seeks to reduce funding to numerous agencies, including Community Development Block Grants, the Appalachian Regional Commission, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

  • Political apointees are not civil servants

    In response to Kathy Cole’s March 6 letter about civil servants…
    She is correct in saying that President Trump sees the executive branch as his personal employees whom he can replace for any reason. This is to ensure that all political employees are in tune with his agenda.
    So Sally Yates, the acting attorney general, was not a civil servant, but rather a political appointee of President Obama’s and would have been replaced within a week or so.

  • Congressman needs to attend town halls

    Our last Congress was the least productive in American history and its favorability rating was the lowest ever!
    Rep. Morgan Griffith’s job is to represent “we the people,” and in order to do that, he must hear our voices by scheduling town hall meetings throughout his district.
    We have many serious problems which have intensified and they can only be solved by “we the people” getting Involved!

  • 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.