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Letters

  • 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.

  • Firefighters commended for a job well done

    In the afternoon on New Year’s Day, a neighbor on my road ignited a large brush pile on his property.

    Even though it was drizzling rain, it soon started to burn out of control. He did everything he could to keep it under control but it sent hot embers onto our house and deck.

    He immediately called Galax Volunteer Fire Department. They quickly responded and soon had it under control.

    I commend the fire department and what a great job they did.

    Thank you, Galax Volunteer Fire Department!

    Curtis Mooney

  • Concert an example of music as a vital part of learning

    Well, if you can’t have bragging rights as a grandparent or parent, when can you!

    The Dec. 11 concert by the Grayson County combined concert groups was fantastic.

    It is an example of what can be done to develop youngsters in so many ways, while building their self-confidence and self-esteem, and learning about working together as a team, to create fun and diverse pieces and works of art.

    Sports receive the most moneyed and media attention, but music is a vital part of learning, and just as important.

  • Resolve to give up eating meat

    The coming New Year’s resolution should be obvious, particularly when it comes to diet: 2017 will go down in history as the year when plant-based meats have revolutionized the food industry.
    A dozen start-ups, led by Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods, are creating plant-based burgers and other meats that are more delicious, convenient, and healthy than the old-fashioned animal-based variety.
    They are backed by tech industry pioneers like Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Google principals Sergey Brin and Eric Schmidt, and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel.

  • Community appreciates law enforcement

    Part of my job as a police chief is to review the activities of the Galax Police Department on a daily basis. As I have for the past 15 years, I recently started a comparison of 2015 to the past two years.
    On a nationwide basis, the public approval of the police profession has suffered through troubling times, and has declined over the past 10 years. It has become increasingly difficult to attract young people to seek a career as a police officer.
    It has been significantly different for members of the Galax Police Department.

  • Many miss Bible's message of love, tolerance, forgiveness

    Words matter! A lady told me she was in high school before she realized her school clothes were not purchased at “Mon-Go-Merry-Ward’s,” her immigrant parents’ misnomer for a favorite store. Lincoln’s words, “the mystic chords of memory will swell to a chorus when touched by our nature’s better angels,” softened the bitter hatred of the Civil War.

  • Carroll County registrar thanks electoral officials

    The Carroll County Electoral Board and Voter Registration Office would like to recognize the efforts of the officers of election put forth on this past election day, Nov. 8.
    Your time and dedication to the voting citizens in our county is invaluable. Thank you for your service and a job well done.
    We could not do this without you. We appreciate all you do!
    Dennie R. Shockley, Chairman
    Brenda N. Lindsey, Vice Chair
    Brenda A. Diamond, Secretary
    Kimberly N. Cloud, General Registrar

  • Don't destroy Medicare with private vouchers

    U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, Chairman Kevin Brady of the House Ways and Means Committee, and Chairman Tom Price of the House Budget Committee, who is President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services, are among Republican leaders who support legislation to privatize Medicare by converting it to a “premium support” system.
    I urge your newspaper to editorialize against their efforts to change Medicare to a “voucher” plan that will raise the cost of health care for seniors.