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Letters

  • Reader will miss friends after move to Kansas

    To my friends and relatives:
    Thank you, dear hearts and gentle people, for all the good times and laughter that we have shared together.
    Your friendship and love has been as constant as the sun in its journey through the heavens.
    Come to see me. I’ll be in Kansas, skipping down the Yellow Brick Road.
    With love,
    Mae Branscome Bartlett
    Wichita, Kan.
    (formerly of Hillsville)

  • Jewish inmates ask for kosher meals at prison

    I’m writing to let you know that myself and a group of Jewish inmates at River North Correctional Center have filed several lawsuits in Western District Federal Court in Roanoke for religious discriminations and failure to make kosher meals available to Jewish inmates and Christian inmates who follow Biblical dietary laws.
    The case numbers are 7:15-CV-154, 155, 211, 215, and 233. Please feel free to check the facts of these suits.

  • Americans are losing control of country

    Randolph Scott (whom once visited our hometown), Charlie Pride, Mom’s egg custard pie, Martin Luther King, Sunday morning sidewalk, family picnics, Dairy Bar hot dogs and ice cream, Peggy Sue, our American flag, planning for our children’s future and talking with our children of their hopes and dreams.
    On the Fourth of July we observe our Independence. We once cared with pride and with courage.

  • Fries Theater thanks donors for support

    We thank all who came out to enjoy Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Some Enchanted Evening” at the Fries Theatre in support of our restoration effort.
    Many thanks also to the cast and crew of the Galax Theatre Guild and The Arts Council of the Twin Counties for putting on a wonderful show!
    Restoration of the old theatre is ongoing, and we hope to host many events as we work to bring back its vibrancy.
    Don’t forget to come out each Thursday evening for The Crooked Road Jam Session to pick, dance and enjoy our snack bar.

  • Reader appreciated story about Joe Wilson

    The Gazette has done it again. I never knew Joe Wilson, but your June 29 coverage of his memorial concert brought him to life.
    Probably the people closest to him will cut out the news clipping and put it in the family Bible, that’s how good it is.
    That story could’ve been a big pile of gooey sentiment, but it wasn’t.
    Once in a while you print stories that give a nod to the values we cherish here. You let people know what is really important, and I thank you for that.
    Kyle Noble
    Independence

  • Parents choose to home school for many reasons

    I read with interest the comments by the Hotline caller about homeschooling and would like to invite interested families to find out why so many families choose to educate their children at home.
    The homeschooling community is not out to do away with the public school system. My heart goes out to public school teachers, they are definitely not paid what they are worth!
    There are many reasons why parents educate their children at home:
    • individualize the curriculum and learning environment for each child.

  • A tribute to my sister, Robin Hackler

    Several months ago, our family began to see a decline in our beloved Robin’s health. There were numerous doctor visits, tests, and inconclusive results.
    Our worst fears were confirmed when a routine heart catheterization revealed that she would needed heart surgery to correct three major blockages.
    Robin was not allowed to leave the hospital due to her condition, and surgery was scheduled for March 10. That is the day my world stopped, and I quickly realized how quickly life can forever change.

  • Keep Southwest Virginia Training Center open

    I have a subject that is very close to my heart and I’m sure not many Virginians are aware of it.
    There are seven training centers for the mentally retarded in the commonwealth, or were. In Southwest Virginia the training center is still open. However, the residents are being moved out to private industries or private homes as they are called.
    The facility is in Hillsville and it is beautiful, well-staffed and well-managed and includes a medical department, which is well- staffed.

  • Thankful for those who speak out

    Regarding the June 1 Hotline comment that somebody was “appalled” that Concerned Citizens for Grayson County Schools had the gall to speak up on behalf of our children…
    Any outfit that fires teachers and rewards support staff with pay increases needs to be soundly castigated.
    What will people think if they hear about this mess? Maybe they will appreciate the light of honesty and the willingness to work to make our schools a better place for children to learn.

  • Ban antibiotics in animal agriculture

    On June 2, President Obama directed federal agencies to serve antibiotic-free meat and poultry in government cafeterias.
    The FDA will require animal producers to obtain authorization from a licensed veterinarian to use drugs to treat a specific disease, rather than just to promote rapid growth, as is current practice.
    As much as 80 percent of all U.S. antibiotics are used in animal agriculture.