• V.A. hospital in Salem treats vets with respect

    Thoughts for Veterans Day:
    I’ve been driving a friend to the Veterans Administration Hospital and clinics in Salem for the last year or so, and this is one V.A. outfit that deserves nothing but praise and gratitude.
    Clinics are crowded with vets from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf, Iraq, Afghanistan, and yet it’s a peaceful place — open and airy, with plenty of places for a tired person to sit down. Signs are big and easy to read; directions are plain and simple.

  • Writer appreciates quality medical care

    I just want to take the opportunity to thank everyone who was involved with my July 8, 2015 hip replacement surgery, including Dr. Paul Liebrecht and his staff, the hospital staff, and my in-home recovery providers.
    Everyone who helped me did a great job and was very professional and caring.
    Believe me, this area is most fortunate to have such first rate medical services, and I feel thankful to have experienced such competent care. I am truly impressed with the quality of care that was available from day one and throughout my recovery.

  • Fire department thanks community for donations

    The Independence Volunteer Fire Department would like to thank all of those who helped out with the “Big Moes” barbecue sale. Five-hundred pounds of pork barbecue was sold in seven hours during the event at the Independence Town Park. The cooking process started in the wee hours of the night to ensure a great product.

  • Police doing great job in Twin Counties

    I have lived in Galax since 1995, and have driven in Galax almost every day.
    I have great respect for the law enforcement. I never had a ticket from either Galax or Carroll County or Grayson County.
    I think all the above are doing a great job.
    Jimmy Shrader

  • Show unity on Friday in support of local police

    To participate in the “Still United 2015” movement, meet at noon on Sept. 11 at your local police station to support the officers who protect your community.
    “It is time for the silent majority in this country to respect law enforcement,” said Harris County (Texas) District Attorney Devon Anderson. “There are a few bad apples in every profession. That does not mean that there should be open warfare declared on law enforcement…

  • Welcome to America, please ignore the bigots

    I was horrified and saddened by the letter by Bud Cox blaming “Mexicans and these politicians” for failures and problems in our schools.
    The only good thing I can say to you, Mr. Cox, is that you had the courage to sign your name.
    You seem to think that all Latinos come from Mexico, which is certainly not the case. And although you blame people from only one country, I can’t help but think you are lumping everyone into the same bucket.
    Do you have an atlas? Look at all the other countries south of the border.

  • Writer supports Bernie Sanders for president

    We encourage the citizens of Southwest Virginia to support Bernie Sanders for president. For the first time in years, we have the chance to vote for a candidate whose track record shows he will represent the ordinary citizens and working people of this country instead of big money and corporate interests.
    Bernie wants to do the following for us:
    • Invest $1 trillion over five years to modernize our infrastructure, creating at least 13 million good-paying jobs

  • Confederate flag is not about heritage

    Those who defend display of the Confederate flag (more correctly, the Battle Flag of the Army of Northern Virginia), either are ignorant of current events or history or perhaps both.
    There were any number of battle flags adopted by generals of the Confederacy. This particular flag never represented the Confederacy as a whole.
    At the end of the war, in 1865, Lee asked his followers to furl this flag; he said “Stow it away. Put it in your attics.”

  • Patient says he owes life to doctor, clinic

    I have a great story to tell about Oldtown Medical Clinic of Galax and nurse practitioner Laurie H. Jones, who actually saved my life.
    I am disabled and got sick and went to see her. Just by telling her how I felt, she ordered specific lab work for me, then called me the following morning and told me she had called the emergency room doctor who was waiting for me.
    She knew I had blood clots but didn’t want to alarm me. When I got to the hospital it was confirmed that I have multiple blood clots in my lungs as well as my leg.

  • A good word for a local nursing home

    Recently, I had the misfortune of falling and breaking my hip, but the fortune of being sent to Waddell Nursing and Rehab.

    I got the utmost care and the entire staff was not only professional, but kind and patient in all they do, above and beyond the call of duty.

    My only complaint was they almost fed me to death. Who eats three hot meals a day? I sure couldn’t.

    Thank you to everyone who so lovingly took care of me. And special thanks to the great physical therapy team.

    Virginia Burcham