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Letters

  • Elderly a 'forgotten society'

    I have become my 91-year old father’s advocate.
    By experiencing emergency room visits, doctors’ appointments, hospital stays, and rehab stays, I have gained a new perspective on our elderly population.
    I truly believe they are becoming a “forgotten society.”
    My father’s last rehab stay was at Trinity Mission in Hillsville after he was released from Roanoke Memorial Hospital. He had been suffering from aspiration pneumonia and had a pacemaker implanted.

  • Thrift shop defends changes

    I am responding to the letter “Thrift Shop Changes Unwelcome.”
    I don’t normally respond to these kinds of comments and just let time settle them. However, I feel accountable to the community and to the people who donate to us. I need to give some factual information and hope that will put this to rest.
    Willing Partners of Galax and Independence still has pictures, wooden shelves, lamps, home decor items, craft items, pillows, blankets and sheets — all displayed for sale.

  • Working against poverty

    With our current economic crisis, I have noticed that many churches in our area do some type of assistance program for people who live in the City of Galax.
    I work at First United Methodist Church of Galax and we have a new ministry “Kid Junction,” which offers assistance for parents.
    We help parents who are struggling financially in our city by providing items for their babies and children up to first and second grade. We provide a variety of clothing, hygiene care items and school supplies.

  • Cicada swarm will have benefits

    This spring, cicadas will emerge along the East Coast after 17 years underground.
    These friendly bugs are causing a lot of buzz — and not just because of the drum-like “love song” that male cicadas make to attract females.
    Cicadas are a boon to the local ecosystem. Cicada nymphs construct chimney-like tunnels as they emerge, naturally aerating the soil even better than earthworms do. The tunnels remain, allowing more water to reach trees’ roots.

  • We are living in a violent society

    In dedication and in memory of a sheriff in West Virginia and a 35-year veteran of the Virginia State Police who were brutally killed while sitting in their patrol cars.
    In our violent society, losers continue to take lives of the ones who protect and serve the public. If this isn’t bad enough, an evil heart is now going after court officials and firefighters.
    The scumbags of the earth who don’t have a life. They live in misery and have respect for nothing. They take their spite out on authorities, children and elderly.

  • Friendly business commended

    How nice!
    In today’s atmosphere of rush, rush, rush and “me-ism,” I have to say how nice it is to belong to a bank where I’m not just a number on a computer!
    The employees are helpful, kind and really care. When I have a question, they are knowledgeable and I understand the answer.
    I also have an up-to-the-minute, online statement that is easy to understand and is accurate.
    While grocery shopping, they wave and smile, and it makes me feel comfortable knowing they are there. Unusual!
    Diane Dutlinger

  • Galax thrift shop has improved

    This is in response to the letter written about Willing Partners.
    I had shopped there in the past and in the present. It has been freshly painted, clean and well organized.
    Willing Partners still has lamps, pictures, DVDs, CDs, records, clothes and furniture.
    The employees are friendly, cheerful, polite and always willing to assist you.
    It is easier to walk around there and look for various items.
    Willing Partners depends on donations.
    B.J. Powell
    Galax

  • Case against chief should be dismissed

    Regarding “Chief headed to court for threat charge,” published April 3 by The Gazette, the real loser in any court case will be public confidence in our law enforcement officials.
    Absent a good reason, it is standard police practice to notify local law enforcement when making an arrest in their jurisdiction.
    This is common courtesy, and it avoids cases of mistaken identity, particularly where cops are out of uniform.

  • Thrift shop changes unwelcome

    I went to Willing Partners in Galax and was appalled at the so-called improvements.
    Gone was the wall of pictures, gone were all the wooden shelves, lamps and other home decor. Gone are all the craft items, pillows, blankets and sheets.
    One of the most enjoyable aspects of going to a thrift store is hunting through tons of stuff to find that one little hidden gem.
    Just because it’s someone else’s unwanted item doesn’t mean it belongs in the trash. There’s nothing much left at all.

  • NRA needs to search its soul

    America leads the world in mass murders and prolific gun violence.
    This is a national nightmare and an international disgrace. How did this happen?
    Let us follow the money. Our gun manufacturers and retailers were interested in the volume of sales.
    They “hired” Wayne LaPierre and the National Rifle Association as a shield to deflect criticism of their irresponsibility in producing a deadly product without proper regulation.