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Letters

  • Class taught understanding of faiths

    I wish to address a recent Readers’ Hotline comment regarding The Oracle Institute’s last class: “Introduction to Islam.”
    The caller was concerned that a class on history of the Muslim faith and the Prophet Muhammad might in some way “mix the minds of our young people or anybody else.” Sadly, this is not the first time Oracle has encountered such a limited and bigoted mindset.

  • Coach thankful for support

    The support shown to the Carroll County High School boy’s basketball team this year by the students, parents, school officials, and our community was overwhelming and exciting.
    The emotions felt by the team were unbelievable when the gym was full an hour before we were to play in the regional championship.  
    There are so many people to thank for their support.

  • Family thanks community for help

    We want to thank everyone who has shown support through this extremely difficult time. The support has shown us the true meaning of friendship and community.
    Thanks to all (some who we did not know personally) who sent cards, called, and stopped by to visit.
    Thanks to Pete Harris and Pamela Holland for hosting the benefit dinner and auction. Pete Harris auctioneered and donated many of the items offered.

  • Class thanks supporters

    As the teacher of the CCEC class at Galax Elementary School, and on behalf of my students, I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to everyone in the community who helped make possible the $10,000 prize in the UCT Gives Back contest.
    It is seldom that I have been able to witness such a tremendous outpouring of support and generosity. There were so many people who helped make this a reality, and I wish I were able to thank each and every one. There were votes cast from this community and votes cast from as far away as Alaska and Hawaii.

  • Cigarettes on road unsightly

    I think that the cigarettes lying on the side of the road is getting out of hand.
    We should make it illegal to throw cigarettes outside. They are made of paper. It takes a long time for the paper to dissolve into the ground.
    As a matter of fact, it takes five years for this process to happen. If you ask me, that’s a long time. We need to do something.
    Caleb Johnson
    Boy Scout Troop 284, Woodlawn

     

  • AmeriCorps workers appreciated

    During AmeriCorps Week, March 9-17, I would like to sing the praises of the 30 Reading for Life AmeriCorps members who serve as literacy and math tutors in Carroll County Schools.
    These dedicated men and women provide a much-needed service tutoring and mentoring students.
    The AmeriCorps members also design and/or create activities and materials to be used with the students to increase their motivation to learn.

  • Help courthouse make changes

    Your extensive coverage of the accessibility issues at the Historic 1908 Courthouse was welcome.
    The Courthouse Foundation Board of Directors is committed to welcoming all people to the 1908 Courthouse.
    As noted in your coverage, the courthouse has made significant improvements to accessibility in the past. Our biggest obstacle in recent years has been funding.
    We have had plans to make our restrooms wheelchair accessible for several years but, given the slow economic times recently, our fundraising has been down. We simply have not had enough money.

  • Lions Club thanks chamber

    The Hillsville Lions Club thanks members of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce for selecting our organization for recognition and support during February.
    Through the chamber’s support, the Lions Club has placed additional used eye glass and hearing aid collection boxes at the chamber office in the old Carroll County Courthouse, at the Carroll Wellness Center, The Hair Shack, E-Z Stop, and Grayson National Bank in Hillsville.

  • Adopt a pet, save a life

    Someone wants to save a pet’s life, but does not want a pet.
    He donates the adoption fee to the animal shelter.
    Someone wants to adopt a pet but cannot afford the start up cost.
    The donated fee is applied to the adoption.
    The donor wins. He saves a life.
    The adopting family wins. It gains a loving pet.
    The pet wins. It gets a home.
    Win, win, win.
    Bonnie Campbell
    Independence

  • Health care is extortion

    To be forced by intimidation and undue power to pay a gross overcharge. That is “extortion” defined.
    Mobsters go to jail for it. But the health care system in America has a license to do it with impunity. It’s like doing business with the “mob,” except the mob wouldn’t stick it to you that bad.