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Letters

  • Changes needed at animal shelter

    I am an eighteen year resident of Carroll County. In those years my family has adopted three wonderful pets from the shelter in Galax.
    The high kill rate at the shelter has been a long time concern of mine. Happily, in the last year the kill rate has dropped. The local humane society has been able to take advantage of the new transfer policy now in place at the shelter. Many, many adoptable animals have found good homes thanks to that policy.

  • Power outage or outrage?

    Todd Jennings’ Jan. 25 column about power outages was a corker, catching the sentiments of many of us.
    Appalachian Power is failing to hire contract crews to keep trees trimmed back from the pole-to-pole power lines, according to a neighbor of mine who works for a tree trimming service.
    On Jan. 25 I finally got through to an AEP outage man in West Virginia — they no longer have any local responders to these calls, he said — after getting nothing but 15-minute waits and then a bunch of static from the 800 number listed on my AEP bill.

  • A message to politicians

    This is for politicians. You are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.
    Have you ever wondered why, if both Democrats and Republicans are against deficits, we have deficits?
    Have you ever wondered why, if you all are against inflation and high taxes, we have inflation and high taxes?
    You don’t propose a federal budget. The president does. I don’t write the tax code. Congress does. I don’t set the fiscal policy. Congress does.

  • Obama no ally of Israel

    There is a saying, “There is none so blind as those who will not see.”
    These words are just what America has become.
    President Obama has sent millions of taxpayer dollars to the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt.
    He has now sent them 20 American fighter jets.
    I wonder why he wants to build up Muslim countries. It is not hard to figure out. They hate Israel and will attack it sooner or later.
    But isn’t Israel our ally?

  • Opposed to wind power

    The writer made these remarks to the Carroll Board of Supervisors Jan. 14.

    The supervisors promised Carroll County residents a resolution concerning not allowing windmills in Carroll County.
    Last meeting, it was decided to table this matter. Rodger Jennings and I furnished information regarding our concerns with the windmills. I oppose construction of windmills anywhere in Carroll County.

  • The high ground of morality

    My wife and I and another couple had a 10-year ritual of a Friday evening meal at a local eating establishment. We got to be good friends with the owners.
    I fondly recall those rendezvous, especially after losing my wife to extended illness this past spring.
    Another couple asked me to accompany them to this diner last week. One of the owners came over to greet us and informed me that Walter Bell died the previous week.

  • Y's Men thank community

    The Community Christmas Chest had a successful 2012 by furnishing 550 area families a food baskets in time for Christmas.
    The club, sponsors of the chest for the past 30 years, acknowledge and thank all those who helped make this project possible.
    Gene Cox, general chairman, organized the many necessary jobs in a masterful manner.
    The scope of this annual event required many working hand in hand. Individual donations contributed a major portion of the required funds, plus over 30 churches collected money that assisted greatly.

  • Help GES class win prize

    The United Commercial Travelers (UCT) asked schools to submit videos showing how a $10,000 prize would help their program for students with intellectual disabilities.
    Galax Local Council 720 is excited to announce that Galax Elementary School is among the nine finalists.
    To vote, log onto the UCT website at www.uct.org. Click the link for “UCT Gives Back Contest.” By clicking the link to watch the video for Galax Elementary School, you can then cast a vote for GES.

  • Bewildered by buzzards

    I am writing about your Jan. 14 article on the vultures in Galax.
    Your distinction between buzzards and vultures is a bit confusing, though. Your headline mentioned “black-winged buzzards and vultures,” when in fact both vulture species have predominantly black wings.
    You went on to say “the common buzzard more closely resembles a hawk.” This did not make any sense either.  What is a common buzzard?

  • Student curious about Virginia

    I am 11 years old and live in Washington state. I go to Conway School in Mount Vernon. I am a young fifth grader.
    At my school we do state reports, so, I chose the great state of Virginia, of course! We are supposed to write to some newspapers in our state, so I chose your town.
    I am writing to get more information and artifacts from the state.
    You can help by sending me stuff like magazines, key chains, maps, postcards, or any other artifacts that you think might be cool for my report.
    Thank you for taking my letter under consideration!