• Questioning county's office funding plan

    A Dec. 23 item in the Gazette (“Grayson sheriff’s office getting new home”) sounds like the Grayson County Supervisors are gambling with our tax money to get new headquarters for the sheriff.
    Their so-called “defeasance plan” to pay off the loan for this $665,000 facility depends on “making an insured, high-yield and qualified investment deposit that will return an interest dividend sufficient to offset the loan payment.”
    OK, that sounds fine — if their investment pays off.

  • Refugee refusal against Christian principles

    It is saddening and disappointing that the local and state political leaders are planning to bar women and children of Syria from a safe refuge in Virginia due to a fear of terrorists.
    The Law of Life is that what you fear you attract into your life.
    This stance is contrary to the great American spirit of love and compassion for all life.  This stance is contrary to the Christian teachings, which say to love your neighbor as yourself.
    How can such a stance come from the state that is the birthplace of human rights and equality?

  • Student put down for being from poor family

    I am a resident of Grayson County. I have three grandchildren in the school system.
    My grandson has a little girlfriend. He purchased some artificial flowers as a gift for her. He picked them out on his own. He was proud of himself.
    Well, the little girl was tickled with the flowers. A teacher made a comment to the little girl that the reason for the artificial flowers was because he came from a poor family.
    Teachers are to teach not to judge children. I think that my grandson is being very thoughtful. Teachers need to teach instead of putting children down.

  • Want to feel good? Stop littering

    Do you want to feel good about yourself?
    Stop littering. Respect your planet. Respect yourself.
    Stop littering. Virginia has a problem. Help fix it, stop littering. Want to help? Call (276) 601-7576.
    Terry J. Weidner


  • Churches should practice inclusion, compassion

    Now is a time of world moral crisis.
    Radicalized Muslims, unregistered guns, climate change, homeless refugees are thorny problems that defy quick solutions. Human enmity, religious strife and outright cruelty add to the explosive forces.
    Church people, long loyal, find it difficult to hold true to mission. Some distrust current religious expression and want no part of it. Historic churches hemorrhage members; some close.  

  • Students benefit from newspapers in class

    Students in Greg Bolen’s criminal justice class at Carroll County High School benefit tremendously from the Newspapers In Education program that The Gazette offers.

  • Asbury Church thanks community for support

    Asbury Methodist Church thanks the many in the community that assisted the church in helping needy families during the Thanksgiving holiday.
    We thank: Oldtown Market, Galax Food City, Horton’s Supermarket, Grant’s, our sister churches and community for donations. Without these organizations, more than 40 boxes and bags of food would not have been given to needy families in the Galax area by Asbury Church.

  • Americans can't ignore our darker history

    Reparation is defined as the making of amends for a wrongdoing. It is the honest recourse and could be our salvation.
    How absurd that we have neglected our responsibility for so long, and even more absurd, we European Americans continue to deny equal rights to our minorities.
    Ferguson, Mo., is a perfect example. We should be outraged, and in addition to losing their jobs, these officials should be incarcerated.
    It has been 250 years since one of my relatives, Andrew Dinnison, lost his life in the final assault to free our slaves.

  • Law should prohibit dog chaining, tethering

    The cities of Suffolk and Chesapeake passed laws banishing or restricting chaining and also adopted similar legislation on tethering dogs.
    A law should be passed here as well and when the dog warden is called about abuse of an animal, if the warden doesn’t follow up then the warden should be held accountable as well as the owner. Several calls have been made about two dogs that live in filthy conditions. No food. No water. And chained up that they can only move maybe four to five feet.
    Shouldn’t something be done by animal control?

  • Saving our history is worth the effort

    It has been brought to my attention that a Hotline caller raised questions regarding the Matthews Living History Farm Museum.
    It sounds as though the caller may have mistaken the museum for Matthews State Forest, which is on U.S. 58. The museum is on White Pine Road at the back of the Matthews estate. It is open daily from sunrise to sunset.
    Currently, it is accessible for self-guided tours only. The cost of even a part-time staff is beyond our means.