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Letters

  • 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.

  • Firefighters need our help

    On Jan. 26, I was looking at my mail and found a letter from the Galax Volunteer Fire Department asking for donations to help with the expense of running the department.
    I told my wife we need to send them a check, as they do a good job for the city and county.

  • Golf game isn't newsworthy

    Breaking news: President Obama and Tiger Woods on the golf course. The news media shut out.
    What does this matter to the ones out there struggling to make a living, pay bills, put food on the table and keep the family together?
    Now the president and Congress are at loggerheads over spending cuts, taxes and sequestration threat that would threaten national security, food inspections, military and more.
    Obama’s little speech to Congress and the American people didn’t bring much hope or reassure one to the many problems this country faces.

  • Strength Team visit praised

    I would like to say that the Strength Team did an outstanding job visiting schools and churches Feb. 6-10, sharing the message of Christ with the community.
    Seeing all the people who went up and accepted Christ as their Savior was great.
    I would like to thank all the schools and churches who allowed them to perform and share their testimony. I would also like to thank David McCall and his organization for getting the Strength Team to come to our area.

  • A tribute to John Pitcher

    One of the few remaining men of “The Greatest Generation” has gone to his final reward and leaves a void in the Hillsville‑Galax community. We have lost an outstanding citizen.
    John K. Pitcher died at his home on Gladesboro Road on Jan. 19.
    A veteran of World War II, he served in the 3rd Infantry Division, U.S. Army for three years and saw active duty in Germany.
    He was a Master Gardener and grew flowers and a variety of trees which he donated to beautify the Hillsville‑Galax area. The fruits of his efforts may be seen in many places here.

  • Steele preserves history

    Kudos to Shirley Harmon Steele for preparing a history of Woodlawn School from 1878 to 2013 and sharing it with the community and former students. What a gift she has given us!
    Shirley is sharing a wealth of information and photos. She has spent countless hours gathering information and photos and assembling the CDs about the history of the school and the students who have attended it.
    Shirley donated all proceeds from the CDs for the benefit of Woodlawn Middle School students. CDs are available for purchase at Woodlawn Middle School during school hours.

  • Is Roe vs. Wade to be mourned or celebrated?

    On Jan. 22, the citizens of this nation either mourned or celebrated the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. Few issues in our country’s history have divided us so.
    For an example, look no further than myself. I am 16, and I firmly believe that abortion is the greatest evil of our country. But many girls my age or younger have had or will soon have an abortion, and fiercely defend their right to do so.
    The difference between us is not our parents, education, or friends. It runs much deeper.