• 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.

  • Treatment of refugees echoes Nazi Germany

    Listening to the Republican candidates, especially Donald Trump, since the awful attacks in Paris, I have been horrified at the hate talk, the lack of charity, and the willingness to throw the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights out the window.

  • Searching for the universal truth

    As another yearly celebration approaches, and families plan their travels and meals, I ponder what is it that I am actually giving thanks for?
    Certainly, we all are grateful for our health, our children, our friends, our freedom and liberty — fought and sacrificed for by our brave men and woman of the military and law enforcement.
    These things are foremost in our minds. But there is a greater thought that I have pondered recently.