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Letters

  • 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!

  • Looking at the year ahead

    2012 will go out as debt-ridden, violent, political abuse of power, sock it to the taxpayer and demand for stricter gun control.
    2013 is shaping up as a repeat of the old wags. Political games, more taxes, spending control (a joke). So-called leaders in Congress call each other names, a $16.5 trillion deficit burdens this nation.
    GOP wants spending cuts, while the liberal agenda is tax and spend and don’t worry about it.
    In the middle of all this is Social Security and Medicare. Will it be there for the future?

  • Toy drive donors thanked

    We would like to thank everyone who donated to the Fries High School Website toy drive.
    Because of caring people like you, we were able to buy toys, clothing, and food for a lot of kids in need in the Fries area.
    This was made possible through the joint effort of several people, including the Fries Methodist Circuit Youth Group.
    Also, thank you to our Santas for all their work delivering the gifts, and to everyone who played a part in making the toy drive a big success!
    Temple Davis
    Fries High School Website

  • Community donors thanked

    We would like to thank and recognize the businesses and people in our community for participating in the Mary Kay “Adopt-A-Grandparent” project.
    Each donation enabled us to provide a Christmas stocking stuffed with hygiene products for both men and woman at our local Trinity Mission nursing home in Hillsville.
    Thank you for adding a little joy to these residents at Christmas time.

  • Church helping families

    The volunteers at Asbury Thrift Shop would like to thank everyone for their support and donations during 2012.
    During the December clearance sale, we gave 580 pounds of potatoes to families in the community.
    We look forward to your continued support in 2013 as we attempt to be “the little church that strives to make a big difference in the community.”
    Karen Patton Poole
    Asbury United Methodist Church
    Galax

     

  • Majority spoke in election

    Your letter writer (“Voters made mistake,” Dec. 17) described the re-election of President Obama as a “slap in God’s face” and the “most deadly decision in the history of the country.”
    Your writer accused the president of “treason. "Your writer, one of “God’s people [who] see the truth,” predicted that we would all die: “[there will be] no survivors.”
    After a hard-fought campaign, President Obama was reelected by a majority of Americans.

  • Who is our Secret Santa?

    Approximately 40 gift bags were left at the Fries Recreation center for senior citizens who meet there on Monday and Wednesday mornings.
    Each bag contained three gifts that had been individually wrapped.
    No gift bag contained the same selection of gifts, which shows how much thought and time the giver spent selecting each item.
    We all were surprised and delighted with everything.

  • Fix tax problem in Carroll

    There is a wrong in the Carroll County statutes that needs to be made right. Personal property tax is being levied on vehicles that are no longer registered or garaged in Carroll County.
    Those who move from Carroll County must pay personal property tax in their new county before their vehicles can be registered. Yet Carroll County levies the full year of tax on those same vehicles if they were registered in the county on Jan. 1.

  • Voters made a mistake

    On Nov. 6, 2012, the people of the United States made the worst and most deadly decision in the history of the country.
    Our Founding Fathers based this country’s foundation on God’s word.
    Then the people put back in office a so-called Christian president, Obama. This was a complete slap in God’s face.
    The two strongest abominations were upheld. They are abortion, which is the murder of innocent children, and the backing of homosexuals.
    Do you think God is going to bless us now? Not by a long shot.