• Bar association ad was political smear

    In his post-election public statement, Robert Williams is gracious in conceding his election loss for Grayson County Circuit Court clerk.
    This is despite a paid negative ad placed by the Galax-Grayson Bar Association which, in my opinion, flagrantly maligned Williams’ personal qualifications and misrepresented both the intent and the content of his offer to serve Grayson citizens in elective office.

  • Election, voter turnout were encouraging

    As a participant in our local political process off and on for 29 years, this current cycle proved to be the most amicable and flexible.
    What particularly impressed me, and many others, was a drift away from party loyalty and towards voting for the person perceived to be best qualified.
    Each voter got behind their choice without traditional pressures. Our community is better for it.

  • Police department thanked for motto

    Regarding the Oct. 26 article, “Council Members Object to Motto,” I would like to thank the Galax Police Department for adding “ In God We Trust” to its vehicles, along with the sheriff’s departments for Carroll and Grayson counties.
    To me, this says a lot about the integrity of these police departments. I thank God for all these women and men in all our police and sheriff’s departments. Thank you.

  • Opponents ran races to be proud of

    Congratulations to Douglas Vaught on winning re-election! I wish him well in serving as our commonwealth’s attorney.
    I am proud of all my friends and supporters and the kindness I so greatly received when visiting with the many citizens in Grayson County and Galax, and the encouragement so greatly given to me in this race. Rachel and I are truly blessed by your generosity.
    Both sides ran a race that never went negative — something that our community can proudly proclaim when we talk about what a great place we all have to call home.

  • Double standards for officers

    Regarding “City officer involved in crash (Oct. 23 edition), according to Police Chief Clark, accidents involving a city vehicle are “processed as a personnel matter.”
    This policy creates a double standard, one for the average citizen and one for police officers.
    The policy can be rationalized in a number of ways: cops drive more miles than the average citizen, cops look for crime as they drive, and cops are subject to discipline under personnel rules.

  • Research proves meat consumption causing cancer

    Thank you to the World Health Organization for having the courage to speak truth to power: meat, like cigarettes and asbestos, does cause cancer!
    No U.S. health agency would ever say this for fear of losing Congressional funding.
    The World Cancer Research Fund and a number of other international health agencies have been advising for years that meat consumption raises risk of colon and other forms of cancer, but the WHO panel was actually able to determine a causal effect.

  • Descendants of Civil War veteran sought

    I am looking for descendants of Confederate Pvt. Jerome Dickinson of Company C, 29th Virginia.
    I have his death certificate, issued by his regimental surgeon at Winchester, on July 5, 1863. He died of wounds at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863, and I would like to pass it on to his family. Contact fjbowman@comcast.net.
    Forest J. Bowman
    Morgantown, W.Va.

  • Motto doesn't favor specific religion

    I want to comment on the recent vote by Galax City Council about allowing a sticker reading “In God We Trust” to be placed on city police cars. This passed by a vote of 5 to 2.
    To the two council members that voted against this project, I could say: You are wrong; or that’s not a good position; or why in the world take such a position; or are you crazy; or even I think you should reconsider.

  • Candidate congratulates opponent, thanks voters

    Just a short note to congratulate my opponent in the clerk’s race, Susan Herrington, on her recent victory!
    As she prepares to begin her second term, I offer my prayers for continued success and good wishes to Susan, Debbie, Sharon, and Evelyn [in the clerk of court office]!
    Words cannot convey how much that I enjoyed this campaign! I’ve gotten reacquainted with Grayson County and have met so many wonderful people.

  • Medicare recipients should review benefits

    Medicare’s annual open enrollment period is open through Dec. 7, when individuals who are eligible for Medicare benefits are able to review their health and prescription drug coverage, including changes in benefits, coverage, and costs.

    Any changes made during open enrollment will take effect Jan. 1, 2016.

    As healthcare service providers and advocates for senior citizens, as well as individuals with disabilities in the Twin County area, we urge all Medicare members to take this time to review your current insurance benefits.