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Letters

  • An absence of decency in Trump's campaign

    There are Trump-Pence signs throughout Southwest Virginia on the lawns of good, honest people, but given the tone of the Republican presidential campaign, it taxes credulity that anybody could support the awful Trump-Pence ticket.

  • Ross withdraws from school board race

    I am writing to let the voters of Grayson County know that I am withdrawing from the November election for the at-large seat on the Grayson County School Board.
    I want to thank everyone who has supported me and who gathered signatures to help me get on the ballot.
    I will be voting for Dr. Robert Benish and urge everyone to vote for him, also. I think he would do an excellent job for us on the school board.
    Ruth Ross
    Independence

  • Before condemning, try to understand sexuality

    Whenever election time rolls around, a group of us misfits, eccentrics, free thinkers, nonconformists, and independent voters tolerate each other long enough to debate the worlds of politics, hemorrhoid remedies, power manipulation and fertilizer options.
    One of the few agreed-upon points was the fact that we, as minority voters, are not properly represented, or appreciated.

  • Dwell on the past or stumble towards future

    I am responding to the presidential debate between Clinton and Trump.
    It seems that through the whole debate it comes down to dwell in the past or stumble toward the future.
    Tax the rich is a non-starter. Of all people, Trump, a billionaire, was focusing on what most Americans are concerned about: the economy, federal deficit of $19.5 trillion, American companies going to Mexico, job losses, rules and regulations too tough on businesses to start up.
    There also was this kind of bully attitude shown during the debate.

  • Independent voters look for facts amid sales pitch

    Whenever election time rolls around, a group of us misfits, eccentrics, free thinkers, nonconformists, and independent voters tolerate each other long enough to debate the worlds of politics, hemorrhoid remedies, power manipulation and fertilizer options.
    One of the few agreed-upon points was the fact that we, as minority voters, are not properly represented, or appreciated.

  • Clinton, Obama beling in 'basket of deplorables'

    Hillary says that half the people who support Trump could be put into what she calls a “basket of deplorables.”
    I guess that shows you who “she” will represent if she becomes president.
    I know it’s not popular nowadays, but I believe in God, and I believe the Bible is His Word.
    Notice that deplorable means, “deserving strong condemnation.” And seeing how God “strongly condemns” what the LGBT community stands for from cover to cover in the Bible.

  • I miss those hills and the baying of the hounds

    In 1939, I was born in Charles Troy Higgins’ house at 211 Painter Street. I always enjoyed Muncey Poole’s articles about him.
    Higgins was chief of police in Galax until 19 May, 1920, when he and other Felts Detectives were gunned down in Matewan, W.Va., as they waited for a train to take them back to Galax.
    I haven’t lived in Galax since childhood, but spent many happy summers there. My aunts and uncles, the Higginses and the Beamers, are gone, except for Geraldine Beamer.

  • Choose vegeterian options in school lunches

    With the new school year starting, parents’ to-do lists are filled with shopping for school clothes, school supplies, and school food.
    That’s right — school food!
    In past years, our nation’s schools were used by the USDA as a dumping ground for surplus meat and dairy commodities.
    It is neither a surprise nor coincidence that one-third of our children have become overweight or obese. Such dietary mistakes at an early age become lifelong addictions, raising their risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke.

  • Collapse of Twin Towers easily explained by physics

    I knew that one day I couldn’t stop myself from commenting on the ridiculous calls this paper gets. In this case, it was a letter by Mr. Jackson [published in the Aug. 22-23 edition], who offered up his conspiracy theory on bringing down the Twin Towers in New York.
    He claims the structures were brought down not by planes and fire, but by microwave-like direct energy weapons, directed via satellite. The actual explanation is not only more plausible, it’s science, not science fiction.

  • Galax postmaster thanks customers for patronage

    Employees at the Galax Post Office take great pride in serving the community of Galax and surrounding areas.
    It is because we love what we do and Galax is such a great place to live and work. Mostly, it is because we serve wonderful customers every day.
    I’ve worked in Galax for 14 years delivering mail and managing delivery. As the postmaster of Galax it is important to me that I communicate to our customers that their concerns are my concerns.