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Letters

  • Flying tattered flag is disrespectful

    There is a local business with a flag on a pole in such a deplorable state.
    The stripes are torn almost up to the stars. The flag’s red stripes are orange, in addition to our flag being in shreds.
    I was told the owner is a veteran. Last year, his flag was in poor shape and I went there with a free flag, if he would give me the torn flag. He did not want my flag, but did put up another two weeks later.
    Now this year, this flag is far worse than last year’s.
    How can any American with a conscience let our flag fly in shreds?

  • People have lost faith in government

    Not since President Franklin Roosevelt have we seen such a large number of executive orders in only two weeks in office.
    One executive order was signed to roll back the restraints on banking. These restraints were put in place after the financial crisis of 2007-2008. These restraints were supposed to keep big banks from a repeat of 2007 and 2008.
    We have a former chief executive officer of Goldman Sachs who is now secretary of the treasury under Trump. He is Steven Mnuchin and was a cohort along with Bernie Madoff in a scheme to keep people from their life savings.

  • Resource officer sets positive example

    Editor’s note: This letter is in response to a Readers Hotline call published in the Feb. 8 edition of The Gazette. The caller questioned why Grayson County High School’s resource officer was helping with a band class.

  • Health care costs are outrageous

    This is what I call outrageous.
    Let me explain. Today I got one of many medical bills. This one was from LabCorp. They (the hospital), took about 10 blood samples and LabCorp did 12 tests.
    The bill from LabCorp was $2,306. That was to do 12 tests. I find it impossible to believe that cost is justified.
    So, I called LabCorp to get an explanation. The rep told me that $2,306 is what my insurance was billed.
    And if I did not have insurance, that would be “my” bill. But unlike me, the insurance company can negotiate. So, get a load of this.

  • Dangerous times ahead, but America still strong

    2016 was not a year to write home about, where the lows outweighed the highs.
    Violence upon police officers at a record high. Division and hate resulting in death, injury and distrust of authorities.
    A shameful and evil heart brings on pain and misery.
    Politics no better. D.C. (District Clowns) continues to live in a fantasy world of make believe. But there may be a little ray of hope from a new president.
    Make America great again.
    Drain the swamp and fill it with billionaires and people who will go back step with the government.

  • Twin Counties fortunate to have regional cooperation

    I want to thank The Gazette for its Jan. 2 editorial about the cooperation that has lifted Grayson County and its school system out of financial difficulties and put the budget and curriculum on firm footing.
    From my work in the non-profit sector, I see a lot of talented, dedicated people working together for our children and our future, without the partisan divisions that hamper cooperation at the national and even the state level.

  • Republicans could dismantle social insurance programs

    During his campaign, Donald Trump promised to protect Medicare and Social Security, but we are quickly seeing an administration rushing to dismantle the great social insurance programs that have protected Americans from dire poverty for decades.

    Only a day after the election, Speaker Paul Ryan resurrected his plan to replace Medicare with a voucher program allowing seniors to buy private health insurance.

  • Firefighters commended for a job well done

    In the afternoon on New Year’s Day, a neighbor on my road ignited a large brush pile on his property.

    Even though it was drizzling rain, it soon started to burn out of control. He did everything he could to keep it under control but it sent hot embers onto our house and deck.

    He immediately called Galax Volunteer Fire Department. They quickly responded and soon had it under control.

    I commend the fire department and what a great job they did.

    Thank you, Galax Volunteer Fire Department!

    Curtis Mooney

  • Concert an example of music as a vital part of learning

    Well, if you can’t have bragging rights as a grandparent or parent, when can you!

    The Dec. 11 concert by the Grayson County combined concert groups was fantastic.

    It is an example of what can be done to develop youngsters in so many ways, while building their self-confidence and self-esteem, and learning about working together as a team, to create fun and diverse pieces and works of art.

    Sports receive the most moneyed and media attention, but music is a vital part of learning, and just as important.

  • Resolve to give up eating meat

    The coming New Year’s resolution should be obvious, particularly when it comes to diet: 2017 will go down in history as the year when plant-based meats have revolutionized the food industry.
    A dozen start-ups, led by Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods, are creating plant-based burgers and other meats that are more delicious, convenient, and healthy than the old-fashioned animal-based variety.
    They are backed by tech industry pioneers like Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Google principals Sergey Brin and Eric Schmidt, and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel.