• Many questions about terrorism weren't asked

    Many things have happened, both good and bad.
    There are questions that should have been asked and answered years ago.
    It is recalled there was much merriment when some foreign-born students at a flight school only wanted to know how to control the aircraft once airborne. No instruction on takeoffs, landings or other fine arts of flying was needed.
    Did this not create the slightest curiosity on anyone’s part? Was this not reported to the FAA or the FBI? Surely it was and a follow-up warranted.

  • Government shouldn't legalize foreign criminals

    Legalization of these illegal Mexican criminals, the last defiance against the American people.
    It will happen and it will be the final nail for society and any future for the American people.
    No one has any idea how many Mexicans have already criminally entered our country, but there is no doubt that the numbers are now reaching 100 million.
    With millions of Mexican anchor babies at your expense, with them taking over our schools, the American children are being cheated of their legal and rightful education as real American citizens in their own country.

  • 'Take a break from interstate' road market a success

    Many thanks go out to those who helped make the Independence leg of the Take a Break from the Interstate Road Market a huge success.
    Thank you to the vendors and buyers who lined the U.S. 21 route. Thanks to the members of the Independence Police and Grayson County Sheriff’s Department, along with the Virginia Department of Transportation, who kept everyone safe during the three day market.

  • Factory chicken farming contributes to disease

    The U.S. egg industry is reeling from a colossal outbreak of avian flu, mostly among egg-laying chickens.
    According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 48 million birds, accounting for 11 percent of the nation’s egg-laying hens, have been slaughtered for fear of infection during the past few months.
    The effects are far-reaching, from how to dispose of millions of potentially infected bird carcasses to job losses and rapidly rising egg prices. More than 40 countries have restricted U.S. poultry imports.

  • Contemplating the state of the world today

    Within our society today is the good, the bad and the very ugliest of a human being. The resent horrible incidents where innocent lives were lost by cowardly acts of violence, from a church shooting to a young woman walking with her father gunned down and five military soldiers killed so brutally by an evil hand.
    This inept attitude shown by this government’s clearly shows and proves that the real world has not bitten it in the butt.
    Playing patty-cake and sucking up to foreign leaders who hate us is beyond stupid.

  • Relay honors cancer survivors and caretakers

    One of the highlights to the City of Galax/Carroll County’s annual Relay for Life’s event is our Survivors’ Banquet. It gives us great pleasure to honor our cancer survivors – Relay’s Heroes.
    We also want to recognize our caregivers – many survivors say their caregivers were the real heroes for standing by them. Cancer survival and wiping out cancer is why we Relay. We hope all our survivors and caregivers in Galax and Carroll County will join us for this celebration in their honor.

  • Reader will miss friends after move to Kansas

    To my friends and relatives:
    Thank you, dear hearts and gentle people, for all the good times and laughter that we have shared together.
    Your friendship and love has been as constant as the sun in its journey through the heavens.
    Come to see me. I’ll be in Kansas, skipping down the Yellow Brick Road.
    With love,
    Mae Branscome Bartlett
    Wichita, Kan.
    (formerly of Hillsville)

  • Jewish inmates ask for kosher meals at prison

    I’m writing to let you know that myself and a group of Jewish inmates at River North Correctional Center have filed several lawsuits in Western District Federal Court in Roanoke for religious discriminations and failure to make kosher meals available to Jewish inmates and Christian inmates who follow Biblical dietary laws.
    The case numbers are 7:15-CV-154, 155, 211, 215, and 233. Please feel free to check the facts of these suits.

  • Americans are losing control of country

    Randolph Scott (whom once visited our hometown), Charlie Pride, Mom’s egg custard pie, Martin Luther King, Sunday morning sidewalk, family picnics, Dairy Bar hot dogs and ice cream, Peggy Sue, our American flag, planning for our children’s future and talking with our children of their hopes and dreams.
    On the Fourth of July we observe our Independence. We once cared with pride and with courage.

  • Fries Theater thanks donors for support

    We thank all who came out to enjoy Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Some Enchanted Evening” at the Fries Theatre in support of our restoration effort.
    Many thanks also to the cast and crew of the Galax Theatre Guild and The Arts Council of the Twin Counties for putting on a wonderful show!
    Restoration of the old theatre is ongoing, and we hope to host many events as we work to bring back its vibrancy.
    Don’t forget to come out each Thursday evening for The Crooked Road Jam Session to pick, dance and enjoy our snack bar.