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Letters

  • Democratic Party needs to remember working class

    I recently read the editorial “Webb’s Warning” in The Roanoke Times.
    The author of the piece discusses Jim Webb’s brief campaign for the Democratic nomination for president and his warning that the Democratic Party has inadvertently begun to ignore its traditional base of working class voters.
    Webb isn’t wrong.
    There is a sizable voting block in America that feels failed by both parties. These folks haven’t experienced the economic recovery that is taking shape in other parts of the country.

  • Slow down to shop small this holiday season

    I recently attended a Shop Local Kickoff event, featuring state and local proclamations highlighting the importance of shopping local brick and mortar retail stores. The event made me think about my holiday shopping.
    This year, I’m challenging myself to make local purchases and encourage everyone else to do the same. I say challenge because I get it – it’s often faster and less expensive to go online. But that route wastes our power to use our purchases to make a difference in our communities.

  • Community made Halloween Bash a success

    A big thank you is in order to all who helped make our Halloween bash a huge success in 2016!
    The Galax Downtown Association extends its gratitude to sponsors, businesses, organizations and individuals who donated candy, food, drinks, money and time.
    Without your contributions, this event would not have been a success.  We also deeply appreciate the efforts of all our volunteers.

  • Registrar thanks election officials for helping voters

    To the officers of election in Grayson County, thank you so much for all your careful work and patience during the presidential election!
    We sincerely appreciate your effort to give each and every voter a good experience on Nov. 8.
    Many of you had long, long lines of anxious neighbors in addition to some uncooperative voting machines but you helped create confidence and security. It was such a long day, but you kept the voters informed and happy.
    We all are a team in the election process and we couldn’t do it without you. Our hats off to you!

  • Questions about real estate taxes in Grayson

    I have been a landowner and taxpayer in Grayson for some 40 years.
    Initially, real estate tax was paid once a year. As assessments skyrocketed, so did the real tax. After a lot of complaining to the supervisors, Grayson tax payments were changed to twice a year.
    Glory Be!  How responsive were our appointed officials.
    But it didn’t last long because the county ran out of money (poor fiscal management!) the second half of the year and had to borrow and pay interest to get by.

  • Handwriting important for cognitive skills

    Thank you for your Oct. 24 news item on the value of written communication.
    I notice The Gazette photo showed a student using a pencil and paper, as well as a computer tablet. Does this mean, I hope, that Galax schools are teaching cursive handwriting?
    If not, here’s a plug for the process: Learning cursive is great for developing cognitive and motor skills.

  • Confront bullies when they appear

    Donald Trump has denigrated Mexicans, Muslims, disabled and overweight people.
    Since April, teachers across America have reported a rise in bullying, and today, we see white supremacists and racists bullying some segments of the above-mentioned groups.
    This is frightening for those of us who will feel the need to protect these individuals, for it will mean confronting the bully.
    So what’s the solution? We dry our tears, sooth our sick stomachs, release our heartache and confront the bullies when they appear.

  • The meat industry is scary

    I have no fear of all the goblins, the witches, or even the evil clowns lurking on Halloween. What really scares me are the latest reports about the meat industry.

    Like news of pig farms dumping millions of gallons of pig feces into North Carolina’s water supplies during Hurricane Matthew.

    Or of saturating their neighborhoods with windborne fecal waste spray. Or of animal farming accounting for more greenhouse gases than transportation.

  • Kitts has dedicated life to service

    I watched the Ninth District debate between our incumbent, Morgan Griffith, and his challenger Derek Kitts. I have read their pitches to voters in the Roanoke Times.
    Nothing I see or hear makes a strong case for retaining Mr. Griffith. His focus is purely on blocking Democratic proposals, with no positive plans to help the voters of Southwest Virginia. In six years, he has done almost nothing for our area.

  • Davis is best choice for school board

    As we go to the polls this fall, we will elect someone to the Grayson County School Board.
    I encourage you to elect James Davis to fill this position for these reasons:
    • He is a good Christian man with high morals.
    • He is well educated.
    • He has worked with our boys and girls for many years.
    • He served the school system as a teacher for driver’s education instructor and also as golf instructor. He has served as coach on many sports teams.
    • His children went to Grayson County schools.