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Letters

  • 'Tyrannical' federal control opposed

    It has come to my attention that a project of utmost importance to American citizens is taking shape and very few in our area have knowledge of it.
    It is Operation American Spring. The call has gone out for all veterans and patriots to gather on The Mall in Washington, D.C., on May 16 to petition for a “redress of grievances” against despotic and tyrannical federal control.

  • An alternative to coyote bounty

    Recently it has been suggested that a bounty be placed on coyotes around here. I’ve heard it suggested that, as well as protecting deer (an endangered species, for sure), it would amuse the children of tourists and expose them to the proud tradition of the Huntsman.
    I humbly offer a solution. Instead of squandering 90¢ a shot on .243 Winchester ammo (the preferred load for blowing away coyotes), the bounty should be applied instead to starlings (the greater nuisance, I’m sure all would agree). The savings on ammunition is considerable.

  • Seven reasons to support Grayson's coyote bounty

    Anne and Clark Donley blow a lot of smoke in their letter about a coyote bounty.
    First: It will not break the county.
    Two: When I bought land and built near Elk Creek, quail and whippoorwill could be heard in the spring and summer and large flocks (30-40) of wild turkeys could often be seen. Then the coyotes arrived. Haven’t seen or heard quail or whippoorwill in 30 years, and I’m lucky to spot more than three turkeys in a flock these days.

  • Never felt more welcome

    “Thank you” and “you’re welcome.”
    Two common phrases, usually spoken face to face after one is grateful for the way another has behaved towards the first.
    I recently moved from the Tidewater area, where I spent the past three decades, to Grayson County right outside of Galax. I’m retiring here. One of the best things about retiring is, this is my last move. If I never finish unpacking, it would just mean I have too much stuff.

  • Coyote bounty unnecessary

    I was raised to eat what I kill, except for termites and such, and I do not understand our Grayson County supervisors’ concern about coyotes eating deer. We have more than enough deer out by Gold Hill.
    They are a pest! They wipe out my neighbors’ gardens and cause car wrecks. Even this time of year, I usually see at least three when I drive back from town in early morning or evenings.

  • Film promotes respect for life

    TV host Glenn Beck and other stalwarts of the Christian right have attacked the recent blockbuster “Noah” as being “pro-animal” and unfaithful to the Bible.
    Well, yes and no.
    The film is both pro-animal and faithful to the Bible, at least to the Book of Genesis, our only source for the story of Noah.
    After all, Genesis 1:29 admonishes, “Behold, I have given you every herb yielding seed which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree that has seed-yielding fruit — to you it shall be for food.”

  • Help during a difficult time

    I am writing to commend Luis Jimenez and staff at Golden Living Center for the wonderful job everyone did taking care of my mother, Flora Carico, for the past seven-plus years while she was a patient.
    I know she could be a little difficult at times, but that did not deter anyone from showing respect and a caring attitude. I could sleep at night knowing her needs were handled properly.

  • Family honors ancestor

    In May 2012, my husband and I dedicated a new tombstone in the Archelous Cornett Cemetery at Elk Creek.
    The tombstone is inscribed with the names of James Cornett and brother, David. James’ original tombstone was broken many years ago and his brother David never had one, as far as anyone knows.
    However, it is believed that David is buried in this same cemetery along with his wife, Sarah Adaline Platt, because David and James grew up on this land, their parents are buried in this cemetery and it is named for their brother.

  • Grant center needs assistance

    The Grant Community Computing Center needs friends.
    In order to transition into becoming its own entity, we need to create a “Friends of the Computer Center” group of individuals who understand the value of the computer center and know that the center needs community support to survive.
    The mission will be to extend the computer center’s capacity through dollar gifts, volunteer and program support, and through advocacy.

  • Help out Humane Society

    Galax and Hillsville, as well as Grayson and Carroll counties, seem to be bustling with improvements.
    There are wonderful new water parks scheduled, a new prison that brought new jobs, and a proactive New River Land Trust that will protect this beautiful part of the country.
    However, we must not forget that local organizations such as the Twin County Humane Society desperately need your help.
    The society is a small but mighty group of volunteers that actually saves our tax dollars by rescuing highly adoptable animals from the local animal shelter.