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Letters

  • A class war in Southwest Virginia

    Joe Wilson’s Oct. 1 guest editorial about the Crooked Road probably won’t convert the people he’s talking to, but it does shed some light on the class war we have in Southwest Virginia.
    Many people who have been on this land for a couple of hundred years were impoverished immigrants at the start. Many of us stayed poor.
    I appreciate Joe’s kind words about gentle Christianity, but I don’t see much of it here.
    I don’t enjoy that closed mindset, but I understand wanting to hold tight to whatever you have left.

  • Time for Americans to take stand

    It’s time we “hard-working Americans” take a stand.
    Those of us who must work three jobs to pay our soaring electric bills, etc., do not usually have the time to write a letter in response to other published opinions.
    Even though I run two small businesses, work a public job, and raise three small children, I chose to lose a few precious hours of sleep to voice my concerns with the upcoming elections.
    We are all struggling to keep a positive outlook for our children and live the American Dream.

  • Voters have serious decisions to make

    On Nov. 6, voters in our area will choose their next U.S. congressman, U.S. Senator and president.
    I am voting for Anthony J. Flaccavento for Congress. We have missed the hard work which Rick Boucher did for our district.  Rick has strongly endorsed Anthony as his choice to hold his old seat in Congress.
    Anthony lives in Abingdon. He has helped many farmers start their own profitable businesses and become profitable from the hard work of farming their land.

  • Stand up to 'new' Republicans

    Our “new” Republican leaders have lost their moral bearings.
    They are spreading lies about President Obama’s personal history and his accomplishments, have refused to compromise, blocked every jobs bill, and now are trying to suppress votes.
    Americans have died in the struggle to expand our voting rights. Recently our Republican legislatures across America passed new laws that would make voting more difficult for seniors, minorities, the poor, young, and first-time voters, all of whom are Democratic-leaning voters.

  • Sav A Lab thanks Galax clinic

    Save A Lab thanks the Galax Veterinary Clinic for support of our efforts to rescue Labradors and Labrador‑mix dogs in Carroll and Grayson counties.
    The clinic and staff have gone above and beyond in providing care to these dogs.
    Galax Vet Clinic takes our dogs, boards them, spays or neuters the dogs, treats for parasites, fleas, ticks, and microchips them.
    Yes, we pay for these services. But the clinic goes way beyond routine vet care for these homeless and very often emotionally-needy dogs.

  • Pay attention to debates

    The Gazette’s Sept. 3 “Vote Smart” editorial rightly invokes the important obligation for every voter to be objectively informed before going to the polls.
    Unfortunately, two (not so subtle, but hopefully unintentional) examples of the very bias the editorial would have us avoid are the out of context quotes, widely used in anti‑Obama rhetoric, that were included in the second paragraph of the piece.
    The fact that those quotes came from speeches made in Virginia is incidental to the nominal theme of the editorial.

  • Clearing up SWVTC misinformation

    I would like to clear up some misinformation regarding the closure of Southwestern Virginia Training Center.
    Contrary to reports by some news sources and the state, the final consent decree issued by Judge John Gibney does not require the closure of any training center!  
    More importantly, Judge Gibney insisted on changes to the original agreement protecting the legal rights of residents.

  • Medical bills were too expensive

    Not long ago I had a back problem. Probably could have gotten over it on my own, but I was hurting so bad I went to the Galax hospital.
    They did absolutely nothing that helped me. But they did do what hospitals do best.
    They gave me a big fat bill of $3,582.06 for staying about two to three hours and doing a few vastly overpriced services. Plus $989 for some doctor who I guess got paid to authorize their “services.”
    He finally said, “We don’t see anything,” and sent me to Baptist Hospital.

  • Veterans support memorial

    I want to address the caller’s concern in the Sept 5. Readers’ Hotline regarding the cost of the Veterans’ Memorial.
    I find it exciting and a blessing that a large part of the fundraising success has been from the veterans, and their families themselves who have bought granite pavers to honor and memorialize their beloved veteran.
    It is an ongoing opportunity to support the memorial.
    We invite everyone to celebrate our success on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, when we dedicate the first seven monuments, and honor our World War II veterans.

  • Ryan's Medicare plan a proven failure

    Rep. Paul Ryan has proposed to replace Medicare with vouchers for future generations, stating that competition among private sector plans will bring down healthcare costs.
    Why does he think that will work, given that we have had private sector competition for 30-plus years, resulting in ever-escalating costs and millions of our fellow citizens uninsured?
    This has even been tried with the Medicare population. According to the New York Times, “Medicare Advantage is a 15-year failed experiment in privatization.