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Letters

  • Consequences of failed leadership

    With the exception of President Clinton’s first term and President Obama’s first two years, Republicans have been in control of our government for the past 30 years.
    This reign began under President Reagan and his mantra was “government is the problem.”
    The Republican leadership has said shrink government, reduce taxes and get rid of regulations and our problems will be solved. Unfortunately, the problems are multiplying and deepening.

  • Odell Hamden remembered

    My memories of Odell Hamden are wonderful and plentiful, knowing him as long as I can remember.
    He was one of those people who, if you knew him, you grew up looking up to and it only grew stronger as you got older.
    Growing up in Galax Presbyterian Church, I always remember him being in the choir and always someone you knew would be there if there was any type of need. He would always say, "You're looking good today!"

  • Living in a divided nation

    Capitalism, free enterprise, greed, political warfare and a divided nation.
    In addition to the Middle East, one country after the other falling apart with violence and no leadership, all for freedom and democracy. Some in Iran and North Korea want to play the nuclear card.
    Now, there is the election this year for the next president.
    Obama wants to keep his job. The GOP with its millionaires wants to take it away from him on issues of the economy, jobs, leadership. And who has the real concern for the poor?

  • Urge state to restore library funding

    I urge all citizens to contact their representatives in the Virginia General Assembly and ask them to support the budget amendment restoring the governor’s proposed 2 percent cut in state aid to public libraries.
    The cut would reduce statewide funding for libraries by $295,436 for each of the next two years.
    Our public libraries provide a vital service to our communities, one that is especially important in filling the educational and research needs of rural communities such as Grayson County, where I live.

  • Rural areas need libraries' services

    To Our Members of the General Assembly:
    I am writing on behalf of the Friends of the Grayson County Public Library about the proposed reduction in state funding for Virginia libraries.
    As a volunteer community organization we are concerned about maintaining services in our local Wythe-Grayson Regional Library System as well as statewide.

  • Are supervisors listening to voters?

    Last November, Carroll voters expressed a clear desire for change. Three of the five contested supervisor races were won by challengers, and the challengers won by a remarkable average margin of 25 percent, while the two contested incumbents who were re-elected had just 8 percent margins.
    With the reconstituted board seated, Carroll citizens can only hope that their message was heard.

  • An obligation to help less fortunate

    Maybe there’s some hope for Grayson County, after all.
    The three new members of the Grayson Board of Supervisors show definite signs of caring about other people. The courthouse board room was filled with 30 or 40 of us — many of them supporters from Providence and Oldtown — when the board held a work session Jan. 19 to review our much-debated solid waste ordinance.

  • Corporations threaten democracy

    Our approval rating for Congress is at its lowest in our history. Our representatives and corporations are leading us in a race to the bottom.
    Consider the fact that we have fallen from number one in education to 15th. Education is crucial to a democracy’s success.

  • Waddell moved by stage dedication

    I would like to thank everyone for the dedication of the open-air theater in the dell behind the Galax Public Library.
    To have the theater named in my honor was beyond my expectations. I am proud, and at the same time, humbled, by the honor, since so many of my friends were instrumental in the conception, initiation and actualization of the Galax Theater Guild and its many productions.

  • Keep focus on our children's future

    We seem concerned with ourselves as parents and grandparents and less concerned about our children.
    As we age, the regrets we have yet to confront will not compare to those we are forced to live with each day.
    The past is irreversible. We cannot erase the past from our minds, happy or sad as it may be.
    Regrets make the past and present, unpleasant. Regrets originate from intentional choices we have made. We should learn from bad choices that yield regrets.