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Letters

  • Coach looks back on career

    As I reflect on my 31 years of coaching girls’ sports at Galax High School, I felt like I needed to take the time to publicly thank several groups that helped make my coaching career both successful and enjoyable.
    I know it is impossible to thank everyone, so if I leave anyone out, I apologize.
    First I would like to thank all of the school board members, superintendents, principals, assistant principals, athletic directors, and city council members.

  • Voice opinions about 'Bottle House'

    To all citizens of The Town of Hillsville:
    I am writing this letter for you to call or write your council member or mayor, expressing your opinion about the possible purchase of the “Bottle House” property.
    They don’t know unless you express your opinion.
    Nancy B. Beasley
    Hillsville

     

  • Jewelry store thanks customers

    Roy's Diamond Center would like to thank all our customers and friends for making our 35th anniversary celebration a huge success.
    Thanks to all who came by to congratulate Roy. We also appreciate all the cards, flowers, cakes, pies, brownies, cupcakes, balloons and gifts.
    We loved each and every one of them.
    Roy Truitt and the Roy's Diamond Center Family

  • Don't contaminate drinking water

    Before contaminating the Independence public water supply with sodium fluoride, please, dear public, investigate the precautions and dangers associated with this very questionable substance. A bit of research will reveal that sodium fluoride, a by-product of the munitions industry after World War II, is a known toxin to humans. Its use in the public water supply has actually been linked to an increase in hip fractures and osteoporosis, cancers, and genetic damage. Sodium fluoride inhibits the enzyme systems in the body and damages the immune system.

  • Prepare students for future through STEM education

    Keith J. Peden is senior vice president of human resources and security for Raytheon Company

    It’s not that American kids start out less curious — they’re just not getting the kind of motivation they need. Local efforts, particularly in Carroll County, have focused on enhancing STEM education to prepare students for the future.

  • Fries needs new leadership

    The reason Fries is in a mess due to the lack of leadership, planning and downright greed.
    Fries is not a resort community. Fries is a wonderful place to live, with much to offer in the way of beauty and the kindness of citizens.
    I am not running for office. My concern is only for Fries and the people.
    A benefit paid for by citizens is garbage collection. Collection has been modified by town council to satisfy the wants of our garbage contractor.

  • May 1 election is crucial for Fries

    This letter concerns the Town of Fries town election on May 1.
    This is the most controversial and crucial election to ever occur in this town.
    The issues that concern citizens are: golf carts on streets, charging unnecessary excessive rates on water and sewer utility bills, unaffordable train station, possibility of raising real estate taxes.
    I have lived in Fries for 46 years, served on town council two terms and also as mayor.
    As far back as I can remember, Fries has been an affordable community to live and raise a family.

  • Focus on meeting children's needs

    Smart Beginnings Twin County/Galax invited citizens of Southwest Virginia to come together during the national Week of the Young Child, April 22-28.
    As part of this annual recognition across the country, we honor young children and all those who make a difference in children’s lives.
    All young children need and deserve high‑quality early learning experiences that will prepare them for success in school and in life. The Week of the Young Child was a time for Southwest Virginia to recognize that the early years are learning years for our youngest citizens.

  • Don't turn back clock on America

    The last time I checked, this is 2012 and not the 1960s.
    What a sad and disgusting time in our country when some want to turn back the clock to the days of racial divide, violence, acid tongue. Morons who proclaim to be peacemakers and men of the cloth who are wolves that come in sheep’s clothing.
    A few in our society have never grown up. They are wet behind he ears and out of sync with reality and the real world.

  • New supervisors promote openness

    Carroll County voters received a significant dividend for their vote for change in government when two of the newly-elected supervisors courageously broke ranks and blew the whistle on the board’s unnecessarily closed informational meeting with prospective wind farm developers.
    This was a clash of the old way — criticized for overuse of executive sessions, with the new — a promise of more open and inclusive government.