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Letters

  • 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.

  • TCRH staff commended for service

    Twin County Regional Hospital sponsored a volunteer appreciation dinner in Galax on April 16.
    Linda Belcher and the hospital staff did an excellent job in coordinating, decorating and hosting the wonderful event.
    It is nice to be acknowledged for services rendered. But if you want to witness dedication, professionalism, compassion and caring, spend some time observing the nurses, medical staff and various area EMT groups that work tirelessly in the emergency room at the hospital.
    They are the ones who deserve a special thank you from everyone.

  • County's 'due diligence' questioned

    When the Carroll County complex was built in 1999, specifications for the fence around Carter Cemetery changed at the last minute.
    The contractor purchased wrought iron gates as the original specs called for. The county paid $1,800 for the gates and stored them for several years.
    A year ago I inquired about the gates. With rising metal prices, the gates would be worth about $3,000. I got an answer after three months that the gates were hauled away with scrap chain link fence. I pointed out this was not true. Why would anyone haul new gates to a scrap pile?

  • Wired Road service appreciated

    I am writing to express my sincere appreciation for The Wired Road Authority providing broadband in Southwest Virginia.
    I am particularly grateful for the Grant Community Computing Center in Troutdale.
    Not only does the center provide the community with free broadband computer usage, but it also offers free classes ranging from typing and digital photography to Internet and Microsoft Word basics, as well as genealogy, eBay for Business, and even Facebook classes.

  • Community thanked for support

    We want to express our family’s gratitude for all the support provided at the Galax breakfast benefit for Luke Hampton.
    The overwhelming community support and prayers for Luke after his tragic life-changing accident are greatly appreciated.
    We are especially grateful for the organization and work of Marlene and Garry Adams and members of Trinity Baptist Church.

  • Bill would protect our savings

    After our 1929 Wall Street crash and Depression, Congress passed a bill that contained regulations (Glass-Steagall) to prevent risky lending and investing, and keep banking and investing separate so that our savings would be protected.
    In 1999, Wall Street, our Republicans and a majority of our Democrats voted to dismantle Glass-Steagall so that our economy would flourish.