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Letters

  • Tour of aircraft carrier turns into reunion for veterans

    On Sept. 19, Oscar Hall and I left the Hillsville VFW Post 1115 shortly after daylight for Patriots Point in Charleston, S.C., harbor.

  • Littrell has represented Pipers Gap District well

    Even though I live in Galax, I am a Carroll County landowner. I follow the actions of the Grayson and Carroll supervisors.
    Dr. Tom Littrell represents the Pipers Gap District and I consider him to be serious and fair in all matters that come before the supervisors. He has been a supervisor the past 10 years, so it is easy to judge what he has meant to the people he represents.

  • Civil War letters program informative, entertaining

    On behalf of the United Daughters of the Confederacy Jefferson Davis Chapter 2477 of Galax, I thank the Carroll County 175th Birthday Committee and the Courthouse Productions for a most informative and interesting evening.
    Actual letters were read from Carroll County soldiers to their loved ones back home. Attendees were able to grasp an understanding of the hardships of Civil War veterans and family members from 1861 to 1865, and the difficulties of war from the eyes of those who served on the front lines.

  • There's a lot going on at WCC

    Recently there has been much to celebrate at Wytheville Community College:
    A Virginia Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) report in September recognized WCC as the most affordable of Virginia’s 23 community colleges. According to the Department of Education, of the 1,200 community colleges in the U.S., WCC is ranked as the 16th most affordable.
    WCC’s affordability is due in large part to scholarships funded by private donors, the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission and the Wythe-Bland Foundation.

  • Littrell has common sense, integrity as supervisor

    Having known Tom Littrell more than 45 years, I fully support him for reelection as Carroll County Supervisor in the Pipers Gap District.
    I am the current chairman of the Twin County Airport Commission, and Tom serves on the commission, as well. During his current term as supervisor, the modern airport terminal has been completed. Also, security fencing that completely encloses airport grounds has been installed.

  • Some only believe science when it’s convenient

    In the 1970s, Gordon Moore accurately predicted the speed of computers would double every two years.
    As a retired research scientist, I believe his principle can be applied to many areas of science and technology. Just look at how fast technology advances.
    Our cars and cell phones now talk to us and I’ve noticed it doesn’t matter whether you’re a Democrat or Republican, the technology works the same.

  • Pay attention to how local tax dollars are spent

    I was raised country and I am proud to live in Carroll County. I was born in 1942 and my playmates were a mutt named Fish Hook and a broken-winged mallard named Andy.
    No gas, meat and cloth rations, along with other items.
    I was also raised to be a Christian and understand stewardship means helping your neighbors. Everyone is not wealthy and some need a helping hand. Over 100 people in my family tree were preachers.
    Being country means knowing what a bull drops in the grass. A lot of this ends up in the Twin Counties and City of Galax administration.

  • Platform developed by citizens, not politicians

    Wide frustration with government is largely the result of decades of uneven growth in our country. Some have prospered from the policies of previous administrations, but many more have not. There is the sense that we are treading water, and too many of us are slipping backwards.
    This sense of losing ground is profoundly felt in rural America, where once-thriving communities lost jobs, population and services. Empty storefronts along small town main streets exemplify the profound disruptions wrought by a changing economy and ill-considered policies.

  • Writer thankful officer saw humor in situation

    I have a good relationship with my neighbors. Two of them moved away, but periodically come back to visit. Sometimes, they’ll knock loudly on the front door.
    When I holler out, “Who are you?” they say, “Grayson County Sheriff.”
    I respond, “If ya got a warrant, come on in!”
    A few nights ago, I heard a loud banging on the door. Thinking my neighbors were dropping by, I yelled “Who are ya, and whaddaya want at this hour?!”
    The response was, “Grayson County Sheriff’s officer.”

  • Even bigots guaranteed freedom of speech, assembly

    I can’t work up any good thoughts about the white supremacists who marched with torches and Klan regalia in Charlottesville. But I didn’t see any violence until a white protester launched a punch across a police barricade.