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Letters

  • Fries could be goldmine with better plan

    The recent Gazette editorial encouraging Fries Town Council to revisit the master plan for revitalization was spot on.
    For Fries to flourish economically, it must first embrace its history and scenic beauty to attract tourist dollars rather than immediately redefine itself as a site for industrial opportunism.
    Successful marketing of existing strengths will grow the economy, elevate community visibility, and attract appropriate business ventures rather than suffer at the mercy of a hodge-podge of disconnected businesses.

  • The U.S. government vs. the American people

    The hullabaloo over crossing the red line when it comes to radical nations’ leaders who kill their own people to stay in power.
    Talk, excuses and vacation time is the norm for this government.
    Here in our own backyard and government are agencies rife with abuse, incompetence, emptiness, stupidity and political favors.
    From the way our veterans are treated back from war, to the IRS, National Security Agency and Environmental Protection Agency (run by a bunch of morons), the CIA — all lost in the land of Oz.

  • Medical marijuana should be legalized

    Medicare, Medicaid, private party insurance, the (Un)Affordable Care Act, various charities for various ills, strange world indeed.
    Police funding from asset forfeiture from drug arrests, used to buy more weapons, body armor and crime scene equipment.
    All while there is a bill, HR 4498 put forward by Rep. Morgan Griffith (R‑Va) in Congress to allow states to appropriately use marijuana for health care. Yes indeed it is a strange world.

  • EPA should regulate meat industry emissions

    I am delighted that the Environmental Protection Agency has finally moved to abate the disastrous impacts of climate change by regulating carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.
    But, given the adverse reaction from the coal industry, the agency should have issued parallel regulations on emissions from meat industry operations.
    Each state could than determine its own optimal strategy for curbing greenhouse gases.

  • Community thanked for food drive donations

    On behalf on the Carroll County Ministerial Association’s Community Food Bank, I thank everyone who contributed to the recent food drive at our local post offices.
    I also thank individuals and churches in Carroll County who support our food bank through donations.
    Your generosity is helping those in our community who are “food insecure,” those who must make a choice between buying food or getting needed prescriptions re-filled, and those who are down and out and just need to know someone cares.
    Thank you and God bless you.

  • Encourage Carson to run for president

    I ask everyone who reads this letter to let Dr. Ben Carson know that you want him to run for president.
    Americans are clamoring for him to run, from every state in the U.S.
    Without a doubt he will be the only Republican candidate who can beat Hillary Clinton.

  • Trash removal service is unfair in Fries

    I would like to address the inequities of the trash removal service in the Fries part of Grayson County.
    I reside in an area for which the weekly pickup date is Monday. Because a majority of holidays are celebrated on Mondays, no pickup service is provided on those days nor is an alternate day scheduled.
    We are forced to accumulate trash for two weeks which not only is a hardship but which also attracts rodents and larger wildlife to our trash.
    I tried using a bigger trash container but the trash collectors placed a label on it saying that it was too large.

  • Church thanks those who gave to fundraiser

    I would like to thank Horton’s Super Market  and Dixie’s Baked Goods for donating to our recent church fundraiser at Shiloh United Methodist Church.
    With all the different benefits and fundraisers going on all the time, I know it is hard for small businesses to  donate to each and every one.
    I just want to say “thank you” to all of those that do support these type activities. It does not go unnoticed.
    John Hash
    Austinville

  • Lost, sick dog needs owner's care

    On May 21, my husband and I found a small dog in the road on Old Bridle Creek Drive. She was very old, but her head was up and looking around. I guess she was just resting.
    She is a sweet beagle with cataracts, a sore on her foot and no hearing. We took her over to Twin Oaks Veterinary Hospital. They still have her.
    Would the owners please step up and take care of their aging pet? They think she should be euthanized, as she has other medical problems as well, but she doesn’t complain.

  • No child should be allowed to go hungry

    Your May 21 news item, “Unpaid meal fees eat away at school budget,” is a heartbreaker.
    Something is seriously wrong with us and our government at the local, state and federal level, if we cannot supply school breakfast, lunch and snacks for all of our children.
    Another recent Gazette story said more than 3,000 Grayson County people go hungry at least once a day. Many of them could be children.