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Letters

  • 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.

  • School system should have saved up for field work

    While being a current athlete and coach, I am excited about the possibility of having a smooth surface to play on, however the priorities of the city has been to increase education, create jobs and grow tourism.
    A revamped field does not address these concerns. While discipline and physical education is a byproduct of athletics, the current field has not prevented our football team and soccer team from winning state titles.

  • Charlottesville violence raises many questions

    I know how President Trump can satisfy the mainstream media and liberal politicians over the Charlottesville national disgrace. Just admit the truth by stating, on Twitter, that “the police acted stupidly.”
    This is a tried and true approach the media has already endorsed and will improve race relations dramatically. Maxine Waters might even lay off a couple hours as the confusion created will temporarily shut her race-baiting, obnoxious piehole.

  • Wolf deserves recognition in Galax

    I have just read an opinion regarding the need to recognize McKinley Wolf at the Galax High School. I second the need.
    As a native of Galax and graduate I knew him well, as well as his mother. I am still supporting Galax High through the foundation.
    It is men like Mr. Wolf that has made students better people and citizens.
    Thank you.
    Walter B. Blair
    Cincinnati, Ohio

    Editor’s note: Wolf was a custodian at Galax Elementary School.

  • A double standard in sentencing?

    I was shocked when I read the article titled “Former rescue captain gets second chance,” in the July 7-9, 2017 paper.
    Then I thought about my own dealings I have had with the courts and it moved to anger.
    I’ve heard this story from so many different people from all walks of life and mostly it always ends in prison, which is where I am.
    What makes this case different? It said in the article that he was convicted in 2010 of possession of morphine, but it was dismissed as a result of the first offender law.

  • Judges praise Galax BBQ contest

    We would like to say thanks to the residents of Galax for the amazing time that we had judging this year’s Smoke on the Mountain.
    We attend a lot of BBQ events but this was far and away one of the best. The judging was extremely well organized and Shannon Dalton and her wonderful group of volunteers took great care of us during the event. It is rare to see a group of folks work so hard to make an event come together.

  • Carroll budget decisions questioned

    Two supervisors voted against approving the 2018 Carroll County budget.
    Jodie Foster said it best: “There’s a tremendous amount of power that comes from not having to say yes.”
    Our budget is unique in that accountability is controlled by your vote. A budget really breaks down to two things. Needs and wants.
    In my opinion, our budgets indicate a ratio of 35 percent needs and 65 percent wants.
    A lot of good people work in county administration and deserve decent pay and benefits.

  • Another innocent life taken by gun violence

    Violence and hatred have taken the life of a police officer in New York.
    A 12-year veteran, mother of three children, was brutally shot and killed while sitting in her police vehicle by a loser who was released from prison.
    A broken system that’s supposed to protect society from hardened criminals has failed miserably.
    We look around and see so many innocent lives taken by gun violence. It is very sad. Shakes the soul to the core.