• Reader appreciated story about Joe Wilson

    The Gazette has done it again. I never knew Joe Wilson, but your June 29 coverage of his memorial concert brought him to life.
    Probably the people closest to him will cut out the news clipping and put it in the family Bible, that’s how good it is.
    That story could’ve been a big pile of gooey sentiment, but it wasn’t.
    Once in a while you print stories that give a nod to the values we cherish here. You let people know what is really important, and I thank you for that.
    Kyle Noble

  • Parents choose to home school for many reasons

    I read with interest the comments by the Hotline caller about homeschooling and would like to invite interested families to find out why so many families choose to educate their children at home.
    The homeschooling community is not out to do away with the public school system. My heart goes out to public school teachers, they are definitely not paid what they are worth!
    There are many reasons why parents educate their children at home:
    • individualize the curriculum and learning environment for each child.

  • A tribute to my sister, Robin Hackler

    Several months ago, our family began to see a decline in our beloved Robin’s health. There were numerous doctor visits, tests, and inconclusive results.
    Our worst fears were confirmed when a routine heart catheterization revealed that she would needed heart surgery to correct three major blockages.
    Robin was not allowed to leave the hospital due to her condition, and surgery was scheduled for March 10. That is the day my world stopped, and I quickly realized how quickly life can forever change.

  • Keep Southwest Virginia Training Center open

    I have a subject that is very close to my heart and I’m sure not many Virginians are aware of it.
    There are seven training centers for the mentally retarded in the commonwealth, or were. In Southwest Virginia the training center is still open. However, the residents are being moved out to private industries or private homes as they are called.
    The facility is in Hillsville and it is beautiful, well-staffed and well-managed and includes a medical department, which is well- staffed.

  • Thankful for those who speak out

    Regarding the June 1 Hotline comment that somebody was “appalled” that Concerned Citizens for Grayson County Schools had the gall to speak up on behalf of our children…
    Any outfit that fires teachers and rewards support staff with pay increases needs to be soundly castigated.
    What will people think if they hear about this mess? Maybe they will appreciate the light of honesty and the willingness to work to make our schools a better place for children to learn.

  • Ban antibiotics in animal agriculture

    On June 2, President Obama directed federal agencies to serve antibiotic-free meat and poultry in government cafeterias.
    The FDA will require animal producers to obtain authorization from a licensed veterinarian to use drugs to treat a specific disease, rather than just to promote rapid growth, as is current practice.
    As much as 80 percent of all U.S. antibiotics are used in animal agriculture.

  • Post office is a disgrace

    Trading and releasing five Taliban men partly responsible for demolishing the Twin Towers and killing thousands of Americans for an AWOL solider.
    That is a slap in the face of all the 9-11 families. This makes me want to puke.
    Talking about all your eggs in one basket, the US Post Office is a disgrace. It looks like with all the so-called educated people responsible for this department could at least add and subtract.

  • Trail rider repents for upsetting forest

    This is repentance of a trail rider, written in response to local Forest Service superintendent statements that trail riders are “impacting wildlife habitat and viewing” and scaring forest animals.
    It has been brought to my attention the physiological harm I have been contributing to by riding my mule in our national forest.

  • Carroll supports agriculture

    Recent actions by the Carroll County Board of Supervisors demonstrate support for the industry of agriculture in Carroll County.
    The budget will eliminate taxation on farm machinery. The real estate tax levy will be reduced by 2 cents per $100. Both actions help create an environment where agriculture can flourish.

  • Forest service needs to allow access to land

    Hopefully, by now people know about the forest service’s  proposed East End Trail realignment from Virginia 16 to the New River.
    There may be more coming to the west and middle of the Mount Rogers Recreation Area.
    Please come to the May 30 meeting at Wytheville Community College, Galax Hall, from 9 a.m. to noon.
    We need to show the forest service that historically used trails that the people want are kept in the system. Then, because the forest service is proposing “field trips,” we can show them these trails.