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Letters

  • Coyote bounty unnecessary

    I was raised to eat what I kill, except for termites and such, and I do not understand our Grayson County supervisors’ concern about coyotes eating deer. We have more than enough deer out by Gold Hill.
    They are a pest! They wipe out my neighbors’ gardens and cause car wrecks. Even this time of year, I usually see at least three when I drive back from town in early morning or evenings.

  • Film promotes respect for life

    TV host Glenn Beck and other stalwarts of the Christian right have attacked the recent blockbuster “Noah” as being “pro-animal” and unfaithful to the Bible.
    Well, yes and no.
    The film is both pro-animal and faithful to the Bible, at least to the Book of Genesis, our only source for the story of Noah.
    After all, Genesis 1:29 admonishes, “Behold, I have given you every herb yielding seed which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree that has seed-yielding fruit — to you it shall be for food.”

  • Help during a difficult time

    I am writing to commend Luis Jimenez and staff at Golden Living Center for the wonderful job everyone did taking care of my mother, Flora Carico, for the past seven-plus years while she was a patient.
    I know she could be a little difficult at times, but that did not deter anyone from showing respect and a caring attitude. I could sleep at night knowing her needs were handled properly.

  • Family honors ancestor

    In May 2012, my husband and I dedicated a new tombstone in the Archelous Cornett Cemetery at Elk Creek.
    The tombstone is inscribed with the names of James Cornett and brother, David. James’ original tombstone was broken many years ago and his brother David never had one, as far as anyone knows.
    However, it is believed that David is buried in this same cemetery along with his wife, Sarah Adaline Platt, because David and James grew up on this land, their parents are buried in this cemetery and it is named for their brother.

  • Grant center needs assistance

    The Grant Community Computing Center needs friends.
    In order to transition into becoming its own entity, we need to create a “Friends of the Computer Center” group of individuals who understand the value of the computer center and know that the center needs community support to survive.
    The mission will be to extend the computer center’s capacity through dollar gifts, volunteer and program support, and through advocacy.

  • Help out Humane Society

    Galax and Hillsville, as well as Grayson and Carroll counties, seem to be bustling with improvements.
    There are wonderful new water parks scheduled, a new prison that brought new jobs, and a proactive New River Land Trust that will protect this beautiful part of the country.
    However, we must not forget that local organizations such as the Twin County Humane Society desperately need your help.
    The society is a small but mighty group of volunteers that actually saves our tax dollars by rescuing highly adoptable animals from the local animal shelter.

  • Zoning fixes won't please everyone

    You’re never going to be able to amend the Grayson County zoning ordinance to everyone’s liking. The people that want zoning don’t want to compromise.
    I can do the jobs of [County Administrator Jonathan] Sweet and [Zoning Administrator Elaine] Holeton 10 times better than them.
    There would be few issues with zoning if the county had administrators that viewed constituents as customers. Stop using zoning to tell people “no,” and start using it to build and help “customers” do small things on their property.

  • Grayson's 'Spendthrift Trio'

    Supervisor Rosenbaum pledged to save Grayson County money and has done exactly the opposite, with supervisors Brewer and Sexton going right along, becoming The Spendthrift Trio.
    First, The Trio voted to repeal zoning. The accumulating costs of this act, still unknown today, caused the trio to table the motion the next month.
    Then, rather than studying the issue and making recommendations, they directed staff and the Planning Commission to make changes that would make zoning more “user-friendly.” That is real leadership.

  • Coyote bounty not supported by facts

    Grayson County supervisors Brewer, Rosenbaum and Sexton are not following Abraham Lincoln’s advice of “government of the people, by the people, and for the people.”
    Mr. Rosenbaum said they have to appoint family members to tax-supported government positions because they don’t know enough people to fill those positions.

  • Galax showed sportsmanship

    I would like to congratulate Galax students and fans on a year of demonstrated sportsmanship, as highlighted by the basketball sportsmanship announced at the basketball finals.
    Several Altavista fans told me of the kind comments that came from the Galax fans after the Altavista/Galax football game last fall.
    It appears that the fans appreciated a good game by two good teams, even though their team did not win.
    Winning the team basketball sportsmanship also tells me that sportsmanship is prevalent in the schools and in the community.