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Letters

  • Community appreciates law enforcement

    Part of my job as a police chief is to review the activities of the Galax Police Department on a daily basis. As I have for the past 15 years, I recently started a comparison of 2015 to the past two years.
    On a nationwide basis, the public approval of the police profession has suffered through troubling times, and has declined over the past 10 years. It has become increasingly difficult to attract young people to seek a career as a police officer.
    It has been significantly different for members of the Galax Police Department.

  • Many miss Bible's message of love, tolerance, forgiveness

    Words matter! A lady told me she was in high school before she realized her school clothes were not purchased at “Mon-Go-Merry-Ward’s,” her immigrant parents’ misnomer for a favorite store. Lincoln’s words, “the mystic chords of memory will swell to a chorus when touched by our nature’s better angels,” softened the bitter hatred of the Civil War.

  • Carroll County registrar thanks electoral officials

    The Carroll County Electoral Board and Voter Registration Office would like to recognize the efforts of the officers of election put forth on this past election day, Nov. 8.
    Your time and dedication to the voting citizens in our county is invaluable. Thank you for your service and a job well done.
    We could not do this without you. We appreciate all you do!
    Dennie R. Shockley, Chairman
    Brenda N. Lindsey, Vice Chair
    Brenda A. Diamond, Secretary
    Kimberly N. Cloud, General Registrar

  • Don't destroy Medicare with private vouchers

    U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, Chairman Kevin Brady of the House Ways and Means Committee, and Chairman Tom Price of the House Budget Committee, who is President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services, are among Republican leaders who support legislation to privatize Medicare by converting it to a “premium support” system.
    I urge your newspaper to editorialize against their efforts to change Medicare to a “voucher” plan that will raise the cost of health care for seniors.

  • Democratic Party needs to remember working class

    I recently read the editorial “Webb’s Warning” in The Roanoke Times.
    The author of the piece discusses Jim Webb’s brief campaign for the Democratic nomination for president and his warning that the Democratic Party has inadvertently begun to ignore its traditional base of working class voters.
    Webb isn’t wrong.
    There is a sizable voting block in America that feels failed by both parties. These folks haven’t experienced the economic recovery that is taking shape in other parts of the country.

  • Slow down to shop small this holiday season

    I recently attended a Shop Local Kickoff event, featuring state and local proclamations highlighting the importance of shopping local brick and mortar retail stores. The event made me think about my holiday shopping.
    This year, I’m challenging myself to make local purchases and encourage everyone else to do the same. I say challenge because I get it – it’s often faster and less expensive to go online. But that route wastes our power to use our purchases to make a difference in our communities.

  • Community made Halloween Bash a success

    A big thank you is in order to all who helped make our Halloween bash a huge success in 2016!
    The Galax Downtown Association extends its gratitude to sponsors, businesses, organizations and individuals who donated candy, food, drinks, money and time.
    Without your contributions, this event would not have been a success.  We also deeply appreciate the efforts of all our volunteers.

  • Registrar thanks election officials for helping voters

    To the officers of election in Grayson County, thank you so much for all your careful work and patience during the presidential election!
    We sincerely appreciate your effort to give each and every voter a good experience on Nov. 8.
    Many of you had long, long lines of anxious neighbors in addition to some uncooperative voting machines but you helped create confidence and security. It was such a long day, but you kept the voters informed and happy.
    We all are a team in the election process and we couldn’t do it without you. Our hats off to you!

  • Questions about real estate taxes in Grayson

    I have been a landowner and taxpayer in Grayson for some 40 years.
    Initially, real estate tax was paid once a year. As assessments skyrocketed, so did the real tax. After a lot of complaining to the supervisors, Grayson tax payments were changed to twice a year.
    Glory Be!  How responsive were our appointed officials.
    But it didn’t last long because the county ran out of money (poor fiscal management!) the second half of the year and had to borrow and pay interest to get by.

  • Handwriting important for cognitive skills

    Thank you for your Oct. 24 news item on the value of written communication.
    I notice The Gazette photo showed a student using a pencil and paper, as well as a computer tablet. Does this mean, I hope, that Galax schools are teaching cursive handwriting?
    If not, here’s a plug for the process: Learning cursive is great for developing cognitive and motor skills.