• Pay attention to debates

    The Gazette’s Sept. 3 “Vote Smart” editorial rightly invokes the important obligation for every voter to be objectively informed before going to the polls.
    Unfortunately, two (not so subtle, but hopefully unintentional) examples of the very bias the editorial would have us avoid are the out of context quotes, widely used in anti‑Obama rhetoric, that were included in the second paragraph of the piece.
    The fact that those quotes came from speeches made in Virginia is incidental to the nominal theme of the editorial.

  • Clearing up SWVTC misinformation

    I would like to clear up some misinformation regarding the closure of Southwestern Virginia Training Center.
    Contrary to reports by some news sources and the state, the final consent decree issued by Judge John Gibney does not require the closure of any training center!  
    More importantly, Judge Gibney insisted on changes to the original agreement protecting the legal rights of residents.

  • Medical bills were too expensive

    Not long ago I had a back problem. Probably could have gotten over it on my own, but I was hurting so bad I went to the Galax hospital.
    They did absolutely nothing that helped me. But they did do what hospitals do best.
    They gave me a big fat bill of $3,582.06 for staying about two to three hours and doing a few vastly overpriced services. Plus $989 for some doctor who I guess got paid to authorize their “services.”
    He finally said, “We don’t see anything,” and sent me to Baptist Hospital.

  • Veterans support memorial

    I want to address the caller’s concern in the Sept 5. Readers’ Hotline regarding the cost of the Veterans’ Memorial.
    I find it exciting and a blessing that a large part of the fundraising success has been from the veterans, and their families themselves who have bought granite pavers to honor and memorialize their beloved veteran.
    It is an ongoing opportunity to support the memorial.
    We invite everyone to celebrate our success on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, when we dedicate the first seven monuments, and honor our World War II veterans.

  • Ryan's Medicare plan a proven failure

    Rep. Paul Ryan has proposed to replace Medicare with vouchers for future generations, stating that competition among private sector plans will bring down healthcare costs.
    Why does he think that will work, given that we have had private sector competition for 30-plus years, resulting in ever-escalating costs and millions of our fellow citizens uninsured?
    This has even been tried with the Medicare population. According to the New York Times, “Medicare Advantage is a 15-year failed experiment in privatization.

  • Coaching makes difference for Galax

    On Aug. 17 I watched two fine football teams battle in Carroll County.
    Like many Galax fans, I was concerned about how Galax would perform after losing so many outstanding players from last year’s team.
    Well, we got our answer with a Galax victory over a very good Carroll County team.
    Which brings me to my main point of how lucky Galax High School’s football players are to have a coach like Mark Dixon, who was All-America at the University of Virginia and an outstanding pro with the Miami Dolphins.

  • Answering accusations about Obama

    I’m writing in response to the nice Christian lady who suggests that the president of the United States of America is the Anti-Christ. I cannot let this go unchallenged.
    I think this woman is suffering from a serious case of Fox News overload.
    The letter seems obsessed with gay people. Who is the self-proclaimed judge of morality?
    I think it was God who said that He created everyone equal and in His image. Does this mean that she believes “everyone” means everyone but those “bad old gay people?”

  • Our country has lost its focus

    Politics, election of 2012, foreign policy, the Pentagon and the economy.
    When one looks, sees and really focuses on matters that have this country in such a bad shape, it pains the heart.
    In the middle of all this are the needs and security and safety of the American people.
    Deception, falsehoods and wishful thinking have lead this great nation down the road of danger and lack of respect.
    Two wars fought. Blood, sweat, and tears shed for what?

  • Closing center would disrupt lives

    On behalf of my nephew, Bret, who is a resident at Southwestern Virginia Training Center, I thank Chris Brooke and The Gazette for all your time and articles on the proposed closing of the center.
    We are fighting to keep the residents their homes and the hundreds of employees their jobs.
    This is a great facility with personnel to care for all their needs, and home to these residents who cannot speak for themselves.
    They do not want changes to disrupt their lives. They like structure and need it and have it here.

  • Say 'no' to wind turbines in Carroll