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Letters

  • Lamb's Table feeds the needy

    Kristy Pollard’s letter to the editor concerning "Lamb's Table" touched my heart and I would like to thank her for the kind words.
    I would also like to expound on them. "Lamb’s Table" is more than one year old and has served more than 5,000 meals since its inception.
    We offer a meal every Tuesday from 5 to 6 p.m. and everyone is invited to share a meal with us.
    Meals are also delivered to those in the community who cannot come to the fellowship hall of Independence First United Methodist Church.

  • Delegate-elect thanks voters

    I would like to thank the residents of the Fifth House District for the opportunity to serve as your Delegate in the Virginia General Assembly.
    I am honored, humbled and excited by the opportunity.
    I firmly believe Southwest Virginia’s best days are still ahead, and I am committed to doing everything I can to make that a reality.
    While I do not have all the answers or any quick fixes, I promise to work hard every day for you.

  • Social Security myths set straight

    Over the past few months, I have heard so much misinformation about Social Security that I feel compelled to set the record straight.
    I have worked at the Social Security office in Wytheville for more than four years and have been a Social Security employee for almost seven years.
    During that time, I have learned a great deal about how the program works. So here are some facts for your readers to consider:

  • Veterans Day program commended

    This letter is to commend all concerned with the outstanding program that was presented on Veterans Day at Carroll County Intermediate School in Hillsville.
    This ceremony was definitely over the top with patriotism, love of God and love of country.
    From the performance of Junior ROTC members, the chorus, the band, the speeches by Gracie and Kymbre, who had won the patriotic essay contest, keynote speaker Lt. Col. Byron Penland (commander of the Radford Arsenal), Mr. Thompson, the CCIS principal, and the student body, perfection prevailed.

  • Lambs Table program is a blessing

    I want to thank First United Methodist Church in Independence for the free Lambs Table dinner it gives every Tuesday.
    You can give if you can, but you are not expected to.
    My son is disabled and had been isolated in his home for quite some time. This church opened up to him and he now lives for the Tuesday dinner.
    They come and get him and take him to the church and then back home when it is over.

  • A Thanksgiving Psalm

    I would like to share with you a favorite Psalm of Thanksgiving, Psalm 103:1-5.
    “Praise the Lord, O my Lord; All my inmost being praising His Holy name; Praise the Lord O my soul and forget his benefits who forgives all our sins and heals all our desires, who redeems your life from the pits and crowns us with love and compassion, who satisfies our desires with good things so that our youth is renewed to life, like the eagles.”
    The theme of this Psalm is God’s great love for us.

  • Shop local this holiday season

    As the holidays approach, let’s remember to keep our money in America and in our communities!
    Here are some gift-giving ideas that will support your local community and keep money here in America!
    A gift certificate from a local: auto-service shop, car wash and detail shop, grocery store, hair and nail salon, spa or barber shop, movie theater, restaurant.

  • A Veterans Day to remember in Hillsville

    We have just enjoyed our best Veterans Day weekend, and certainly one of the best parades ever.
    To all the Hillsville parade participants on Nov. 12, I extend a very warm and hearty thank you!
    For fear of forgetting somebody, I will not try to list all of you, but to the marchers, riders, Carroll County High School band, Junior ROTC, reigning VFW queens, scouts, classic cars, individuals, military units, fire departments, and especially our veterans and Ladies Auxiliary, you helped to make this a special time for us.

  • State not spending wisely on transportation

    I went to a meeting in Hillsville in May 2011 concerning the roads in Carroll County and sat through all the excuses why the Virginia Department of Transportation cannot fix the secondary roads.
    What do we live in, a third world country? I have been on better roads in poor countries than these roads
    At the end of the meeting, the representatives suggested we write to our congressman. Some of these roads were put on the six year waiting list. Well, that is just great. Some have already been on it for 15 years and some were dropped off.

  • Honor veterans' sacrifices

    We often read an obituary in our local newspaper that includes recognition of the deceased being a veteran of the U.S. military. Many of these are survivors of World War II and the last of what is rightfully called "The Greatest Generation."
    Aside from family and close friends, little is known of the true history of these individuals. Their passing is marked without fanfare, except for the VFW, and very little knowledge of their bravery in battle.