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Letters

  • 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.

  • Vote for those who stand for God

    Each year at election time I find myself becoming discouraged as the political ads start creeping their way into my morning radio, newspaper, and e-mail.
    It’s appalling to see the people who claim to be leaders of our  nation, states, and communities jeopardizing their morals for the sake of becoming elected.
    Slander is the theme of many campaign ads. It’s all about who can dig up the most dirt on their opponent. Anything goes as long as you get the vote!

  • Bedsaul cared deeply for Rooftop and clients

    Let me tell you some things about Christina Bedsaul.
    This is a woman who worked 10 hours a day [at Rooftop of Virginia] for 8 hours of pay. Who cried over budget cuts that would cause layoffs and fought tooth and nail for funding to avoid some.
    This is a woman who took the job not for money but to help those who needed help. Took money out of her own pocket to pay for a motel room for a homeless man in the winter because she could not find a shelter with a room and bought him a meal, too.

  • Volunteers are finding animals loving homes

    For the second time, the Twin County Humane Society Homes Program thanks the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies for providing a generous grant to help stray dogs and cats get a home.
    Thanks, too, to the people willing to give an animal a forever home.
    The homes program provided assistance to families willing to take in stray and abandoned dogs and cats and give them a loving home.

  • Community helped make benefit a success

    I want to extend a big “thank you” to the families, friends, neighbors, churches and everyone who helped make my benefit a success.
    Thanks to all who came, gave, donated, baked and helped.
    May God bless each one of you.
    Wilma Reedy
    Troutdale

     

  • GHS golf team, supporters commended

    As the varsity golf coaches at Galax High School, we are very proud of our team for winning back to back state championships this year and last year.
    This accomplishment was reached with the support of the Galax City School System, parents of the players and the community.
    On behalf of the varsity golf team, we would like to extend our appreciation to Graham Laird and Blue Ridge Country Club, Steve Hazelwood and Galax City Golf Course, Bo Goins and Olde Mill Golf Course, Jay Guynn, Roger Martin, Doug Bryant and the Galax Athletic Boosters.

  • The world is a hard place to live in

    In our warped, violent, greedy no-holds barred society, where bad is good and wrong is right, here come these voices saying change in politics and direction of the country, but where is this when it comes to the heart?
    Back on that dark and horrible day of 9-11, we as a nation came together as one, treated one another better and made that American spirit stronger and proud.
    Time went by, attitudes changed. Our country drifted back to same old ways of distrust in the powers that be, trash talking and condoning violence, hatred and race baiting.

  • 'Open door policy' questioned

    After reading many of the recent letters published in the paper in support of Richard Vaughan and attacking Mark Burnett, I felt that I had to speak up to set the record straight.
    I am a former employee of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, where I worked under Sheriff Vaughan and his predecessor.
    Vaughan stated in his letter to the paper that “nobody has to have an appointment to speak with me.” This statement is not true.

  • Sheriff not spending responsibly

    After reading the letters submitted for Richard Vaughan, I feel the need to respond.
    Vaughan states that he has run his office in a financially responsible manner. However, if you take a look at his approved budgets since taking office, you see a different story.
    The current yearly budget includes line item requests which include $135,000 for “automobiles” and “automobile expenses” and $6,000 for “construction.”