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Letters

  • Senior citizens' benefits being taken away

    I hope everyone knows about all the tricky little laws in our government. I wasn’t educated in government, but I’m learning.
    They have certain laws, then they have these tricky little riders to overcome the laws they just passed.
    Let me explain: I am 80 years old. I have worked all my life. I went on Social Security at age 65 and I hardly made it without any extra help.
    Then they took away our Social Security raise. And I had to go back to work because food, fuel, electricity and water got a little raise, too.

  • Resource officers should stay in schools

    Times have changed in our society and particularly in today’s public schools.
    Administrators in previous years addressed a painted football field before a big game or the mischievous theft of the school mascot.
    Today’s concerns are hit lists that threaten the safety of our students and teachers, as well as deadly weapons confiscated from lockers, back packs and vehicles.
    Great emphasis is placed on school fire drills and safe student evacuations. Thankfully, student deaths related to school fires are practically nonexistent.

  • God can't be separated from our nation

    Editor's note: This letter is in response to an editorial in the Aug. 22-23 edition, about a religious discrimination lawsuit against Grayson, filed by a group that says religion was at the root of the county denying a zoning request.

    In answer to the editorial that religion has no place…
    For the past few years, everything that mentions God’s name or has God’s name on it has been the source of fighting and lawsuits.

  • Americans caught in the middle

    What a sorry state of affairs that continues to plague our country.
    From a political tug of war in Congress and the White House over spending, a huge deficit that keeps growing, the name-calling and finger-pointing goes on.
    In the middle of this squabbling is the American people. Not only are children left behind, it is the workers, taxpayers, the breadwinners and the ones that don’t have a voice in decision-making.

  • Kroger helped Red Cross raise money

    Thanks to our friends at Kroger of Galax and its vendors for their support during the Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention when the Red Cross participated in a special Kroger Days celebration.
    Their staff provided a trailer from which we could serve our food items and even organized several bands to entertain our “diners!”
    We are extremely grateful for this opportunity to raise funds for vital disaster services, assistance to military families, and health and safety education in Carroll, Wythe, and Grayson counties as well as Galax city.

  • Visit the Carroll County Fair

    Jessica Vass, 16, is a homeschool student, farmer, beekeeper, 4-H Livestock Club member and animal exhibitor from Carroll County

  • Vote Lamie for Va. Senate

    We have a new candidate for the Virginia Senate in the 40th District who is well qualified.
    He is John M. Lamie, born in Saltville in 1955. He graduated from King College, magna cum laude, in 1977 and then he attended the University of Tennessee School of Law, graduating in 1980.
    His law firm is Browning, Lamie & Gifford, PC. They have offices in Abingdon, Lebanon, Grundy and Wytheville.

  • Help free clinic help others

    “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
    What Ben Franklin was saying, is that a little effort today will have a great effect on tomorrow.
    The Free Clinic of the Twin Counties has been exerting a little community effort for more than seven years.
    How much effort, you ask? Currently the clinic has more than 800 active patients: 23 percent from Grayson, 32 percent from Galax, 45 percent from Carroll.
    The clinic operates on a lean diet. What I mean by that is there’s no fatback in our beans.

  • Bypass a wasteful 'feel good' project

    The wasteful, frivolous Hillsville bypass project apparently is nearing completion. Why the county and state would want to build a four‑lane highway around Hillsville that would shunt scarce dollars around downtown Hillsville, rather than through it, remains a puzzling question for taxpayers.

  • Finding roadside kindness

    The definition of “Samaritan” from the parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:30-37 is “a person who is generous in helping those in distress.”
    It’s encouraging to know that in today’s rushed, self-absorbed world, there are still people who will help a stranger in need.
    We met two such people the night of July 29. After an encounter with a deer on Highway 21 south of Sparta, N.C., we found ourselves on the side of the road, with parts and the deer in the highway.