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Letters

  • Griffith chooses CEOs over senior citizens

    In mid-December the telephone rang and I found myself patched into a phone town hall conducted by Rep. Morgan Griffith.
    Many of the callers were living on an economic precipice, struggling to get by on Social Security, veterans’ benefits, or other form of assistance.
    They wanted to convey to the congressman the difficulties they were experiencing and in some cases, solicit his help. Social Security is not giving beneficiaries a cost of living increase (COLA) in 2016, and this was a concern.

  • America was ours for a little while

    America was our home to care for, to have pride in for our accomplishments, and our hopes and dreams for our children and grandchildren; and we do nothing as these politicians give it all away to illegals and the terrorists.
    We Americans lost our leadership, and now our society is adrift.
    Our children and grandchildren will be the dying end to this American society.
    The new world order has begun. We Americans are to be left out with no purpose, no voice, and no place.
    Bud Cox
    Galax

  • Lost purse returned, faith in people restored

    To the woman who found my purse recently in a grocery cart at Walmart, I don’t know you, but I thank you so very much for taking it to the store.
    I’m glad there are some good, honest people still in this world.
    Thank you, Thank you.
    Lydia Phillips
    Hillsville

     

  • Sanders wants to protect Social Security

    I’m increasingly alarmed at comments from presidential candidates in both parties regarding Social Security, which is important to older Americans like me. After researching this, there’s only one candidate, Bernie Sanders (Senator, Vermont) who has a proven record throughout his career in the US House and Senate of steadfastly supporting this vital program. Bernie realizes more than half of all workers aged 55 to 64 have no retirement savings, and more than a third of those over 65 count on Social Security for most or all of their income.

  • Hateful acts committed under multiple flags

    During the Civil War, the army of the United States Federal government raped black and white women as they burned and pillaged their way through the south, lynching some who got in their way.
    I’m writing to explain the heart and soul of the Southern heritage the Confederate flag represents.
    Recently, a Confederate cemetery was vandalized by disrespectful, disgusting people that are a prime example of what our heritage has taught us not to be.

  • Make a resolution to stop eating meat

    Once again, it’s time for New Year’s resolutions, particularly those to improve our diet and exercise routine.
    Although gun violence and traffic accidents remain the leading causes of death among young people, the most dangerous weapon for the rest of us is still our fork.
    Well over a million of us are killed each year by high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, and other chronic diseases linked to our meat-based diet.

  • Grayson VFW Post thanks bank, restaurant

    On behalf of Grayson VFW Post 7726, I thank the owner of Tony’s Italian Restaurant of Hillsville and executives of Grayson National Bank for their acts of kindness and expression of appreciation shown to our post honor guard.
    Having recently conducted military rites, we are humbled by your thanks for our service to this great nation and the service we perform at military funerals.
    It is our honor to have served and it makes us proud to know that there are so many citizens who support our efforts.
    Thank you for your support

  • Consider the heritage that flag honors

    Every time someone calls in to defend their right to fly the Confederate Battle Flag, they say they aren’t racists, they are just honoring their heritage.
    I would love someone to please explain what part of their “heritage” they think they are honoring.
    I can understand that they sincerely care about their ancestors as past family members, but what do you mean by honoring your “heritage?”

  • Rooftop thanks donors to Christmas Toy Shop

    On behalf of Rooftop of Virginia CAP, we thank the following organizations and individuals that donated to the Christmas Toy Shop project: Gladeville Ruritan, Grayson National Bank, First Community Bank, Family Dollar, Jeff Johnson Auto, Williams Chiropractic, and Adams Heath Engineering, The Gazette, Carroll News, Carroll County High School, United Commercial Travelers, Galax Social Services and many individuals in our community.
    With these donations this year, Rooftop was able to serve 245 children with new and used toys. Many thanks to all of you who donated generously!

  • Questioning county's office funding plan

    A Dec. 23 item in the Gazette (“Grayson sheriff’s office getting new home”) sounds like the Grayson County Supervisors are gambling with our tax money to get new headquarters for the sheriff.
    Their so-called “defeasance plan” to pay off the loan for this $665,000 facility depends on “making an insured, high-yield and qualified investment deposit that will return an interest dividend sufficient to offset the loan payment.”
    OK, that sounds fine — if their investment pays off.