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Letters

  • Remember the elderly at Christmas time

    Not only do we need to be sure and remember all the little children this time of year, we also need to think about any elderly people who live alone.
    A visit, a kind word, a Christmas card or a small gift to warm their hearts so they don’t feel left out.
    I am enclosing a poem I wrote. It gives you something to think about:

    The Old Man
    No Christmas tree in this house.
    No wreath upon the door.
    The old man spends Christmas alone once more.
    Forgotten by his children, and by his neighbors he is ignored.

  • Song about Independence deserves to be heard

    Did you know Independence, Va., has its own song? Well, it does, and it’s one of the prettiest songs you’ll ever hear.
    A while back I was doing a YouTube search for my hometown. A song popped up played by the April Verch Band, named “Independence, Va.”
    I couldn’t believe what I was hearing!  Surely this was a mistake.

  • Volunteer to help Santa instead of complaining

    To the [Readers Hotline caller] wanting to read letters to Santa, he or she might consider volunteering as Santa’s helper as a letter reader and filling wish list requests for Christmas presents.
    Santa might send one of his elves and Rudolph to provide transportation for him or her in his sleigh.
    Raymond Worrell
    Ennice, N.C.

  • Community made project a success

    In this season of Thanksgiving, I express my sincerest gratitude to all those who helped to ensure that my senior project was a success.
    The Galax High School administration allowed me the use of the auditorium, the best venue in town.
    My teachers helped me through every step of the process, and the janitorial staff had everything prepared and even pitched in to help set up.
    The Gazette ran a very nice piece to help promote the concert.
    My home church, Baywood Wesleyan, helped staff the event and advertise as well.

  • Donors gave soldiers a happier holiday

    The kindergarten students of Oakland Elementary School express heartfelt appreciation and thanks to all the individuals, students, churches and businesses that helped our endeavor of Operation Santa Soldier Stockings become an amazing reality.
    This project is for the Army unit in North Carolina of which Sgt. Andrew Gobble is a member.
    Our students along with your overwhelming support and generosity were able to surpass their goal of 75 stockings, and packed 80 Christmas stockings.  

  • Local government employees 'pass the buck'

    It is apparent that the diseases “do nothing” and “pass the buck” affecting Washington, D.C., have stricken Grayson County government.
    This past week I spent two days being shuffled between county and lawyer offices in an attempt to resolve a problem.
    I stated I wanted transfers done that day on two deeds which were recorded three and six months prior. I was told emphatically, “well, you WILL NOT get them done today.”

  • Fee will be unpopular, but other choices worse

    Next year, every locality in the state of Virginia will adopt a new mandatory stormwater program as required by the Commonwealth, and after a difficult year dealing with floods and rivers of water running down the city streets, it couldn’t have come at a better time for Galax.

  • Inmate apologizes for past actions

    My name is Travis Jones. I am a native of Galax. I have had many troubles, none I am proud of.
    Drug abuse and addiction has led me to thinking that drugs can erase the pain and the past, but in living a life of crime and ignorance, I have learned otherwise.
    I am serving a 20-year prison sentence for selling methamphetamine in your town, my hometown.
    I was living on Oldtown Street, had a good job, was doing well.

  • You can help control feral cat population

    Oct. 16 was National Feral Cat Day — a day to think about the outdoor cats in our neighborhoods. Strays are cats that have been lost or abandoned by their owners and are friendly with people, making them adoptable. Feral cats are not adoptable because they are not accustomed to being around people.

  • Pastor says church witnessed miracle

    I am pastor of the Independence Church of God of Prophecy. Recently a miracle happened at our church and I have felt the need to testify to it.
    It happened during a Wednesday night service with 13 people in attendance. Service began, and as usual the spirit of the Lord was present.
    After opening with prayer, I asked if anyone would like to be anointed and prayed for. Several came forward.
    I picked up the bottle of anointing oil to find it was empty. I shook it and turned it upside down trying to get a drop of oil to anoint.