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Letters

  • Statements about Grayson sheriff are unfair

    Recent critical statements made about Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan are entirely unfair.
    Contrary to these statements, Sheriff Vaughan has been extremely proactive in identifying and eliminating criminal behavior in our community.
    Shortly after being elected to office he was required to address the three Hammer murders, and did so admirably.
    Sheriff Vaughan is consistently in touch with the community, listens to our concerns and solves any kind of problem with which we are confronted.

  • Corporations control our lives

    Several people have asked me why I am no longer working at [a local retailer].
    The truth of the matter is that I was fired because a customer complained about the content of my Facebook page.
    I would like to offer this bit of advice: folks, be careful what you say and do in your personal life.
    Because it seems that now, not only can corporations work you part-time with low wages and minimal benefits, but they can also control your life even when you are not working. Scary, isn’t it?
    Roger D. Barr
    Fancy Gap

  • Christ is the only path to spiritual truth

    I have just read Laura George’s website concerning the Oracle Institute.
    A definition of oracle might be a seat of worship used by ancient Romans and Greeks to consult their gods for answers.
    Some religions are based strictly on a system of laws. No one, then or now, was or is able to keep those laws. Therefore, God realized a need for a savior. Sending Jesus and the cross to atone for sin and to destroy the power of sin. Truth begins here and will prevail.

  • No disrespect to handicapped

    My name is Stephanie Brewer and I think that I am the person that the Hotline caller was referring to in “How can they do that.”
    I am very sorry if I offended anyone who saw my truck parked by town hall, however I wanted to set the record straight on the handicapped parking spaces in Fries near the town hall.
    I spoke with the town clerk and she told me that there are three parking spots in front of Fries Town Hall. The spot in the middle, right in front of the door to town hall, is a handicapped-accessible parking spot with a clearly marked wheelchair symbol.

  • 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