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Letters

  • Program brings kids closer to God

    My name is Matthew and I am 12 years old. I want to tell you about Snow Hill Baptist Church AWANA program.
    At Snow Hill we have the AWANA program for children ages 2-18. Before we start, we eat for 10 minutes. After that we have game time for 30 minutes. Then we study and learn God's word.
    We earn AWANA dollars for Bible verses that we memorize and say. We can spend these AWANA dollars for things in the AWANA store.

  • March is Red Cross Month

    When neighbors help neighbors in emergencies, it's something to celebrate. That is why every U.S. president since Franklin D. Roosevelt has declared March as Red Cross Month.
    The Wood's River Chapter of Red Cross has served this community so long and so well that it is easy to overlook the fact that its services are performed largely by volunteers and are supported through the generosity of people right here in Galax, Grayson, Carroll and Wythe.

  • Speakers are brave

    I’ve discussed the questions raised by Mike Goldwasser and the response (or lack of) from the Carroll County Board of Supervisors over dinner with my family, over the phone with friends, even debated it at the grocery store.
    Every conversation has ended with, I’m ashamed to say, something like, “pass the salt” or “oh, well.”

  • Support for school appreciated

    I would like to personally thank each player, spectator, referee, scorekeeper, PTO volunteer and all who made donations in support during the Grayson Highlands School PTO basketball tournament.
    Your support made the tournament a success.
    We are off to a good start in being able to provide our children with the much-needed playground and baseball field.
    We still have a long way to go, so please look for future fundraising events by the PTO so that we can provide for our children. Your support is much needed and greatly appreciated.

  • Scouting offers many advantages

    I would like to let people know the advantages of being a Boy Scout.
    I am a 14 year old boy and this is what Boy Scouts has done for me.
    Since joining the Boy Scouts a year ago I have had the chance to meet a lot of people, young and old, that I would never have gotten a chance to meet any other way.
    I have also learned a lot of skills and hobbies since joining the Boy Scouts. I have overcome my fear of public speaking and water. I have bettered my morals. I have also learned to work with people.

  • Carroll should ask attorney general's opinion

    The Carroll Board of Supervisors seems to think that the question about the county administrator’s potential conflict of interest with his investment in land near Wildwood has been put to rest.
    The chairman has stated that their collective conclusion is that there is no evidence of conflict of interest and that the board stands unconditionally behind Mr Larrowe.
    It is not clear that this conclusion is justified. It is based on a review by the county attorney, a person who relies on the board for employment.

  • Burning releases toxic chemical dioxin

    In response to the editor's note on Christmas tree waste burning: the real issue is "waste burning of chemical compounds creating toxic dioxin" causing health damages.
    The Environmental Protection Agency confirmed in the 1970s that dioxin is a cancer hazard and serious health threat. Its science advisory board published a nine-volume report. In 1986 it proposed controls on dioxin emissions. EPA Chief William Reily reported increases in cancers to people exposed to dioxin, 82 percent above the norm.

  • Sheriff was a change for the better

    We would like to respond to Mark Burnett’s announcement as a candidate for Grayson County sheriff. We would like to clarify some statements that have been made against Sheriff Richard Vaughan.
    Concerning Mr. Burnett’s open door policy, Mr. Vaughan’s door is always open and he does return calls. If you go there and he is not there, it is because he is out working on cases, and not just sitting behind a desk waiting on things to come to him.

  • Restore rights to nonviolent felons

    This letter was addressed to Del. Mark Cole (R-Spotsylvania) and was copied to The Gazette. The author described himself under his signature as “convicted felon and former Carroll County administrator.”

    I read with sadness your opposition to Senate Joint Resolution 284, to allow an opportunity to amend the Virginia Constitution to allow automatic restoration of civil rights to nonviolent felons once they complete their sentences.
    Being a nonviolent felon, I know firsthand the disgrace and prejudice associated with a felony conviction.

  • Disagree, but be respectful

    I've often regarded the Readers’ Hotline as being similar to driving by a traffic accident — can't help but look, but after doing so I don't feel so good.
    The comment in the Feb. 2 edition was over the line and I feel The Gazette showed poor taste in printing it.
    I'm referring to the call by someone implying Mr. Goldwasser addressing his concerns to the Carroll supervisors, as "wanting to control everybody, vindictive, angry and hostile" and then even dragging his wife into it!