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Letters

  • Community-supported acriculture explained

    In response to the Readers’ Hotline caller who had questions about paying a farmer upfront for unknown quantities of various vegetables throughout the season, I want to explain this completely different model of local food production.
    As gas prices rise, food shipped in from huge industrial farms in California or Chile will become more and more expensive.
    We need to return to the days when lots of food was raised locally by small farmers and kitchen gardens.

  • No authority over Allen House

    Regarding a Readers’ Hotline comment published May 9, the home and properties of Sidna Allen were confiscated by the State of Virginia in 1912 to hold pending the outcome of three wrongful death lawsuits filed by descendants of the deceased judge, sheriff and commonwealth’s attorney.
    It was sold at auction and bought by Mr. Allen’s two defense attorneys as an investment. Since then it has changed hands several times and is currently still privately owned.

  • Don't steal from the dead

    I had a friend to fix my Papa’s grave at Midway Baptist church on a Monday. I went Friday to say hi and visit Papa.
    His grave looked like the city dump. All the flowers, angels, the American flag — all was gone.
    Trash was thrown upon Papa’s grave. Everything I bought for Papa, my friend took and my Mom fixed was moved to an American soldier killed a while back.
    Papa was 84 years old, raised kids and served our country by joining the armed forces.

  • Welcomed to Galax

    I recently moved to this community. A victim of a violet crime, I was craving a safe, comfortable place to live.
    I was completely surprised and so happy when all of you welcomed me with such open arms.
    There are many to thank by name. I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
    I often tell friends back home how great it is to live here.
    Thanks again.
    Yvette Verger
    Galax

  • Battle over tax rates rages on in Grayson

    History has a nasty way of repeating itself, particularly when rulers forget their country’s history.Take, for example, a little-known event that happened just down the road, south of Burlington, N.C. — May 1771, the Battle of Alamance.
    Then-Gov. Tryon thought the king’s tax rates much too low and raised them to outrageous levels that the poor common man couldn’t possibly hope to meet.
    Land was seized, and people were thrown off their land when they couldn’t pay the taxes.

  • Rates hike a pain to town

    To Hillsville citizens,
    As you probably have heard and read, the Town of Hillsville is having to propose a substantial increase in water and sewer fees due primarily to the loss of the [Carroll Public Service Authority] water purchases and sewer flow from the Interstate 77 interchange.

  • Bartlett won't seek Oldtown seat

     

     

    I wish to inform all my friends and supporters in Grayson County and particularly those in the Oldtown Voting District that I will not seek reelection as the Oldtown District Supervisor in the upcoming election in November 2011.

  • Playground 2000 needs maintenance

    A little more than 10 years ago, the people and businesses of this community came together in an unprecedented effort and raised more than $125,000 to provide a safe and fun place to play for our children and those of travelers.
    When we are there with our children and see so many happy kids running, sliding and swinging, we are proud to have been a part of that effort. We are concerned that this gift from the people of the county is not being maintained with that same pride.

  • Playground issues are being addressed

    We were made aware of some issues last summer (2010) after our scheduled inspection by VACO safety inspectors. During that meeting we discussed potential safety issues and how to fix them.
    Carroll Parks and Recreation and the county maintenance department reviewed a repair list and made plans to resolve the problems.

  • Wealth never 'trickles down'

    During the late 1970s, a group of rich and powerful men got together to plan the neoconservative revolution, hoping to establish a 100-year reign of Republican control of the government.
    They hoped to do away with labor unions, Aid to Dependent Children, Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security. They also hoped to eliminate import tariffs (free trade) so they could make an end run around worker health and safety laws, minimum wages and environmental laws by farming out their jobs to third world countries.