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Letters

  • Mentors make a difference

    January is Mentor Appreciation Month for the Carroll County Public School System.
    Do you have one hour a week that needs a special purpose? Do you have the desire to make a difference in a child's life — give the child a special time just for him or her?
    MAD‑MAC (Make‑a‑Difference/Mentor‑a‑Child) is a program in the Carroll schools, designed to match adult mentors with elementary school children needing additional support.
    The child is paired with a mentor, and the two meet at least once a week on school property.

  • Burning trees could be unhealthy

    After last year's holiday season there was a huge bonfire, far into the rear of a Christmas tree farm in Elk Creek.
    The plumes of smoke fell over miles of acreage. I observed this activity for days, making no mistake of the scent of pine burning.
    Environmental Protection Agency Law prohibits burning of Christmas trees and tree parts, which are a hazardous environmental pollutant. The law is listed on the Federal Register No.1XC 04‑15448.
    The root systems and foliage of trees absorb pesticides and herbicides used at the farms.

  • APCo rate increases excessive

    This is a vote of appreciation for Chris Brooke's excellent reporting on Appalachian Power Company's excessive rate increases ("Power Struggle," Jan. 14).
    Appalachian Power has a stranglehold on our state's economy.
    Not only are my elderly neighbors having trouble keeping warm, these skyrocketing utility rates are making Virginia less attractive to business, compared to North Carolina.

  • Pondering what's to come in 2011

    I dedicate this letter to all who are concerned and worried about everything from a job, to national security.
    Those with a sense of despair, of feeling left out, and pondering what may come.
    2011 beings hope for a change for good — prosperity, more jobs and fewer political sideshows.
    Sad to say that some in our society have hearts that are hardening, and hatred and evil enter in.
    Violence and bloodshed continue to take innocent lives, from police abuse to the horrible tragedy in Tucson, Ariz.

  • Dentists insist we need more fluoride

    How fortunate we are to have area dentists share with local officials how badly we need more fluoride in our drinking water.
    Even though the Centers for Disease Control says we are getting too much fluoride, our dentists insist that we need more.
    Even though a Virginia Tech study shows that we are already getting too much fluoride in food and everything we drink, these dentists insist that we need more fluoride.

  • Conservationist will be missed

    The passing of Phil Hanes on Jan. 16 was a sad occasion for those interested in conservation in the upper New River valley.
    Phil could only be described as a colorful character, always fascinating to be around, and with many and varied philanthropic interests.
    Phil was very active in the effort to conserve private farmland through conservation easements.
    Conservation easements began to be used locally in the early 1990s as a way for farm owners to preserve family lands and manage the burden of estate taxes.

  • Some advice for used car buyers

    Car buyers, beware. In 2006 my husband and I bought a 2006 Dodge Stratus from a dealership.
    At the time of purchase the salesman said that it was a program car with less than 2,000 miles. I had never at the time heard of CARFAX.
    I went to a dealership out of state in 2010 and wanted to trade for a Kia. They popped a CARFAX on me that said the car had been wrecked in New Jersey and the whole front end was replaced. They showed me the difference in the paint job.
    Needless to say, that cut my trade-in deeply.

  • Why we're fighting fluoride

    To the town of Independence and Grayson County:
    I'm sure many of you may be wondering why these folks from Alleghany County, N.C., would take time to come across the river and try to tell you how to run your business.
    Why would they care if you do put poisonous fluoride into our water supply— what's it to them? The truth is, we are all concerned volunteers who try to provide our friends and neighbors with  information that they have not seen.

  • Facts should have been disclosed earlier

    It was very disappointing to read [Carroll County Administrator Gary] Larrowe’s defense of his actions regarding [questions about any] conflict of interest in his land ownership near Wildwood.
    I am responding to Mr. Larrowe’s claims.
    “Two Board members looked into it, and neither had any issue with Larrowe’s ownership of the property.” Implicitly, Mr. Larrowe admits this isn’t enough when he says that for the Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority, he made disclosure to the full board, as in the minutes.

  • Daughter was humiliated by store, police

    This letter is addressed to the three officers and an overzealous Galax Walmart employee [regarding a Dec. 23 matter].
    Because my daughter was hyper on energy drink and too many Christmas cookies and because she has piercings and dresses outside "the norm," she was profiled, stalked and had the police called on her.
    The charge: "suspiciously" picking up a container of 97-cent deodorant.