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Letters

  • 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.

  • Addressing the irony of global warming

    A political cartoon in the Dec. 27 Gazette prompts me to write this letter. For those of you who missed it, two figures bundled against the cold are standing waist deep in the snow.
    One says, "Tell me again why global warming is bad..."
    The answer is in the cartoon. Extreme climactic events such as we are presently witnessing are in fact the direct result of the “greenhouse effect.”

  • Thanks for keeping back roads clear

    We would like to say "thank you" to Charlie Wright and A-1 Paving for keeping the back roads clear and doing such a wonderful job!
    The drifts and high winds kept them rolling, but they worked around the clock and even kept the driveways clear of snow at the beginning of them, best they could — especially Charlie.
    Thanks, guys, for the long hours and hard work! We do appreciate it! Especially during Christmas.

    Ronnie and Julie Bourne
    Galax

  • Respect anti-fluoride group

    I would like to thank all our local government entities, including the Virginia/North Carolina Water Authority, for taking time to hear discussion on the fluoridation issue.
    I would like to point out that there was never any intention to cast aspersions at the honesty of any of our local officials, nor was there any question of their loyalty to their citizens and their duties of office.
    We deeply appreciate the work you do and realize that in cases like this, it probably feels like a thankless job.

  • IDA thankful for lounge's hospitality

    Mount Rogers Community Extended Care and the Industrial and Developmental Center join together in thanking Proximity Lounge for its hospitality to our group recently.
    This time last year we were devastated when Parrott Bay closed and our annual Christmas dance was scheduled the very next day. But Blue Ridge Country Club came to the rescue and we were able to pull it together (with their help) and Santa came right on time!

  • Keep Christ in Christmas

    This letter is written to all who say they do not believe in Christ and want to remove His name from the Christmas Holiday.
    We Christians chose to celebrate Jesus’ birthday long ago and much of the world has adopted the holiday.
    I’m sure that at some point in your life, you have enjoyed some good from it. Maybe it was a Christmas bonus, ham, gift certificate or party that lifted your spirits, or maybe a day off or just a smile from someone who usually frowns at you.