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Letters

  • Safe Routes thanks community for support

    Galax Safe Routes to School would like to thank Galax City Council and administration and staff, Galax City Public Schools administration and board of directors as well as principals, teachers, parents, volunteers and businesses who have supported our walking and bicycle safety program this year.
    We extend special appreciation to Ruth Hall State Farm Agency and Skyline National Bank for generous donation of funds to purchase bicycles for our bike rodeos.
    We are grateful to Virginia Department of Transportation for funding for the program.

  • Taxes should be fair, go to help the less fortunate

    The White House has released its budget plan for the country, and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney proclaims that it is written from the taxpayer’s viewpoint. He believes that taxpayers don’t want their dollars going to people who don’t work, or people who insist on being poor generation after generation.
    Mr. Mulvaney, I am a taxpayer and you are not representing my viewpoint.  

  • Media gives congressional Republicans a pass

    Pundits are hammering President Trump for his bizarre behavior and his attacks on the Constitution. However, I believe the media is largely giving congressional Republicans a pass by ignoring their dubious involvement in Trump’s agenda. By their actions and sometimes by their silence, they are complicit in Trump’s scorched earth policies.

  • Russian connections deserve investigation

    James Comey’s clumsy handling of the Clinton email investigation won him no friends among Democrats, but they generally recognized that his investigation of Russian meddling in our election had to continue.
    They also recognized that his abrasive independence might be critical to finding the truth in the absence of an independent special counsel.
    Democrats, and some Republicans, are not angry about Mr. Comey’s firing because they liked him. They are angry because his investigation has been compromised.

  • Pet owners can prevent dog attacks

    In April, the United States Postal Service promoted National Dog Bite Prevention Week. I am writing to ask our customers to extend their efforts and help make this “National Dog Bite Prevention Year.”
    Pet owners’ efforts are critical when you consider the number of Postal Service employees attacked by dogs last year reached 6,755 — more than 200 higher than the year before. Within the Galax Post Office, there have been no dog attacks since the beginning of the year.

  • Pray for country as it enters dark days

    Strike up the band and release the balloons for the first 100 days of this government.
    Before, during and after the election it has embarked on a path of self-destruction.
    A war with the news media and federal judges. Fiction is for novels. The truth is real.
    The banner this government continues to display is fake news. I’m right, the rest is all wrong and From Russia With Love.

  • How do you obtain a copy of a fire report?

    What is the exact protocol for obtaining a copy of one’s fire report?
    I asked for a copy almost two years ago, but did not receive it.
    Fred Privette
    Galax

  • Stick to scripture in sermons, not opinions

    If all preachers and Sunday school teachers would stick to God’s specific Word instead of basing their sermons and lesson on their personal opinions, motives and biases, they would be effective without offending.
    The effect would be what God intended between His Holy Spirit and the listener. The need wouldn’t exist for others to come behind those preachers and teachers to try to help fix the damage they do.

  • Training center staff devoted to residents

    To the employees at Southwestern Virginia Training Center (SWVTC):
    All of us are living in turbulent times – the threat of the training center closing; job-related stress; financial and family problems – all of which can make our daily existence feel hopeless.

  • A new risk for opiate, heroin addicts

    Those with loved ones who are using opiates or heroin have a new risk. Drug dealers across the United States have begun to mix drugs with an extremely powerful and dangerous drug known as Fentanyl.

    The drug Fentanyl can be from 50 to 100 times more powerful then heroin, making the risk of a fatal overdose much higher. Drug dealers have been using this drug to increase the potency of their heroin at a lower cost.

    Now more than ever it is essential to get those you know who are addicted into treatment.