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Letters

  • 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.

  • 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