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Letters

  • Sitting this election out

     The congressional election is nearly here, and I continue to read lavish promises, endorsements, and supposed service records of the candidates.

    Some think Rep. Boucher’s visionary work renders him close to walking on water for constituents.

    I cannot resist pointing out he’s still doing precious little, particularly recently, for 28 years of voter loyalty.

    Towns and cities in the 9th District have seen factory doors slam shut, and thousands traded pink slips for their livelihood.

  • Electoral board concerned about decision

    The Carroll County School Board recently decided to hold school on Election Day.
    It has been a longstanding tradition in Carroll County that schools be closed on Election Day.
    The Carroll County Electoral Board has concerns regarding this change of operations.
    In an effort to maintain the high standards that citizens of Carroll County have become accustomed to, the electoral board has met with, and is working closely with, the school system to address concerns they have.

  • Pageant winner harrassed

    I was pleased to read the recent letter to the editor concerning pageants.
    My daughter has competed in a number of pageants. Sometimes you place, sometimes you don’t. And that is something she has grown to accept.
    I agree with the writer and wish there were some way for judges to see backstage and know the true heart and personality of the contestants.
    I wanted to write concerning the Miss Carroll Country Intermediate School pageant with a few afterthoughts. My daughter won that pageant. She was so shocked, as was I and my family.

  • Parkway anniversary fun, memorable

    We would like to thank the National Park Service for the outstanding job it did in organizing the celebration of the Blue Ridge Parkway’s 75th anniversary.
    The weekend was fun and memorable. But the people who most need to be commended are the maintenance employees who did such a fantastic job getting the parkway ready for the event. They worked hard all summer, and it’s apparent when one drives on the road. Kudos to these people for work well done.

    Frank and Patti Penland Phelps
    Ennice, N.C.

  • Radio station entertaining, informative

    The longer I listen to Galax WBRF radio, the more I appreciate what a rich, unique media resource we have here.
    In an era when most stations play the same top-whatever songs over and over, our local station plays a vast diversity of new and old, hits and great-but-forgotten, dusty tunes by artists and songwriters from the past.
    If you listen to Buford Kegley long enough, you will end up with the equivalent of a Ph.D. in country music.

  • Middle class needs to mobilize

    This election will be the last one that middle class blacks and whites will have a chance to elect someone who supports their beliefs.
    By middle class, I mean those folks who have modest to moderate incomes, who pay taxes, who own real estate and just maybe have a little left in the bank.
    The reason? In about two years there will be more people in the USA who don't pay taxes and who count on the government for their support, than there are taxpayers.

  • Don't allow tax cuts to expire

    Thank you for attempting to educate citizens [with an editor’s note] about taxation in regards to "How Greedy," the Hotline caller's reference to the "Bush tax cuts."
    For those that choose to be informed, if the tax cuts of 2001 and 2003 are allowed to expire, all taxpayers will pay more.
    For example, those earning $50,000 will pay nearly $3,000 more in federal taxes per year; if the income is $100,000 per year, the increased tax burden rises by more than $4,500.

  • DJ will be missed at WBRF-FM

    I am writing to you from Lincolnshire in the United Kingdom. I rarely write to newspapers and have never written to one in America. However because I feel this matter is so important I am writing to The Gazette.
    Until a few months ago I had never heard of Galax. I didn't realize that Galax was also a “hub” to the world, a '”portal” over the airwaves that had listeners worldwide.
    I discovered “the most unique ride on radio” in the form of The Nightrider (Bruce Hodges) on your station WBRF.

  • Why not a pageant for inner beauty?

    It’s me again. This time I want to talk about beauty pageants.
    At the Miss Carroll County Fair pageant, I met a girl with the purest soul.  She didn’t even place. I can say for a fact that she wanted it more than anyone there.
    The judges don’t see the inward beauty, the purity of a soul, the intelligence, and the honor that’s there. The fact that she puts everyone before her.
    All the judges saw was a nervous girl with highlighted hair, and a lavender dress.

  • Lives lost to stress, worry

    I dedicate this letter to the families who have lost a loved one due to the taking of one’s life because of illness, pressure to pay the bills, trying to keep up in a fast-paced society, bullying at school and lacking a kind and understanding heart to talk to.
    There is an alarming rise in lives lost of one taking his or her life. This made even worse during those very difficult times many face every day.
    This affects all sectors of our nation. When it hits home, it is harder to cope.