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Letters

  • Zoning protects property values

    It boggles my mind every time I read a news article in which citizens state that zoning makes them give up control of their land. This simply illustrates the ignorance that exists in our county.
    Zoning protects the value of your property.
    I own about 10 acres on the edge of town and I really don't wish to have a concrete plant or a chicken processing plant move in right beside me. My property values would go to zilch in a hurry.
    The thing that people are forgetting is that they are in control of what the zoning ordinances control.

  • Churches, healthcare workers thanked

    I would like to thank all the churches for the food and helping to serve emergency room doctors and nurses. You were wonderful.
    Southwest Virginia Home Health Care, the women and nurses were great.
    Thanks to Dr. Lazo for all your help, and to all who helped at the benefit and for the many cards, flowers and special prayers.

    Cleo Dowling
    Fries

  • Family thanks community for kindness

    We would like to take a moment to express our family's gratitude for each person who has shown us kindness during our time of need.
    We want to thank all the local businesses and individuals who donated items or their time for the benefit held on Oct. 4 at Mountain Surf Seafood for Autumn.
    We would also like to thank our work family, family and friends for organizing and working the benefit and auction.
    There are no words that can express the joy that filled our hearts at the number of people that came out that night in Autumn's honor.

  • Keeping pool open was the right choice

    I remember earlier in the year when people were complaining about the Fries public pool not being open and how the kids would be swimming in the river and getting hurt.
    Now, some ding-a-ling complains to the newspaper because the town used money in the pool fund to save the kids from getting hurt by swimming in the river. Give me a break!
    If anyone believes that the town will eventually raise enough money to replace the pool, I have a bridge here in Roanoke over Tinker Creek I am sure you will be interested in purchasing.

  • Choose county over party

    I live in the Baywood district of Grayson County. The tax problem we are having in Grayson County is man-made, by the officials, the administrator and the board of supervisors.
    We have too many money-grubbers and spendthrifts. It is about time for a house cleaning.
    The Republican party has tried to take care of the county, but I think they didn't do too good of a job. If things don't change, the county will be bankrupted.
    If you can manage the money you get, you will not have to raise taxes every time the moon changes.

  • Tragedy can be prevented

     Generally, traffic slows down at the presence of flashing lights at the side of the road or law enforcement riding with traffic or burning flares.

    Why not have a coordinated effort of law enforcement and rescue before and during severe fog and wind weather on death's highway, Interstate 77 through Fancy Gap?

    Man hours and effort will be called up to respond to the scenes to process accidents. Why not try a preventive effort?

  • Give thanks, and pray for nation

     As the holiday season approaches to give thanks to the Lord for his many blessings, I want to reflect on all the changes in attitude, politics and the human heart.

    Some say change is good. I guess it depends on which side your bread is buttered on.

    We continue to hear we should play by the rules, work hard, be honest, pay your taxes, vote, be a good citizen and you will succeed in life.

    But it is made difficult with all the crookedness, lies and deceit out there.

  • Team's honors were ignored

     The Gazette has given excellent coverage to the Galax High School golf team's state championship, the Galax football team's winning season and rise through the playoffs and the Galax volleyball team going to state for the first time.

    However, the same does not apply to the Galax cross country team.

    The Gazette printed a very nice article on the district meet, which was held Oct. 27. After that, The Gazette totally ignored the team's accomplishments.

  • GDA thanks community for help

     The Galax Downtown Association would like to say a big thank you to all who helped make our Halloween Monster Bash a success.

    The Galax Downtown Association extends its gratitude to all the sponsors, businesses and individuals who donated candy, food, drinks money and time for it would have been a success with all the contributions. Also, we appreciate the efforts of all the volunteers.

  • Voting went smoothly

     The Carroll County Electoral Board would like to thank the Carroll County Public School System for its exceptional effort on election day.

    The hard work of Superintendent Greg Smith and Dr. Strader Blankenship over the past several months was clearly evident at voting precincts located in our schools.

    The board would like to recognize all school employees and students for making election day a success while school was in session. The high standards the voting public has become accustomed to were maintained.