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Letters

  • Airstream club enjoys Galax visit

    Last week we attended the 75th Old Fiddlers’ Convention in Galax along with 24 other Airstream recreational vehicle families.
    It was a wonderful experience and we were treated just like family by everyone in the community.
    This was our first visit to Galax and introduction to the fiddlers’ convention. The music was exceptional, not only during competition, but at the Blue Ridge Music Center, Stringbean’s, and by several groups who entertained us at our RV parking site by the Fairview Ruritan Club.

  • Red Cross thanks Kroger for help

    Kroger recently hosted a bake sale and hot dog to benefit the Wood’s River Chapter of the American Red Cross. (Flowers Bakery also chipped in with buns for the main course!)
    We want to thank the manager, Penny Mitchell, and the store staff for assisting us in raising badly needed funds for our community. Merchants like Kroger make all the difference in the world!

    Joan Isom
    Executive Director, Wood’s River Chapter
    American Red Cross

  • It's constantly 'Bush's fault'

    No matter who speaks in this administration, the fault of the economy falls on the shoulders of the Bush administration.
    Obama, Gibbs, Geithner, no matter — they “inherited” the mess.
    Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac aren't under scrutiny with the new "financial reform" and those entities have free, unspecified bailout money available with no restrictions.
    Geithner was in charge of Wall Street. It was his job to warn the federal government when things were getting out of control, and he never alerted anybody.

  • Allegheny Hospital commended for care

    I commend Allegheny Memorial Hospital for being an absolutely wonderful and caring facility.
    My father was taken to the emergency room June 21. His blood pressure was 50 over 29 and his heart rate was extremely high. Dr. Burchel, the physician on duty, was fantastic.
    The next day, Dr. Mary Emma Beres of Grayson Highlands Family Practice in Independence, who is my dad's doctor, called after my husband and I returned home.

  • Community came together for sale

    In June the Oakland Ruritan Club held its first Nine-Mile Sale a community yard sale along Pipers Gap Road in Carroll County. This was this first of its kind that I am aware of in the Twin County area and I am proud to say that it was a tremendous success, with approximately 30 yard sales along a nine-mile stretch.
    Concessions were sold by the club at Oakland United Methodist Church, with even the church participating by having a yard sale to support its building fund.

  • Thanks to all involved in BBQ contest

    My husband and I have just returned home after attending and participating in the annual "Smoke on the Mountain" festival in Galax.
    He has judged this event since its inception and we and several of our friends from North Carolina look forward each year to coming to your delightful community!

  • Christians have lost control of America

    We have lost control over America. We have lived life our own way and planted our butts in front of screens of various sizes for so long that we have numbed ourselves to the fact that we are losing our rights as Christians.
    People who hate us because we believe in Jesus are taking over.
    But we sit in front of “Farmville” [online] and text screens and “Twilight” books and movies, and pretend that there is peace, when there is none.
    Where are our morals? Where is our fight? Where is the great revival?

  • Keep Matthews Forest alive

    Over the years, Judge Jack Matthews acquired 566 acres of land and had a variety of projects that he was trying to accomplish on the Matthews State Forest property near Galax.
    He wanted to maintain for posterity some of the old ways of doing things and to maintain the old-time (heritage) fruit trees.
    As a benefactor to the Twin Counties, he left his mark. Upon his death, Judge Matthews left his property to the state as a means of educating generations to come.

  • BBQ contest keeps improving

    I was born and raised in North Carolina. In 1973 I moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, and traveled back and forward to visit family.
    For many years I passed Exit 14 of Interstate 77, not knowing what I was missing.
    Last year, I became a Memphis Barbecue Network judge and had the opportunity to go to Galax to judge the Smoke On the Mountain barbecue contest.
    Last year’s contest was great, the weather was beautiful, the city was clean and the people that I met were great. It was even better this year. How do you do it?

  • Was alcohol necessary at BBQ event?

    I am writing this letter to offer an alternative view of the recent Smoke on the Mountain Barbecue Contest.
    The Gazette’s coverage of the event extolled its atmosphere and the quality with which it was conducted.
    Mr. McGee of the Memphis Barbecue Network praised the event in his letter to the editor. I have no doubt that a lot of people worked long and hard hours to make this a success, and for that I commend them.