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Letters

  • Letters to the Editor for 4/26/10

    Drawn back to Galax

    I was born and raised in Galax, and like so many other young people, I left to pursue a career elsewhere.

    Last week I returned "back home" to attend a birthday celebration. I realized that many of the things that made me so anxious to leave are the very things that now draw me back.

    In some ways it's like stepping back in time — the slower pace of life and friendly people that have the time to stop and chat remind me of a much simpler time.

  • Letters to the Editor for 4/19/10

    Galax recognizes firefighters

    This letter was addressed to the Galax Volunteer Fire Department and Chief David Hankley.

    Galax City Council asked me to convey their thanks and gratitude for the valiant efforts out forth by the Galax Volunteer Fire Department at the fire on South Main Street on March 19.

    It was through their work that damage from this fire was essentially limited to a single structure.

  • Letters to the Editor for 4/12/10

    Breast-fed babies see benefits

    The Hotline call headlined “cover up” was in the April 1 issue and at first I wondered if someone was pulling an April Fools trick.

    The caller was upset that a mother was breastfeeding her baby in a park.

    Actually, breastfeeding in public benefits everyone.

    The World Health Organization states that breastfeeding helps protect children from ear, respiratory and gastrointestinal infections and allergies.

  • Letters to the Editor for 3/22/10

    Immigrants threaten democracy

    There is no need for anyone to see the Mexican border to be concerned about illegal immigration.

    It is enough to see that the Mexican consulate feels the need to set up office from time to time in Southwest Virginia, that there is any crime committed by illegals who simply return after deportation, and that our police have to concern themselves with Mexican gangs recruiting in our schools.

  • Letters to the Editor for 3/29/10

    U.S. 58 a road to nowhere

    Alaska has its "bridge to nowhere."

    Now Virginia has its "highway to nowhere."

    The $90 million budgetee'busting Hillsville bypass, from the widening of U.S. 58 to four lanes, continues merrily along while poor Richmond has a multiee'billion dollar shortfall.

    If you all think national healthcare reform, which is about to change America for the better, is an unwelcome monstrosity, then the Hillsville bypass makes the overhaul of healthcare look like a Girl Scout picnic.

  • Letters to the Editor for 4/5/10

    President's credibility questioned

    A question about Obama's credibility.

    He ran on a campaign of negotiating with world heads and not being a bully like Bush was accused of being. He ran as a “unifier” rather than a “divider” like Bush was accused of being.

  • Letters to the Editor for 03/15/10

    Education should be main priority

     

    I don't believe in calling the Readers’ Hotline, so I am writing to voice my opinion about some of the uninformed Hotline callers.

    I would like to comment on a March 8 blurb, titled "Money Doesn't Teach."  Since the caller doesn't seem to take much stock in education, I want to grade his/her work.

  • Letters to the Editor for 03/08/10

    Award recognizes excellence

     

    Congratulations to the Galax City Public School System for receiving the 2010 Virginia Board of Education Competence to Excellence Award!

    This is a significant accomplishment that our school system has received, recognizing two consecutive years of achieving state and federal benchmarks in education.

    Having served on the Galax City School Board for two terms, I have seen firsthand the hard work and dedication that the administration and faculty bring to work every day.

  • Letters to the Editor for 03/01/10

    Billing came before care at hospital

     

    I'll begin by saying that my concerns in no way reflect the “'hands on” care that I received while a patient in the emergency room at Twin County Regional Hospital. The health care staff was professional and I received excellent care.

    Recently, I sustained a deep cut to my finger. Knowing that I would need stitches, I went to Twin County’s emergency room.

  • Letters to the Editor for Feb. 22

    Legislators cut deal with APCo

     

    It's not possible to express the anger and disgust I felt after I read about the rout of the state legislature by APCo.

    You'd think our state politicians would have learned a lesson after watching their big brothers in Washington stumble through the "business as usual" backroom deals with Obama's national health insurance debacle.