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Letters

  • Letters to the Editor for 5/24/10

    Slavery not only cause

    Gov. Robert McDonnell's designation of April as Confederate Heritage Month evoked mixed reactions, as it did when former Gov. George Allen did likewise.

    I am disappointed that some people want to deny citizens of Confederate lineage the opportunity to honor their forefathers by paying special tribute to them in the month of April or on special occasions.

  • Letter to the Editor for 6/7/10

    Concert tickets too costly

    I am writing to express my disappointment in the attendance at the opening concert at the Blue Ridge Music Center for the new season of 2010, held May 28.

    I am a volunteer for Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway and had volunteered many times at the music center since its opening in 2002.

  • Letters to the Editor for 5/17/10

    Tax hike poorly timed

    Wait one minute, the Grayson County Board of Supervisors is considering a jump in our real estate taxes to help them balance our county budget.

    Is this the same group that voted to remodel and build two area schools, one of which cannot be opened because someone did not do their homework?

    The Gazette reported that the county began in 2008 borrowing money to pay day-to-day expenses. Now our supervisors want a $4 million line of credit, and wanted to renegotiate the school construction loan.

  • Letters to the Editor for 5/10/10

    Prayers should be inclusive

    Since the comments supporting Virginia's governor and his rejection of a policy that advised volunteer chaplains to be circumspect in their public prayers at government-sponsored events seem to be defensive, mean-spirited, and clamoring for "freedom," let's consider some common sense objections to the direction this hullabaloo has taken.

  • Letters to the Editor for 5/3/10

    Show could not go on

    I wish to address the concerns expressed by a Grayson County High School Chorus parent regarding this year’s spring musical cancellation.

    It was a disheartening but appropriate decision based upon rational consideration.

    While Grayson County Schools have missed comparable amounts of snow days in the past, this year differs greatly due to three consecutive weeks of school being missed directly preceding the production. Attempts to hold rehearsal on cancelled days resulted in inadequate attendance.

  • 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.