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Letters

  • Teach 'real world' skills

    Teach 'real world' skills
    I’m a rising senior at Carroll County High School. I’m 17 years old.
    In my educational life, I have come to the realization that no one in the school system teaches you about real life.
    You are taught to the Standards of Learning in every class. Then every once in a while you will have a teacher to tell you “This is something that you will use every day after you graduate.” Will you really?

  • God have mercy on America

    The Fourth of July, a day of freedom of Independence.
    Yes, we have freedom.
    Freedom to kill unborn babies, freedom for men to marry men and women to marry women.
    Freedom to turn our churches into a place to watch a movie, have a fashion show or buy and sell, when Christ said my house shall be called by all nations a house of prayer.
    Freedom to see ungodliness everywhere you go.
    The just will suffer, as well as the unjust.
    You say, God bless America?
    God have mercy on America.
    Judy Gravley

  • Keep 'holiday spirit' all year 'round

    July 2nd was the halfway point of 2010.
    It's hard to believe that 6 months have passed since Christmas... and speaking of the holidays, we see an influx of family members and church groups and volunteers in the month of December at our local nursing home. It seems like the holidays just bring out a generous Christian spirit in people.
    Well, as activity director at Grayson Nursing, I would like to challenge those in the community to reach out to our residents at this time of year also.

  • Choose responsible leaders

    I hope the citizens of Grayson County can see now that through the years our elected supervisors have not had the best interests of the people in their hearts.
    We've known for many years that our taxes needed to be increased, but our supervisors chose not to do the right thing, which would have been to increase the tax rate a few pennies here and a few pennies there, as recommended by our county treasurer.
    But did anybody listen? No.

  • Letters to the Editor for 6/28/10

    Class, not faith, a factor
    Until the hollering died down, the June 10 zoning hearing in Grayson County felt kind of like a witch hunt.
    But having thought it over, I’m starting to wonder if it might be more of a class war.
    A Loudoun County resident, Laura George, had requested a special use permit (rural commercial) west of Independence on Battlefield Road by the New River. She proposed five cabins, each holding two people, and a school building to house classes taught by her Oracle Institute staff.

  • Letters to the Editor for 6/21/10

    Saving shelter animals
    Upon visiting the regional animal shelter in Galax last week, I learned that there is a great need for help to those who sit on death row. Animals, in particular.
    A mere $15 would save a life, no matter which one — an adorable kitten who sits among others with that look of "knowing I'm going to die unless you help me" in their eye, or a dog with that "same look."
    Why are we not going to the pound? Does it bother us to look into their faces and see the hopelessness?

  • Letters to the Editor for 6/14/10

    Lethal dose of incumbents
    Regarding the guest editorial, "Rising above politics," by Mayor Mitchell, is it not a dichotomy to be a politician and then declare that you are rising above politics?
    Ray Charles, if he were alive, could see through that rhetoric.
    Readers might come by the notion that you are making a political statement for Boucher's re-election.
    Concerning the health bill vote, Boucher did not break ranks with the Democratic Party on his own accord.

  • 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.