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Letters

  • Letters to the Editor for 02/15/10

    Retirement facility needed

     

    A Feb. 3 Readers’ Hotline comment regarding the need for a retirement facility in Galax prompts me to update the public on activity by the city to pursue such a facility.

    One of my campaign promises when I ran for City Council in 2008 was to explore opportunities for a senior retirement facility to locate in Galax.

  • Letters to the Editor for 02/08/10

    Help needed with deer

     

    I just read the story in regards to the deer population in Galax and, as much as I like animals and love watching the deer, we could use some help up here, also.

    We have actual herds roaming all around Pipers Gap, Cockerham Loop and Coleman Lane and on the side streets, also.

  • Letters to the Editor for 02/01/10

    Our moral imperative

     

    Very few folks are satisfied how things are going in our community.  People are fed up with the mess.

    Issue upon issue; controversy upon controversy; what is true, what is propaganda; who knows, who doesn’t know; who’s doing, and who’s doing nothing — all has lots of folks wondering what is going on.

  • Letters to the Editor for 01/18/10

    New school is a waste of money

     

    Why are we building this expensive new Grayson Highlands school up toward Troutdale, when our school-age enrollment is declining and state funding is decreased?

    This sounds nuts to me.

    The building at Bridle Creek Elementary, where I vote, is solid as a rock.

    The academic program has won a presidential citation for excellence. It's small enough that teachers know the children and families by name.

  • Letters to the Editor for 01/25/10

    Get ready for painful budget cuts

     

    I must be psychic. My last letter pointed out that there would be many state and local cuts coming because of Medicaid funding changes, when and if this healthcare plan passes.

    Lo and behold, cuts are taking place well ahead of time, much like credit card companies scrambled to increase interest rates well ahead of the February deadline that they were given by the feds.

    If you look at the cuts reported in The Gazette Dec. 21, it is amazing but pretty predictable.

  • Letters to the Editor for 01/11/10

    Planning process too early

     

    The announcement that the Carroll County Supervisors want citizen input for a new comprehensive plan is an encouraging sign of change, but the timing makes no sense.

    It would have made sense to have formulated the plan before the Exit 14 land giveaway and before borrowing millions of dollars to extend water and sewer connections to Galax. These were extremely significant decisions for economic development, and it is unfortunate that citizen input was not solicited.

  • Letters to the Editor for 11/10/08

    Avoiding crash was a miracle

    A short while back, I bought a new motorcycle. I’ve enjoyed riding to no end and take advantage of every opportunity.

    Last Sunday afternoon was the perfect evening to ride and enjoy the beautiful trees and just relax.

    After riding to Mount Airy, I decided to head home. I maintained a speed of 55 mph down Pipers Gap Road.

    When I passed Oakland School and approached Elkhorn Road on the right, I noticed a truck at the stop sign.

  • Letters to the Editor for 11/3/08

    Learn from mistakes of the past

    I came across a bit of wisdom yesterday: “The past is in front of you.”

    Meaning, the mistakes of yesterday are how we have created today and right now, that doesn’t look too good.

    We are entering into a verge between two ways of thinking.

    Traditional thinkers, who imitated the ancestors without realizing that this leads to stagnation and decay. Then, the modern thinkers who rush into things with no forethought about the long-term consequences of their choices.

  • Letters to the Editor for 10/27/08

    Much at stake in election

    This is probably the most important presidential race of our lifetime —certainly if we are 75 years young or younger.

    Nearly everything we care about is at stake: our personal, and collective economies, the health of our only planet, the essential future of our children, the real and perceived notions of a global threat not just towards us, but towards one another across the landscape of ideas and the sense of belonging to a place.

  • Letters to the Editor for 10/20/08

    Sutherland backed for board

    The late beloved U.S. House of Representatives speaker Tip O’Neill is famous for his “all politics is local” opinion. Even in national election years, his idea continues to be increasingly true.

    Right here in Grayson County’s Elk Creek District there’s a spirited threeee'way supervisor’s race, with quality candidates in the running.

    The board of supervisors wields tremendous power in local governing and in charting a forward direction for our county.