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Letters

  • 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.

  • Letters to the Editor for 10/13/08

    Only rich can create new jobs

    America needs jobs desperately.

    How many poor or middle class people do you know with the money, or access to it, required to start a business large enough to employ large numbers of people?

    None?

    Well, then who does have such resources?

    The rich and corporations!

    If the rich and corporations give all their excess money to the federal government in high taxes, guess what they don’t have the money to do?

  • Letters to the Editor for 10/6/08

    Spend more time with children

    My family and I read with dismay in the Readers’ Hotline regarding the Grayson County High School and Fries Middle School students whose parents took them out of school due to bullying and harassment.

    Our hearts go out to these families.

    The time a child spends with his or her parents has a direct impact on the child’s character and moral fiber.

  • Letters to the Editor for 9/29/08

    Brit says old-time band jams

    Your readers may be interested to read that we Brits are being treated to some excellent old-time mountain music courtesy of one of your local bands.

    The Whitetop Mountain band from Southwest Virginia have been touring the United Kingdom for a couple of weeks now.

    My son and I had the pleasure of opening the show for them last week at the George Hotel in South Molton Devon. This venue was full to capacity to welcome the band to this town.

  • Letters to the Editor for 9/22/08

    Don't just complain, get active

    I read the Readers’ Hotline to determine if misinformation exists that I may have to correct in my job.

    Mostly, I hear negative comments from readers about the Hotline — a likely result of the generally negative content. Yet, it creates an engaging drama that attracts readers who support its existence.

    Unfortunately, the Hotline hinders economic development and state support when business executives or Richmond policymakers read about our problems and bickering, leading to a poor community image.

  • Letters to the Editor for 9/15/08

    Opry project destined to fail

    A Gazette editorial made some important points in promoting the potential for tourism in our area, but in spite of Mr. Garrett’s praise and despite the fact that it is an exciting idea, there is no evidence to suggest that a Carroll Opry would succeed.

    Learn from others’ mistakes: within the past year there have been at least two opry failures not far from Carroll.

  • Letters to the Editor for 8/25/08

    What is true purpose of government?

    With Presidential elections approaching, a review of the purpose of government seems like a good way to focus our attention.

    An equitable government has but three responsibilities and no more: the protection of its people from enemy attack, assuring that its people encounter opportunities to succeed, and establishing values.

    The Preamble of our U.S. Constitution sets forth in a nutshell our founding fathers’ idea of the purpose of our governmental setup.

  • Letters to the Editor for 8/18/08

    Community comes to clinic's aid

    The Free Clinic of the Twin Counties, serving Carroll, Grayson, and City of Galax, wishes to thank The Gazette for publishing a timely article when the Free Clinic was in dire need of funding.

    At that time, a proposal was before the board to out of necessity consider closing down the clinic.

    The response to your article was immediate. A groundswell of grassroots support began to take place.

    Individuals were calling and stopping by to make contributions the very next day, and for days and weeks to follow.

  • Letters to the Editor for 8/11/08

    New school in Grayson a mistake

    Grayson County made a grave mistake when it broke ground for a new school in Grant.

    Mount Rogers has had to fight to keep its school open for 50 years.

    Mount Rogers was sacrificed because Bridle Creek needed a new school. They could have built a school for Bridle Creek and left Mount Rogers alone.