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Letters

  • 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.

  • 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.