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Letters

  • Letters to the Editor for 7/14/08

    CELL TOWER HAS MANY SUPPORTERS

    As owner of the Fries High School Web site www.frieshighschool.com, I am in contact with many people who live in Fries and the Fries area, and people who are from Fries and now live away.

    We are strong supporters of issues concerning the Town of Fries and the Fries area that benefit people living there and people who visit the town and the Fries area.

    We are staunch supporters of U.S. Cellular and its cell tower in Fries.

  • Letters to the Editor for 7/7/08

    TAX HIKE NOT NEEDED TO FIX ROADS

    On July 9, the General Assembly will reconvene to finalize the state’s transportation bill.

    There are plans to raise the state gas tax by 35 percent to an additional 6 cents per gallon. Vehicle registrations will increase $10 per year. Titling taxes will also rise.

    We need to make sure that our transportation needs are met, but we do not have to raise taxes in order to maintain our roads.

  • Letters to the Editor for 6/30/08

    OUR HEROES, OUR FRIENDS

    On a recent trip to Fries to visit my mother, I noticed Harry Boyles cutting grass on the bank in front of the “Y.”

    It was an extremely hot and humid day. I decided to stop and thank him, and tell him what a fantastic job that he and his brother, Larry, do for the town.

    I asked Harry when he was going to retire, and he replied “When I die. I love my job.”

  • Letters to the Editor for Week of 6/23/08

    PESTICIDE USE EXPLAINED

    Information has been shared in local media concerning pesticide use, some of which have been grossly misrepresented.

    Many people have legitimate concerns about the safety of pesticides. So, are pesticides completely safe?

    As you consider that question ask yourself if driving a car, eating a tomato, or swimming in the ocean is completely safe. There are risks associated with each.

  • Letters to the Editor for Week of 6/16/08

    VETERANS' MEMORIAL NEEDS SUPPORT

    After the end of World War II, many individuals recognized the need for a memorial to honor the dead of Dec. 7, 1941.

    As resident of Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 710, I see a great need for a veterans’ memorial in the city of Galax — a memorial to honor all veterans, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

  • Letters to the Editor for 5/26/08

    REMEMBERING THOSE WHO DEFENDED FREEDOM

    This Memorial Day has special significance for me.

    My father, Beale Todd of Independence, a World War II veteran, passed away in February at age 84.

    As a child I was always aware my father had been in the Navy during the war but I would be much older before mere awareness would be replaced with true appreciation.

    At age 19 he entered the Navy and served aboard a destroyer escort engaged in anti-submarine warfare in the Atlantic and anti-aircraft warfare in the Mediterranean.

  • Letters to the Editor for 5/19/08

    JOB FAIRS ATTRACT GOOD CANDIDATES

    I am responding to the April 18 story “Grayson’s teacher recruiting goes international.”

    First, I have to ask a few question about the information presented. Why was the school board informed of Mr. Newman’s trip to the Philippines after the fact?

    Does Mr. Newman think the problem with recruitment could possibly be the inadequate pay scale for Grayson County teachers?

  • Letters to the Editor for Week of 1/28/08

    BAN WON'T ADDRESS PROBLEM

    In response to The Gazette’s Jan. 21 editorial regarding the aircraft ban ordinance, as I pointed out at numerous town meetings, an aircraft ban would only force the use of chemicals into other dispensing methods.

    The real issue, not being addressed, is the use of chemicals. Available information is not being researched. Faulty information, produced by the chemical companies, is followed as fact.

  • Letters to the Editor for Week of 1/21/08

    TAKE PART IN VIRGINIA PRIMARY

    Feb. 12, 2008, has been set aside as an election day for presidential primaries.

    This is a day when your vote, as your voice, will be heard by the candidates as we go to our polling places.

    Our nation is facing some serious choices, same as we, as we consider, and pray, over our choice of a presidential candidate.

    Please remember that your one vote does count, and vote in this important election.

    Imogene Henley

    Legislative Chairman,

    Ladies Auxiliary

  • Letters to the Editor for Week of 1-14-08

    RING OFFERS EXPLANATION OF STAFFING

    In response to recent Hotline calls regarding the number of people employed in the Grayson County Administrator’s Office and the gender of the employees, I find it necessary to offer an explanation of each employee’s responsibilities and duties.

    First of all, the number of men that report directly to the Grayson County Administrator is 21. The number of women employees is four.