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Letters

  • 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.

  • Letters to the Editor for 5/10/10

    Prayers should be inclusive

    Since the comments supporting Virginia's governor and his rejection of a policy that advised volunteer chaplains to be circumspect in their public prayers at government-sponsored events seem to be defensive, mean-spirited, and clamoring for "freedom," let's consider some common sense objections to the direction this hullabaloo has taken.

  • Letters to the Editor for 5/3/10

    Show could not go on

    I wish to address the concerns expressed by a Grayson County High School Chorus parent regarding this year’s spring musical cancellation.

    It was a disheartening but appropriate decision based upon rational consideration.

    While Grayson County Schools have missed comparable amounts of snow days in the past, this year differs greatly due to three consecutive weeks of school being missed directly preceding the production. Attempts to hold rehearsal on cancelled days resulted in inadequate attendance.

  • Letters to the Editor for 4/26/10

    Drawn back to Galax

    I was born and raised in Galax, and like so many other young people, I left to pursue a career elsewhere.

    Last week I returned "back home" to attend a birthday celebration. I realized that many of the things that made me so anxious to leave are the very things that now draw me back.

    In some ways it's like stepping back in time — the slower pace of life and friendly people that have the time to stop and chat remind me of a much simpler time.

  • Letters to the Editor for 4/19/10

    Galax recognizes firefighters

    This letter was addressed to the Galax Volunteer Fire Department and Chief David Hankley.

    Galax City Council asked me to convey their thanks and gratitude for the valiant efforts out forth by the Galax Volunteer Fire Department at the fire on South Main Street on March 19.

    It was through their work that damage from this fire was essentially limited to a single structure.