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Today's Opinions

  • Hospital praised for high level of care

     I read a report in The Gazette of Oct. 22 about the future plans for Twin County Regional Hospital. I want to give “praise” to the hospital.

    I was a surgical patient in 1999. I received excellent care from everyone.

    My late husband (the Rev. Wilson) was a patient in the emergency room/hospital some 25 times in three years.

    Except for one time (involving a hospitalist no longer there), we could not have asked for any better care that he received. 

  • Fall leaves are great for gardening

     Fall leaves disposal can be a real problem for some folks who do not garden.

    But for those of us who do garden, they are an excellent amendment to the soil, if shredded and tilled into the soil in fall.

    Shredded leaves act like a giant sponge to retain water during dry periods and draw earthworms in large numbers, whose castings add nutrients to the soil.

    Leaves contain trace amounts of various elements, mined from the sub-soil, which are essential to plant growth.

  • 'Everyday Math' is not for everybody

     I would like to comment about the “Everyday Math” program being used by the Carroll County school system. I am disappointed with results I am seeing. Its technique of introducing a method, then moving on without mastering it and reintroducing it later seems ineffective. The kids who are good at math get it the first time but the other kids are lost.

  • Free clinic needs help

     The Free Clinic of the Twin Counties needs your help. 

    We are seeing a minimum of 20 new applicants per week who qualify as patients. The applicants are residents of Carroll, Grayson and the City of Galax and have been residents for a minimum of six months. They are totally uninsured and have household incomes of 125 percent, or less, of the federal poverty level.

    That is $13,538 for a family of one, $18,213 for a family of two, $22,888 for a family of three, $27,563 for a family of four.

  • Voters need to take stand

     Well, Grayson County has done it to you once again. A 44 percent tax increase has taken effect.

    I have 23 acres with a house and saw my taxes increase from $530+ per year to $820, even though my “new” assessment dropped due to the housing issues.

    This is the equivalent of one month’s yearly income for me. My neighbor, who has twice as many acres, will have to sacrifice two month’s yearly income in order to pay this bill.

  • Reward offered for stolen statue

    We had our “little boy fishing” statue stolen from our bridge on Airport Road in Hillsville.

    We’re offering a reward for the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who stole it. If the person who stole it would like to bring it back and set it back on the bridge, that would save you from going to jail.

    You may call Tommy Edwards with any information: (276) 728-5168.

    Gail Edwards

    Hillsville

  • An economics lesson

     I worked many years in private business offices. Here’s a simple economics lesson.

    Pretend I own a factory that makes widgets. I sell these widgets wholesale to stores for $5 each.

    Now, out of that $5, it costs me $1 for materials to make each widget. That leaves $4.

    Out of that $4, it costs me $3 to pay my employees to make the widget (including my matching of their contribution to Social Security, known as FICA).

    That makes $4 total expenses so far to make the widget, leaving me with $1.

  • NightRide radio show is missed

     I am writing this letter as an extended member of the NightRide family.

    My family and I reside in western Massachusetts and used to listen to Bruce Hodges and the NightRide show on the Internet.

    Having met Bruce a couple of times while visiting family in the area, it pained us to hear he no longer broadcasts on Galax’s WBRF radio.

    And it made us wonder what management was thinking when they chose to change things at the station and had no room for Bruce and his show.