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Today's Opinions

  • Reader remembers former band director

    I enjoyed the article about Joe Gollehon, first band director at Independence High School and VADAR award winner.

    As my old bandmates at Galax High School will recall, he was also our director temporarily.

    The GHS band director had resigned and Gallehon agreed to fill in until a permanent director could be found.

    Not only was he an excellent band director (and a superb trumpet player) but also a genuinely nice person.

    We were fortunate to have him for part of the 1957-58 school year.

    Tom Stone

  • Bassett thanked for past Christmas parties

    I was Made in America by a Factory Man.

    Starting this letter is difficult.  I have so much to say and I want to be sure that I can convey my gratitude both completely and accurately. So, I’ll just start with the obvious: Mr. John D. Bassett III, thank you.

    Thank you for the Christmas parties and the stockings. I felt so lucky and included to be able to go into that loading dock with my parents and meet everyone that they worked with.

    One caveat however, I always knew that was Ronnie McGrady in that Santa costume.

  • Same-sex marriage worthy of coverage

    In recent weeks Gazette readers have shared plenty of feedback about two news reports that were published on the topic of same-sex marriage. We’ve heard a strong response from both sides.

    Some are happy to see the change that has taken place since federal court rulings resulted in allowing same-sex couples the same marriage rights as other couples. Others have vented, sharing feelings of concern and even anger about the court decision and our coverage decisions.

  • What is the government doing in our bedrooms

    The public, at least the segment that takes the time to express their opinions to The Gazette’s Readers’ Hotline, is sure upset about the coverage of the gay marriage issue.

    I’ll agree and disagree at the same time. The court ruling needed coverage. Maybe not front page, but coverage nonetheless.

  • Sheep & Goat Club appreciates coverage

    We want to thank your paper for your support of the New River Valley Sheep & Goat club with the printing of the article on our club and highlighting its Oct. 18 sale.

    Many members saw the article and they were thrilled with it. The show was a success, with 18 farms participating from around the region and more than 250 people attending.

    Many people mentioned having seen the article in The Gazette and some came carrying your paper!

  • Leaving trash behind at game was thoughtless

    Fifty-five plastic bottles, 36 Styrofoam cups and containers, 23 used napkins, 19 candy wrappers, 11 plastic bags.
    These are the items left behind by thoughtless Galax Maroon Tide fans after the game at Fort Chiswell on Oct 17.
    It was embarrassing to see how much trash was left sitting in the visitors’ stands, especially given the fact there were two large, almost empty trash cans in the stands that people had to pass by as they exited.

  • Reader offended by Gazette's coverage

    It seems like the people whom are going to wed in the area should have their photo on the front page of The Gazette from this point on.
    Otherwise, The Gazette is saying that the rights of straight couples are less than those of gay people.
    If this is news, than I did not see it on WDBJ television! Why couldn’t the happy couple be in the wedding section of The Gazette like all the others?
    I hope that the person that decided to place this photo and story on the front page will realize that he or she will be judged by the Creator on the day of judgment.

  • CDC report raises concerns for reader

    From “The Washington Post” July 14, 2014: A report from the Centers for Disease Control states “The nation’s percentage of gays, lesbians and bisexuals is less than supposed.”
    Their figures are: less than 3 percent of respondents to the survey self-identified themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual, only 1.6 percent as gay or lesbian and less than .07 percent as bisexual; 96.6 percent identified themselves as straight; while 61 percent responded “I don’t know the answer” or something else.