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Today's Opinions

  • Leave Medicare, Social Security alone

    Our message to you, Mr. Congressman is as follows:
    We like Social Security as it is. It has served to save seniors from absolute poverty for more than 70 years. Do not privatize or dismantle it.
    We like Medicare as it is. It has saved the lives of millions of our people for over four decades. You may tweak it. You may remove duplication, waste and fraud, but do not dismantle or privatize it.
    We like Medicaid as it is. It has served as a buffer for our most vulnerable citizens for decades. You may cute the waste, fraud and abuse, but do not dismantle it.

  • Four-laning U.S. 58 a wasteful project

    Note: This letter was originally sent to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

    I am writing to you regarding the Route 58 plans of the state of Virginia. Southwest Virginia is essentially a rural, agricultural region and people who live here want to keep it that way.
    Route 58, a two-lane road, is capable of handling traffic from the seacoast to Hillsville very well into the log-term future.

  • Hotline readers raise veteran's morale

    A special thank you to all the wonderful Gazette readers who responded to
    the Hotline call for cheering up a vet.
    My dad, Osby Norman, WWII D-Day and Korean War vet, received many nice prayers, cards and letters. The effect was miraculous on his morale and outlook on life.
    He will be coming home from rehab next week.
    The Norman family is grateful for the outpouring of love, respect and appreciation for his service.
    Thank you all again. We are all deeply moved.
    Michael Norman
    Woodlawn

     

  • GHS 1951 grad looking for classmates

    I just want to say that on June 12, 1951, I graduated from Galax High School.
    I wanted to say “hello” to the class and to remember the ones gone on.
    If anyone from my class could write me a line, I would love to hear from you.
    Class of ’51, 60 years ago.
    Dorothy Leonard Stoots
    Patrick Springs

  • Electric rates reflect costs

    Charles Patton is president and chief operating officer of APCo

  • Not just a day off

    Amid the backyard barbecues and trips to the beach today, let us not forget the true meaning behind Memorial Day. It's not an excuse for a sale, or the official beginning of summer; nor is it just another day off from work.
    Celebrated since May 30, 1868, Memorial Day is a time to remember the men and women who have fought and died for our freedoms, in conflicts throughout history.

  • Letter writer disrespected Pope

    In response to the vitriolic and verbose letter of Kenneth Wayne published in the April 5 issue of the Gazette, apparently he has many axes to grind.
    In his attempt to besmirch the Pope, he wrote “the Pope’s title is VICARIUS FILLI DEI, which blasphemously means 'In place of the Son of God.'"
    The proper translation from Latin to English in Roman Catholic usage is “Representing the Son of God.”
    Mr. Wayne’s use of “in place of” gives an entirely different connotation.

  • Singers, radio station appreciated

    I don’t know who organized the “Sing A Song To God” in April, but a gold star to whoever did.
    I don’t know when I’ve enjoyed anything any more than listening to all those young people singing songs about God.
    He is so important to our young people. Also to older people, too.
    If I could have, I would have given all of them first place. God bless each performer.
    To another subject: WBRF radio’s new format. I listen to the station and although I enjoy the classics, I also enjoy hearing the new country hits too.