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Today's Opinions

  • Nursing home residents enjoyed visit from children

    One would think that 350 children trick‑or‑treating through a nursing home would be a scary experience, but it wasn’t on Halloween at Grayson Nursing and Rehabilitation.
    The center welcomed children and their families into the facility for a night of sugar‑induced fun.
    Were there smiles? Yes.
    Were there fun costumes and residents dressed up as well? Yes.
    Were there 95-year-olds interacting with toddlers? Yes.
    Were there veterans of the Army and Navy greeting their little grandchildren? Yes.

  • Ministry working with those receiving high power bills

    Our phones at PUSH Ministries have been flooded with calls about power bills.
    Appalachian Power has now decided if a bill is not paid on the exact date, no grace period, an additional deposit will be assessed.
    We have seen additional deposit requests from $160 to 900. This is not because power is ready to be disconnected, only because it is past the date due.
    APCo also has applied for a 17 percent rate increase.
    After investigating, we have found that American Electric Power stock is one of the most lucrative in the market right now.

  • 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.