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Letters

  • Others should be allowed to disagree

    Since the school shooting in Florida and other schools, many people are calling for gun control.
    I agree that we need to have stricter control of guns, especially assault rifles. These are weapons of war.  Why are they so available to so many people?
    When looking at gun control we need to look back at history. The history of prohibition when whiskey and alcohol beverages were outlawed, crimes increased and many people became outlaws, living the outlaw life for the wealth that came with that illegal business.

  • Community needs access to road

    Our place is centered between Middle Fox and Grubb’s Chapel on the Old County Road. Maps dating back to the early 1900s show the road and home sites.
    Two property owners put up two locked gates on the center portion of the road to end through travel. One continues to demand that gate stay in place. Mr Hash, on Grubb’s Chapel says he was threatened when crossing. Another risked the right to a spring that feeds their home for using the road.
    Henry Reed has horses and a carriage he rides often. He was told he could no longer use the road.

  • Phone service fix needed in Elk Creek

    What is happening to the phone service in Elk Creek? My phone has been dead for 26 days, as of May 16. There are phone trucks around, but when the drivers are spoken to, they claim to be contractors who do not do repairs.
    Without access to 911, I am in a critical situation as is a large percentage of Elk Creek residents living in a dead zone for cell service.

  • Grayson 4-H needs help for sumer camp

    I am writing on behalf of Grayson County 4-H and the camping program. We are very excited to camp this year. We have many exciting programs planned and know that camp will teach participants many lifelong lessons.
    Each year, we have families who want to give their child an opportunity to enjoy camp, but experience financial hardship. This year, we have exhausted all of our in-house funds to support campers and still have families that are in need.

  • Schools should continue teaching cursive handwriting

    If your kid knows how to print his name, he (or she) is lucky.
    PBS television devoted a cutesy feature segment May 5 to the alleged pain and difficulty of learning cursive handwriting.
    Huh? It didn’t hurt me, though holding a pencil was awkward at first. Many of us learned cursive in the second or third grade, a rite of passage that made us proud.

  • Sinister side of politics overshadows good news

    You would think a good economy, jobs, strengthening our military, boosting security at our borders and a tax break are great for this country.
    But, no, it is the sinister side of politics, porn stars, slush fund ties, cover-up, who is minding the store.
    From day one, blame it all on fake news. This bulldog attitude has been shown the law, ethics and the truth does not apply to this pompous government.

  • Free Market offers positive change in Grayson

    Grayson County is so lucky to have caring people that start new programs and projects that benefit others. One of our newest additions it the “Free Market,” which is housed at the old Briarpatch Metalworks on Highway 21 North.

  • Candidate would be a fresh voice on council

    I am writing to encourage City of Galax residents to vote “YES” for Travis Haynes for city council in the May 1 election. I have known Mr. Haynes as a co-worker and a friend and can speak to his integrity, his strong work ethic and his capacity for objectivity and fairness on issues that will ultimately face each citizen in the future.

  • We need to participate in politics

    I was pleasantly surprised by Anthony Flaccavento when he spoke at the recent Farm to Food Forum in Independence.
    I had already decided to support him due to Rep. Morgan Griffith’s abysmal record of doing little to benefit the 9th District.
    A piece of furniture could likely have done a better job for us than Mr. Griffith. Still, I did not expect Mr. Flaccavento to be as informed as he was on livestock farming.

  • Proper gun control requires a look at history

    Since the school shooting in Florida, many people are calling for gun control. I agree that we need to have some stricter control of guns, especially assault rifles. Hunters do not need assault rifles for hunting wild animals. These are weapons of war, so why are they so available to so many people? What are the restrictions on owning an assault rifle?