• Appreciating what we have in Twin Counties

    I hope you and your readers had a great Fourth of July. I did.
    I moved back to Hillsville five years ago, because doctors told me I had roughly one year to live. I was 72 and I had always planned to be buried in the family cemetery. The one thing the doctors did not understand was my love for God and life.
    This letter is about people thinking they need to spend money they don’t have for a day of fun, when it’s right in most Virginians’ reach with just a bit of gasoline.

  • A new spot to hear bluegrass music

    The owner of Briar Patch Market Place and Cafe, corner of Oldtown and South Main streets in Galax, has opened the cafe part to bluegrass jamming every Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m.
    Although I was not reared listening to bluegrass, I have learned to listen to all kinds of music, even opera. There is something about bluegrass that makes me smile.
    This past Tuesday, I was in the cafe when approximately 10 to 12 musicians arrived, took their place in the circle and began playing.

  • Politics come first, country second

    Here we got a $21 trillion White Elephant called the national debt.
    And to add insult, there are those running for president that want to spend billions of hard-earned taxpayers money to serve political points to help foreign illegal people to freebies from the government.
    Thousands come shoving their children in front for a free passageway to this country. One wants to tear down the border wall for open border.
    Lost in all of this will be funding for Social Security and Medicare for those that depend on it.

  • Celebrating electric lineworkers this week

    July 10 is National Lineworker Appreciation Day. At Appalachian Power, it is a day to celebrate our line mechanics and other front line employees and the work they do.
    Our line crews are beloved. They are heroes in their communities — and rightly so. They work long hours to make sure customers have electricity. The work is hot in the summer, cold in the winter, and inherently dangerous.

  • Non-user fees are unfair at any price
  • Helpful suggestions for thrift store

    I read today Willing Partners [a non-profit thrift store in Galax] is about to close.
    I lived in Pennsylvania for nearly 12 years. The elderly, disabled and low-income people are treated with great respect and nowhere you go are you not offered help with your needs. The biggest help came from the food banks.
    Churches have clothes drives and they band together to provide a place to set up a store with food and toiletries. There are shelves with the food and freezers with frozen items.

  • President Trump doing the best he can

    Politicians do not hate President Trump; they are scared of what he will expose.
    They use the word “hate” to psychologically feed the media and those that will not think for themselves.
    I believe many of our top politicians are multi-millionaires. Do you believe they saved this much money simply by their pay? Sad.
    President Trump made his money in the real world. Worked hard and smart. He owes very few for his success.
    He is now doing his best for the United States citizens. He is working very hard to overcome the swamp.

  • Vote for O'Quinn in Republican primary

    I am writing to express my support for Israel O’Quinn for the 5th District House of Delegates seat.
    Israel has demonstrated his commitment and dedication to our area since his election in 2011. He is always accessible, whether it be by phone, email, social media or by his presence in Southwest Virginia. He has always taken time to listen to any questions or concerns and respond in a timely manner.
    Israel is a strong advocate for our area and listens to his constituents to make sure we are well-represented in Richmond.

  • Reader suggests animal rescue solutions

    David Roberson’s letter [in the May 27 edition of The Gazette] calls attention to a nasty situation about stray animal pickup — the animal shelter refers people to the police, and the police say they can’t do anything.
    The Gazette ran a story a while back about an animal rescue operation stared by two women from Elk Creek, but I’ve heard nothing about them since.

  • Student thanks those who helped with project

    Dear people of the great state of Virginia,
    A couple of weeks ago, I had a letter to the editor published in this newspaper. It said that I was doing a state report on Virginia and asked you to send me some information.
    Your response was overwhelming! I have tried my best to send a personal thank you to everyone, but if you sent something and have not received a personal letter, please know how much I appreciate the time, thought, effort and money that you took to help me with my project. I learned so much, and I will never forget this experience!