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Letters

  • Corruption rampant in administration

    Setting the scene, the secretary of the treasury and his new bride fly on a government plane to the U. S. Mint, prime viewing territory for the solar eclipse.
    They pose in front of all the new money with his signature, and his wife highlights on social media all her luxury fashion apparel. He’s in charge of our economy.

  • Ideas for county should be communicated

    The gated tiny home in Grayson County, for the uprising senior population, would be a great asset to the county and to the seniors who will inhabit them, provided they don’t have to meet strict income requirements which many will not be blessed with.
    What a better way to commend our CATE [Career & Technical Education] students with their talents.

  • A good representative listens to constituents

    Many of the people I know are paying careful attention to the news these days, as they realize that decisions made in Richmond and Washington affect our day-to-day lives. I hear people discussing problems like poverty, brain drain, a lack of good-paying jobs, concerns about having Social Security when they retire, and they want to be part of the discussion.

  • Flaccavento supporter excited about election

    Who is Anthony Flaccavento?
    He is an Abingdon farmer and rural economic developer and he is a candidate to represent our Ninth District in the U.S. Congress.
    I have been enthusiastic about Anthony’s accomplishments and dedication to community development in Southwest Virginia for the past 30 years. He is hard working and sincere in his efforts to find solutions and get results. Now that he’s a candidate to represent us in congress, I am spreading the word.

  • Griffith responds to letter criticizing email reply

    Editor’s note: The following response to a letter published March 19 was received from Rep. Morgan Griffith through Kevin Baird, the congressman’s communications director. The letter was critical of Griffith (R-9th District) and his staff for not replying to a constituent’s emails that asked for assistance after encountering red tape with a disability application. The comments were made by letter writer Kyle Noble.

  • Don’t vote for status quo in town election

    I was disheartened to learn that only one person registered to run/challenge our current Independence Town Council members.
    Only Jessica Anders is running as a new person for a town council seat this spring. Three council members are running: E.F. Butch Reeves (mayor), Buddy Halsey and Jeffrey Miller. The election is May 1. I look forward to learning about Ms. Anders and her platform.
    Over the last six years, I have witnessed multiple complaints about town council and the town manager.

  • Are we better off now in 9th District?

    Can anyone tell me where I can buy a red “Make America Great Again” hat that was actually made in America?
    Can anyone tell me one thing that Morgan Griffith, our congressman for the 9th District, has done for Grayson or Carroll counties?
    Can anyone tell me that life is better since the time Rick Boucher was our congressman and actually got things done for us?

  • 9th District deserves better representation

    I was on my way home from a doctor’s appointment in Wytheville when I stopped by the Lakes to Florida grill on Highway 21. I got to talking with the man behind the counter while we waited for my onion rings to cook. 
    We talked about winter weather and hard times, and when I said I was grateful for Medicare, I got an earful.
    This man e-mailed Rep. Morgan Griffith every day for two solid months, trying to get some help. A member of his family had an urgent disability application and they were stuck in a bunch of red tape.

  • More benches needed

    We are asking Walmart for more sitting benches in their store.
    We shop there as least once a week and, being senior citizens, there are times we need to take a short break.
    Not just for us, but younger people with children.
    Thank you.
    Terry Stewart
    Pauline Murphy
    Galax

  • Novant should keep Galax office open

    This letter to editor is in reference to the closing of Novant Health’s cardiology office located on West Stuart Drive in Galax.
    I was so shocked to learn some two or three weeks ago that the Galax office was closing. I was no more shocked than all the employees that worked at the office. They were told the previous Friday.
    I was told that they had tried to get a cardiologist to come to Galax and were trying to find replacement jobs for the employees.