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Letters

  • 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.

  • Support for 9th District challenger

    It used to make me feel better to bad-mouth some politician and go on my merry way, but Anthony Flaccavento makes me think twice.
    He’s running against Morgan Griffith for Ninth District Congress, and I have yet to hear an ugly word from this man about his opponent.
    I do hear plenty from Flaccavento about stagnant wages and runaway debt, about working together and helping each other right where we actually live, regardless of our politics.

  • Property owners are losing rights

    I would like to mention a loss of our basic rights of land ownership that is being deleted, slowly but surely.
    I am told that Virginia mandates that counties must have either zoning or a subdivision ordinance but I don’t think that it mandates this 38-page monstrosity of Carroll County’s.
    It appears to me that the intent and language of the ordinance is only concerned with development. There are reasons for land division other than development or housing.

  • Reader sees metaphor in lawmakers' crash

    A clear and urgent message has come to me, which I feel behooved to share with the rest of America.
    Last week, a gaggle of Republican lawmakers left D.C. for a most important enclave in Beautiful West Virginia. No doubt to give the cleaning staff time to shovel out all the crap in the halls of government. They mounted their conveyance with family and friends in tow and roared off down the Cumberland Valley.
    They did not complete the trip on board their chartered train. On the way there was a mishap. Analyzing the event, I perceive a clear message.

  • 2018 has had a rough start

    2018 has started out where 2017 ended. Sad and disgusting, where violence has taken the lives of police officers and a little girl who came between the mother and a loser of a boyfriend.
    The same political circus goes on. But with a twist.
    Vulgarity, no shame, the attitude shown from the Oval Office is “I’m the leader and you’re the pumpkin eater — deal with it”
    In that so-called bipartisan meeting of Congress to set out a plan to tackle the problems from immigration to the budget, the end result was who could cuss the most.