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Letters

  • 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.

  • President not skilled at 'art of the deal'

    I grabbed my coffee on Saturday morning, turned on the computer to see what is happening in the world, and discovered that we had another government shutdown.
    The administration, Fox News and die-hard Trump supporters tried to blame this on Democrats, but the blame rests squarely on Trump’s shoulders.
    Senators Lindsey Graham and Dick Durbin came to the White House with a bipartisan agreement that would have avoided a shutdown.

  • Community helped save Christmas for business

    The residents and employees of Galax Health and Rehab would like to say “thank you” to several people in our community.
    The out-building that houses our seasonal decorations caught on fire in November. The fire was quickly under control because of the quick response of our local fire department.
    Unfortunately, many of our Christmas decorations were destroyed, including our trees.
    Many folks came to our rescue with much-needed donations.

  • Flaccavento is best choice for 9th District

    Never be beholden to anybody. My daddy taught me that when I was about 10 years old.
    It’s an old way of speaking and it may sound a little stingy at first, but it helps me think twice about who I accept favors from, and what that person might expect in return.
    That’s why I wholeheartedly support Anthony Flaccavento in his 9th District campaign for Congress.
    He will not accept money from corporations. He does not have a PAC fund, where donors can hide their affiliation.

  • Student wants to learn about Virginia

    I am a student at Cascade Christian Schools, and I am writing a report on the state of Virginia.

    We are responsible for gathering as much information as we can about our state. If any of your readers would like to help me by sending any pictures, postcards, used license plates, facts, products, etc. from your state to the address below, it would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you very much.

    Nathan S.

    5th Grader

    Cascade Christian School

    601 9th Ave. S.E.

  • Patients at the mercy of healthcare industry

    Health care in America is an absolute scam.
    While insurance companies, drug companies, and healthcare providers get richer and richer, people who need their services are simply “hostages” to their demands. Either you pay the ransom, or you can just die.
    Congress blames the insurance companies. But they are not about to put any restrictions on the cost of healthcare. (Which drives the cost of insurance).
    Why should they, theirs is free. “We” have to pay for theirs.