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Letters

  • No relief for middle class in tax bill

    Trump may throw a few carrots in the tax reform to the middle class and we will accept, as this is all we demand.
    We have a liar as president and all the tax break does is enrich Trump and his family, who could care less how much the middle class and low income are hurting. Just look at the price we are paying for the Trumps to live in the White House and promote their investments.

  • Remember the elderly, lonely at Christmas

    No Christmas tree in this house,
    No wreath upon the door.
    The old man spends Christmas alone once more.
    Forgotten by his children,
    And by his neighbors he is ignored.
    They are too busy,
    They pass by his door.
    The old man spends Christmas alone once more.
    As he sits alone with tears streaming down his face,
    The forgetfulness of his children and neighbors,
    His memory cannot erase.
    With a peaceful look upon his face.
    Slowly his wipes away the tears.

  • Community can help 4-H for holidays

    What do you get for that person that has everything?
    Give the gift of life-changing experiences through your local 4-H program.
    Did you know if you give to Grayson County 4-H, 100 percent of this money goes directly to the local kids in Grayson County?
    Your money is not paying for a salary, someone’s office space or for company lunches. One hundred percent of your donation supports 4-H programming in Grayson County schools, provides scholarships to summer camp and provides education access to those that may have otherwise been limited financially.

  • One night before Christmas...

    Editor’s note: Andy Johnson, age 8, of Galax wrote us this letter, his retelling of “Twas The Night Before Christmas.”
    One night before Christmas, they was all snug in their beds as candy canes danced in their heads.
    The children were dreaming about Santa and his elfs in his sleigh, riding all around the world as they was delivering presents to every good girl and boy.
    But, they heard a noise. It sounded like reindeer prancing on the rooftop.

  • Our brave new world
  • 9th District needs better representation

    As I drive by the Crossroads Institute, with a parking lot full of cars or when I visit the Blue Ridge Music Center, which draws thousands of tourists from all over the world, I remember fondly the efforts of our former representative, Rick Boucher, and all he did for our 9th District during his 29 years of service.

  • Have compassion for mother charged in child’s death

    This is concerning my granddaughter and the death of my grandson.
    She has been going through the legal system since this happened almost eight months ago. I think it’s time to give her and her family some time to grieve and heal the best they can.
    People involved in this legal system are trying to make an example out of her... because of a video that a certain person has pushed to get her convicted.
    I think all involved in this should be ashamed. She doesn’t need to be hated and locked up, she needs freedom and compassion.

  • Wealthy profit from division among citizens

    Taking a knee is courageous, patriotic and very effective in focusing our attention on one of our most cruel injustices.
    Police are shooting and killing unarmed black men and boys. To those who still remain critical of taking a knee, I recommend viewing the Now This Politics video “News Anchors Tell Trump What Patriotism And The Flag Really Mean.”
    We European Americans have been in control of this republic for 228 years and we have failed to achieve our immortal declaration, “all men are created equal!”

  • High number of packages delaying mail delivery

    This letter was addressed to Galax postal customers:
    I wanted to send this out to hopefully answer some questions that you might have about your mail delivery in the upcoming weeks.
    The Postal Service just released some figures from our fiscal year 2017. Mail volume such as magazines, catalogs and first class letters has declined 3.6 percent, while our package volume has increased 11.4 percent compared to last year.
    Due to the number of packages we do receive, your mail delivery will not be at your normal time.

  • When local businesses succeed, we all win

    Growing up, I would earn a quarter per chore – a quarter each for washing dishes, dusting, sweeping and more. I pocketed the quarters, hopped on my bike and rode four blocks to the main thoroughfare in my town of 1,000.
    I would peruse toy racks at the pharmacy and hardware store; drool over bulk candy at the grocery store and the flower shop; and peer at notepads in the glass case at the newspaper office. These locally-owned businesses received all of my hard-earned quarters.