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Letters

  • Celebrate local businesses on Nov. 25

    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.

  • Late mail letter

    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.

  • Preferential treatment shown on shopping trip

    I go to a local shopping store, obtain a motorized scooter to assist me with getting my needs met, only to have a woman approach me and persist I had to give my cart up, as her client needed it.
    I wasn’t going to be put in a position of having to contradict my health vs. her client’s health, so I didn’t even go there.

  • Gap between rich and poor is getting wider

    I went to the thrift store in Galax this week, and found a really nice sweater for $3.50. While I waited to pay, I watched the family in front of me--a little boy who looked to be about 4 years old, with his mama and daddy. They had a shopping cart with three or four bright colored plastic toys and the little guy was just bubbling over, he was so happy. I suspect it might have been his birthday.

  • Candidate using divisive tactics against opponent

    The nation just endured the most divisive election since 1968.  There was a coarsening of political discourse.
    It is disturbing that this type of conduct has invaded our local election for county supervisor. Tom Revels, Republican candidate for the Wilson District, has characterized opponent Gesche Morley as a city person who does not hold rural folk in much regard, and he attributes this to her family ties to Charlotte Hanes.

  • Morley is best choice for Wilson District

    As we approach Election Day, those of us in Grayson County’s Wilson District have two choices for the supervisor seat: Tom Revels and Gesche Morley.
    I have been assisting Ms. Morley. As we campaign around the district and talk with people, I am impressed by Ms. Morley’s willingness to listen to concerns, what matters most to voters, and discussions that follow.
    Ms. Morley is a retired teacher. Her hometown is Elkin, N.C. She moved here five years ago, built a house, and settled along the New River with her husband, Eric.

  • Candidate’s negative comments unfair to opponent

    I find supervisor candidate Gesche Morley energetic and invigorating.
    One Sunday early this summer we traveled to Floyd to a training seminar. We were new acquaintances, so there was a lot to talk about.
    I was curious about her approach to problem solving and the areas she had talked about as her areas of focus for Grayson County.
    She talked about the foundation of agriculture in our county. She talked about the deep involvement of her sister, Charlotte, in grass-fed beef and the potential for growers here.

  • Know what you’re being charged for

    As a self-pay patient I feel it’s my responsibility to spread the word so everyone is aware of something I feel is new in the wellness visit billing world.  
    I took my daughter for her wellness visit to a local doctor’s office. During the visit the doctor asked the traditional questions, which I answered truthfully.
    When the bill came I realized we had been billed for a wellness visit ($120) and a sick visit ($151). I called to explain that this must be a mistake, as it was one visit and my daughter was perfectly healthy.

  • Reader requests balance for Virginia voters

    Virginia is a biphasic state, actually a commonwealth, with Northern Virginia in the political and financial sphere of Washington, D.C.
    Truly, the population density and wealth of the commonwealth are mainly in the James River area northward, up until and abutting the Potomac River on the south of the Potomac.

  • Fire department thanks attendees of Fiddler’s Convention

    The Elk Creek Volunteer Fire Department and the Ladies Auxiliary would like to thank everyone who supported us by attending the 50th Anniversary of the Grayson County Fiddler’s Convention.
    We would also like to extend a personal thank you to Mr. Wilton Dolinger, a founding member of the Grayson County Fiddler’s Convention and Delegate Israel O’Quinn for their kind words.
    The Fire Department and the Ladies Auxiliary has been very busy this year.