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Letters

  • Keep highway workers safe

    Each spring, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) recognizes Work Zone Awareness Week to remind drivers of the importance of avoiding distractions and driving safely through work zones.
    We invite you to join VDOT in the annual observance of National Work Zone Awareness Week April 8-12. This week is a reminder that work zone safety is everyone’s responsibility.

  • Love, do not judge our neighbors
  • Support of home-schooling questioned

    Being formed by public education teachers and having worked as a teacher and principal in public schools, I suppose that I have an innate prejudice and love for public education; I cannot comprehend any reason for encouraging or supporting home-schooling in Virginia.

  • Information about area needed

    The following letter to the editor was submitted by a third-grade student in Northern Virginia, who is seeking information for a class project.

    Dear people of the great state of Virginia,
    Hello! I am a third grade student in Northern Virginia. In third grade, we do state projects, and I have chosen my state! I am very excited to learn more about the great state of Virginia as I work on my project.

  • Samaritan’s Purse thanks volunteers for their support

    I am writing to thank Galax residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season.
    Because of the generosity of donors in Galax and across the United States, Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, collected more than 8.8 million shoeboxes in 2018. Combined with those collected from partnering countries in 2018, the ministry is now sending more than 10.6 million shoebox gifts to children suffering from poverty, natural disasters, war, disease and famine.

  • Finding no faith in federal government

    I’m dedicating in memory of a two-year-old child and police officers killed in the line of duty.
    2019 has come in, with ever-growing violence of sickening and disgusting incidents where parasites and losers of society know no boundaries or respect of life.
    A caring heart looks around and sees a government in a free-fall situation, a street bully attitude. A shutdown proves nothing but pain and worries.

  • Sponsors thanked for fundraiser

    Sincere appreciation is extended to Don and Judy Lundy, owners of 21 Grocery, for sponsoring the annual Allen Halsey Memorial Rook Tournament at the Elk Creek Rescue Squad on Jan. 26, in support of the local fire department and rescue units.
    Thanks to all who came to play and donated, to the auxiliaries that prepared and served the food, and to those that in any way helped to make this fundraiser a big success.
    Winners were Andy Taylor and Billie Joe Delp, first place; and John McCarthy and David Sutherland, second place.

  • The government shutdown

    I would rather write about serious problems afflicting the country and Grayson County: access to healthcare, crumbling infrastructure or the need for good jobs in rural areas. But, President Trump’s wall and shutdown have been dominating the news. As of now, the government shutdown has not seriously affected Southwest Virginia, but if it continues, our lives will be impacted. Federal programs on which so many of our residents depend, like SNAP, could be curtailed.

  • Opposition to border wall

    Editor’s note: This letter was sent to U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-9th District) and the author requested it also be published in the newspaper. Griffith’s district includes the City of Galax and Carroll and Grayson counties.

    As one of your constituents, I would like to communicate my strong opposition to the proposed border wall the president and members of your party support.

  • A hard lesson to learn