• 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
  • Businesses should keep safety in mind after snowy weather

    I think it’s a good time to remind business owners of their responsibility in snowy, icy weather.
    The reason it’s on my mind is a couple of things I just experienced. And to protect the guilty, I will not mention business names.

  • It’s time to end political parties

    After the political/media circus around Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Where both Dr Ford’s and his rights where thrown under the bus, It is time to make the political parties very concerned about their future. Change your party affiliation to none. And consider to announce to run for any government position with only the “End political parties,” as your issue.

    Tim Lutz
    Elk Creek

  • People forget what ‘Christian’ means

    From what I read in the [Gazette] Readers’ Hotline and from what I see with my own eyes and hear with my own ears, and from what people have told me, that I know tell the truth, citizens in the Twin County area do not know what “Christian” means.
    They vote Republican now that Republicans do not want anyone to have anything, and they want to take what we have away.
    If the local, state and national government come up with laws that hurt the citizens, they vote for it. If they come up with a law to help citizens, they vote against it.