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Letters

  • The killing of a community

    Who can stand the odor, flies, and noise coming from the “cattle feedlot” that was built on top of the community of the old historic community of Speedwell?
    It was always a farm but it never had a concentration of almost 10,000 cattle. An old farm purchased by someone who does not live there, several years ago, turned into a huge feedlot overlooking our community.

  • Working to get corporate money out of elections

    I recently attended a conference in Washington, D.C. with American Promise, a group that is focused on limiting campaign spending in US elections.
    This issue should be the key focus of all citizens, because unless we can reform the way our elections are financed, each of our individual votes is drowned out by the flood of corporate money influencing our politicians.
    This is NOT a partisan issue. It affects all of our votes regardless of where your choices fall on the political spectrum.

  • Trouble with Centurylink

    I am an older widow and maybe considered an outsider, but we have owned a cabin near Flatridge for 45 years. I don’t have any cell service, as I am behind the mountain from the tower. Therefore, I had to rely on a land line over the years.

  • Who should own your Congressional representative?

    Just who should own your representative in Congress — corporations, or you the voter?

  • Impressive show

    The July 15 presentation of “Completely Hollywood” at the Carol Jane Waddell Outdoor Galax Theater Guild stage was excellent.
    Presented by the Arts Council of the Twin Counties and directed by Stephanie Dees, the young and excellent performers were Wesley Harmon, 16, Molly Sullivan, 15, Daphne Utt, 18, and RJ Baber, 18 (sound and lights) of the Wandflower (Galax flower) Actors Group.
    The show was delightful, well done and funny with great humor, great props and impeccable timing. Bravo.
    Cameron a. Gillespie, MD
    Galax

  • Saddened by state of country

    It is a very sad time in our country when people who really care about the community are gunned down and killed; from a 17 year veteran firefighter in California to five senior staff members of a newspaper in Maryland.
    Rejects of society who have a life of misery bring it upon innocent souls that cause pain and tears.
    If it’s not police officers, it’s firefighters or bystanders. Gun violence seems to be an everyday occurrence in our society, where losers run amok and who do not care for anything.

  • When good people do a bad thing
  • Restrictions to public road are unfair

    The following letter is a response to the submitted letter, “Community needs access to road,” which appeared in the June 6 edition of The Declaration.

  • Community needs access to road

    Our place is centered between Middle Fox and Grubb’s Chapel on the Old County Road. Maps dating back to the early 1900s show the road and home sites.  
    Two property owners put up two locked gates on the center portion of the road to end through travel. One continues to demand that gate stay in place. Mr Hash, on Grubb’s Chapel says he was threatened when crossing. Another risked the right to a spring that feeds their home for using the road.
    Henry Reed has horses and a carriage he rides often. He was told he could no longer use the road.

  • Remember to vote in the upcoming primary

    Guess what: before you or any of us can vote in November, we first have to have a June 12 primary. That’s where important choices are made about whose name gets listed on the November ballot.