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Letters

  • A decision to make
  • Vote for the person, not the party

    As an Independent, not aligned with either establishment party, I find myself amazed by the current political climate. To me, a vote is sacred, and should be applied to the best person running regardless of party affiliation. When I vote, I do so with the larger community in mind, hoping that the person I have chosen will do as he or she says, and that most of us will benefit by that choice.

  • Praying for mercy for accused mother

    It’s been over a year since the death of my great-grandson Jaylen. It’s been a hard and painful time for the entire family.
    His mom, dad and baby brother are really having a hard time, not just because of his passing but because of battling the legal system.
    We see people who kill people, who only get a slap on the wrist. This was a tragic accident and the legal system is trying hang her and make an example of her.

  • Help for veteran’s assistance appreciated

    I want to publicly thank Sen. Tim Kaine and his staff, particularly Laura, for much assistance in obtaining a long overdue federal tax refund for my friend Edward, who is an 89-year-old retired Air Force veteran who served in Korea and Vietnam.
    We had been unable to connect with the IRS to seek information and were quite frustrated. Through persistent, diligent work, Sen. Kaine’s office was able to contact an IRS advocate and eventually get the funds released. The refund arrived in today’s mail.

  • 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.