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Letters

  • Reader prepared to give vote to Flaccavento

    “Never be beholden to anybody.”
    My daddy taught me that when I was about 10 years old. It’s an old way of speaking and it may sound a little stingy at first, but it helps me think twice about who I accept favors from, and what that person might expect in return.
    That’s why I wholeheartedly support Anthony Flaccavento in his Ninth District campaign for Congress. He will not accept money from corporations. He does not have a PAC fund, where donors can hide their affiliation.

  • Middle class tax cut

    Trump may throw a few carrots in the tax reform to the middle class and we will accept as this is all we demand. We have a liar as president and all the tax break does is enrich Trump and his family, who could care less how much the middle class and low income are hurting. Just look at the price we are paying for the Trumps to live in the White House and promote their investments.

  • Wealthy profit from division among citizens

    Taking a knee is courageous, patriotic and very effective in focusing our attention on one of our most cruel injustices.
    Police are shooting and killing unarmed black men and boys. To those who still remain critical of taking a knee, I recommend viewing the Now This Politics video “News Anchors Tell Trump What Patriotism And The Flag Really Mean.”
    We European Americans have been in control of this republic for 228 years and we have failed to achieve our immortal declaration, “all men are created equal!”

  • The Ninth District is ready for change

    As I drive by the Crossroads Institute, with a parking lot full of cars, or when I visit the Blue Ridge Music Center, which draws thousands of tourists from all over the world, I fondly remember the efforts of our former Congressman, Rick Boucher, during his 29 years of service. Those were the days, when we had real representation, here in our Ninth District.

  • Our brave new world
  • Family needs time to grieve

    This is concerning my granddaughter and the death of my grandson.
    She has been going through the legal system since this  
    happened almost eight months ago. I think it’s time to give her and her family some time to grieve and heal the best they can.
    People involved in this legal system are trying to make an example out of her... because of a video that a certain person has pushed to get her convicted.
    I think all involved in this should be ashamed. She doesn’t need to be hated and locked up, she needs freedom and compassion.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.