Letters to the editor
Langrehr doomed First & Main
Steve Cochran questions the intelligence of voters by saying they were swayed by a deluge of literature (The Burgs, Jan. 22, “Outsiders paid for Yost’s election”).
Does he think no one in the House of Delegates 12th District needed or wanted a job that did not offer top wages and benefits? Town council members spent taxpayer money blocking an already-approved business that could have provided jobs, competitive prices and additional revenue in Blacksburg. They doomed First & Main by refusing its anchor store and forcing the developer to abandon the project half finished.
How did Cochran expect us to vote for one of those council members to represent us in Richmond?
I bought two of the same item, one at a store in Blacksburg, the other in Christiansburg. The mark-up was more than 200 percent in Blacksburg. I can’t afford to shop in Blacksburg.
I live on a small, fixed income and often think of town council when driving my old, gas-guzzling clunker to Christiansburg. I could not vote for anyone who is completely oblivious to the needs of so many people in this district.
I wish Del. Joseph Yost well and hope he considers all of his constituents, not just the most vocal, while in Richmond.
Oliver’s Woods vs. Stadium Woods
I recently received a newsletter from the University of Oklahoma’s Department of Botany and Microbiology. I graduated from the department in 1966 with an undergraduate degree in botany.
To my delight, there was an article in the newsletter describing ecology research projects being conducted by undergraduate students in a location adjacent to the campus known as Oliver’s Woods, now officially called Oliver Wildlife Preserve.
I also was involved with field trips in ecology and mycology classes to Oliver’s Woods when I was a student. I met my future wife, Pam, on one of the mycology field trips. So the realization that this area was still being preserved for research and field trips has considerable personal and professional meaning to me.
The woods’ website (bit.ly/oliverswoods) describes the history and research that has been conducted in Oliver’s Woods over the last 50 years. They truly speak for themselves as to the value of preserving and sustaining small islands of natural habitats.
I am indebted to the professors and students over the years who helped to preserve this treasure for future generations to study and enjoy. I can only hope those making the decisions regarding Stadium Woods at Virginia Tech leave the same legacy.
Clearing the air about Celanese
I write regarding the Jan. 28 news article “DEQ regulators again cite Celanese.” As an hourly maintenance employee of the plant since 1978, I would like to mention some facts that were not included in the article.
The Celanese plant has been in operation for nearly 75 years, and there is not enough space in this letter to list the benefits and contributions the plant has made to this community. During the 34 years I have been employed, I have seen all the efforts and many millions of dollars this corporation has spent to protect our environment.
At one time or another, every heavy industry in the United States is going to have these issues, not just the Celanese plant. This industry has been a good neighbor in Giles County to our schools, local merchants and many others. And they didn’t leave this country like so many other U.S. corporations did during the past 25 years.
Shouldn’t we do everything possible to save what few U.S.industrial jobs we have left?
JOHN KINNEY JR.
Take a pound puppy for a walk
Almost every Saturday afternoon, I walk abandoned dogs that are kept at the animal control center in Christiansburg (the pound).
For the most part, these animals are picked up by the animal control officers. The purpose of the center is to care for these animals until homes can be found for them. I find that 90 percent of these dogs are sweet and loving. They live in indoor/outdoor cages and get good food as well as attention.
Anyone can give up an hour or so on a Saturday afternoon and take one of these dogs for a walk. It feels rewarding.