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Columns

  • Barking up the wrong legal tree

    If ever there was a law that needed smacking on the nose with a rolled-up newspaper, it was Hillsville's ill-conceived proposal to control noisy animals.
    Town council members were right to put this idea down, before it created a situation that would likely have resulted in near-constant howls of complaint from citizens and dogged police officers trying to enforce its too-strict rules.

  • Safety takes the cake

    One eatery recently taken into Hillsville by annexation brought town officials cakes and pies to celebrate the change and handed out meal cards as a token of appreciation.
    The visit to Hillsville Town Council’s July 11 meeting must have been a refreshing attitude for town officials.
    While annexation efforts often face stiff opposition from those who basically don’t want to pay extra taxes, that doesn’t seem to have become an issue in Hillsville expanding its town boundaries west of Interstate 77’s Exit 14.

  • Patriotism measured in values, not volume

    By Kevin Loftin of Galax

  • Money in the bank

    What difference does a year make?
    For Grayson County, it makes about a $5.2 million difference.
    After supervisors raised taxes in back-to-back years, Grayson citizens quickly found themselves moving from a county with one of the lowest tax rates in the state to around the middle of the pack.
    While the tax increases weren’t popular, at that time they were necessary to pull the county out of its financial crisis.

  • The best shelter begins with a caring community

    I’ve often heard people who have come to Galax, Grayson County or Carroll County remark that this area has the nicest people.
    So how have we gotten so out of touch with the sad reality of what is happening to our animals here?
    When did it become acceptable to kill animals because there were just too many?  When did we decide that animals have no value or purpose?
    How often do you pass by the animal shelter on your way to church — a place where many find their sense of a loving community?

  • Shelter policies need to change

    Mandy Price-Moin of Durham, N.C., is a Galax native who volunteers with animal rescue operations.

    Would you be upset if your family pet was put to death before you found it or someone else had a chance to adopt it?
    I know I would be. In fact, I’m furious because this is happening in my hometown at the Galax-Carroll-Grayson Regional Animal Shelter.

  • Electric rates reflect costs

    Charles Patton is president and chief operating officer of APCo

  • Not just a day off

    Amid the backyard barbecues and trips to the beach today, let us not forget the true meaning behind Memorial Day. It's not an excuse for a sale, or the official beginning of summer; nor is it just another day off from work.
    Celebrated since May 30, 1868, Memorial Day is a time to remember the men and women who have fought and died for our freedoms, in conflicts throughout history.

  • The way it should be

    People want relief from high fuel and power prices, so the news about energy efficiency grant is welcome.
    An Earth Day announcement of a $75,000 from the Appalachian Regional Commission should get things going in the right direction.
    That and $90,000 match of cash and in-kind contribution from partners will first concentrate on ideas for improving energy efficiency.
    After that, a second phase will produce alternative energy demonstration projects.
    This will include putting up solar panels at Matthews State Forest and wood-fired gasification.

  • Conservation easements can benefit taxpayers

    David G. Yolton is a land trust board member.

    In the New River Valley, we face a huge challenge:  How do we preserve the bounty of nature and our rich natural resources, the envy of many on this planet?
    The New River Land Trust is a non-profit organization committed to conserving farmland, forests, open spaces, and historic places in Virginia’s New River region, including the counties of Bland, Carroll, Giles, Floyd, Grayson, Montgomery, Pulaski, Wythe, and the cities of Galax and Radford.