• Chickens are suffering for egg production

    McDonald’s pledge last week to start using cage-free eggs is only a small step in preventing staggering suffering endured by millions of birds.
    Hatcheries that annually supply 200 million female hens for U.S. egg production, including cage-free, also kill the same number of male chicks at birth by grinding them up alive in industrial macerators or suffocating them slowly in plastic garbage bags.
    The female laying hens endure a lifetime of misery, crammed with fix to six others, in small wire-mesh cages that cut into their feet and tear out their feathers.

  • Southerners should be proud of heritage

    “People who do not look back to their ancestors will not look forward to their posterity.” — Edmond Burke
    Be proud of your Southern heritage and history. Our ancestors had the courage to stand up to Northern aggression and oppression. They fought and died for their home, families and principles. We need to honor them for their sacrifice.
    The South was not victorious at the end of the War Between the States (a very bad and unnecessary war) but we did not lose our dignity, sense of justice, nor our love for our country.

  • Nursing home seeks the gift of volunteer fellowship

    It’s hard to believe that we are already looking forward to Christmas… and speaking of the holidays, we see an influx of family members and church groups and volunteers in the month of December at our local nursing home. It seems like the holidays just bring out a generous Christian spirit in people.

  • V.A. hospital in Salem treats vets with respect

    Thoughts for Veterans Day:
    I’ve been driving a friend to the Veterans Administration Hospital and clinics in Salem for the last year or so, and this is one V.A. outfit that deserves nothing but praise and gratitude.
    Clinics are crowded with vets from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf, Iraq, Afghanistan, and yet it’s a peaceful place — open and airy, with plenty of places for a tired person to sit down. Signs are big and easy to read; directions are plain and simple.

  • Writer appreciates quality medical care

    I just want to take the opportunity to thank everyone who was involved with my July 8, 2015 hip replacement surgery, including Dr. Paul Liebrecht and his staff, the hospital staff, and my in-home recovery providers.
    Everyone who helped me did a great job and was very professional and caring.
    Believe me, this area is most fortunate to have such first rate medical services, and I feel thankful to have experienced such competent care. I am truly impressed with the quality of care that was available from day one and throughout my recovery.

  • Fire department thanks community for donations

    The Independence Volunteer Fire Department would like to thank all of those who helped out with the “Big Moes” barbecue sale. Five-hundred pounds of pork barbecue was sold in seven hours during the event at the Independence Town Park. The cooking process started in the wee hours of the night to ensure a great product.

  • Police doing great job in Twin Counties

    I have lived in Galax since 1995, and have driven in Galax almost every day.
    I have great respect for the law enforcement. I never had a ticket from either Galax or Carroll County or Grayson County.
    I think all the above are doing a great job.
    Jimmy Shrader

  • Show unity on Friday in support of local police

    To participate in the “Still United 2015” movement, meet at noon on Sept. 11 at your local police station to support the officers who protect your community.
    “It is time for the silent majority in this country to respect law enforcement,” said Harris County (Texas) District Attorney Devon Anderson. “There are a few bad apples in every profession. That does not mean that there should be open warfare declared on law enforcement…

  • Welcome to America, please ignore the bigots

    I was horrified and saddened by the letter by Bud Cox blaming “Mexicans and these politicians” for failures and problems in our schools.
    The only good thing I can say to you, Mr. Cox, is that you had the courage to sign your name.
    You seem to think that all Latinos come from Mexico, which is certainly not the case. And although you blame people from only one country, I can’t help but think you are lumping everyone into the same bucket.
    Do you have an atlas? Look at all the other countries south of the border.

  • Writer supports Bernie Sanders for president

    We encourage the citizens of Southwest Virginia to support Bernie Sanders for president. For the first time in years, we have the chance to vote for a candidate whose track record shows he will represent the ordinary citizens and working people of this country instead of big money and corporate interests.
    Bernie wants to do the following for us:
    • Invest $1 trillion over five years to modernize our infrastructure, creating at least 13 million good-paying jobs