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Today's Opinions

  • America must begin building

    The notion that a builder (President-elect Donald Trump) could combine with spenders (Democrats and a smattering of Republicans) on a massive infrastructure push has seized Washington’s imagination.

    “Here’s how President-elect Trump could unify a bitterly divided America,” announced James B. Stewart in a New York Times column. By providing “well-paying jobs to many of the millions of disaffected workers who voted for him, and lift the economy, stock market and tax rolls.”

  • Democratic Party needs to remember working class

    I recently read the editorial “Webb’s Warning” in The Roanoke Times.
    The author of the piece discusses Jim Webb’s brief campaign for the Democratic nomination for president and his warning that the Democratic Party has inadvertently begun to ignore its traditional base of working class voters.
    Webb isn’t wrong.
    There is a sizable voting block in America that feels failed by both parties. These folks haven’t experienced the economic recovery that is taking shape in other parts of the country.

  • Slow down to shop small this holiday season

    I recently attended a Shop Local Kickoff event, featuring state and local proclamations highlighting the importance of shopping local brick and mortar retail stores. The event made me think about my holiday shopping.
    This year, I’m challenging myself to make local purchases and encourage everyone else to do the same. I say challenge because I get it – it’s often faster and less expensive to go online. But that route wastes our power to use our purchases to make a difference in our communities.

  • Community made Halloween Bash a success

    A big thank you is in order to all who helped make our Halloween bash a huge success in 2016!
    The Galax Downtown Association extends its gratitude to sponsors, businesses, organizations and individuals who donated candy, food, drinks, money and time.
    Without your contributions, this event would not have been a success.  We also deeply appreciate the efforts of all our volunteers.

  • Registrar thanks election officials for helping voters

    To the officers of election in Grayson County, thank you so much for all your careful work and patience during the presidential election!
    We sincerely appreciate your effort to give each and every voter a good experience on Nov. 8.
    Many of you had long, long lines of anxious neighbors in addition to some uncooperative voting machines but you helped create confidence and security. It was such a long day, but you kept the voters informed and happy.
    We all are a team in the election process and we couldn’t do it without you. Our hats off to you!

  • Reasons for the Electoral College

    Every four years, American news is dominated by the presidential election. Pundits and analysts play up the drama, predict the outcome of the Electoral College, and endlessly analyze the results. Since the Republican candidate won the election, yet lost the popular vote by less than one percent, speculation has started on the purpose of the Electoral College.

  • Amercans' top job: bring country together again

    The well-worn conventional wisdom in America right now goes something like this: We’ve never been this politically divided.

    Nihilists and pundits will tell us that we’re so set in our rightish or leftish ways that Congress’s dysfunction is a result of the people’s philosophical rigidity. It’s a neat way of blaming citizens for the faults of their leaders.

    It’s all nonsense, of course.

  • Questions about real estate taxes in Grayson

    I have been a landowner and taxpayer in Grayson for some 40 years.
    Initially, real estate tax was paid once a year. As assessments skyrocketed, so did the real tax. After a lot of complaining to the supervisors, Grayson tax payments were changed to twice a year.
    Glory Be!  How responsive were our appointed officials.
    But it didn’t last long because the county ran out of money (poor fiscal management!) the second half of the year and had to borrow and pay interest to get by.