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Today's Opinions

  • Local government officials call for end to Hotline

    Editor’s note: This letter was signed by the mayor and city manager of Galax, and the supervisors’ chairmen and county administrators for Carroll and Grayson counties. The original letter of 491 words was reduced to meet the 350-word limit policy for letters to the editor.

  • Hotline imperfect, but a platform for conversation

    I am writing about the recent Hotline controversy.
    Whether you like it or not, it sells papers. The trashy tabloids in the grocery stores make a lot of money, too.
    There are 24-hour news channels dedicated to misinformation and half-truths, also.
    In this day and age of social media, anybody can say anything. At least the citizens of the U.S. have the right to free speech, no matter how ignorant they may be.

  • Police body cameras prevent mistreatment

    The massive public reaction to the tragic deaths of three black teens at the hand of white police officers has led to a national call for use of body cameras to record and prevent any future mistreatment of suspects.
    There is ample precedent. Animal protection activists have used body cameras to document egregious atrocities and safety violations by workers in the meat, dairy, and egg industries.
    The resulting videos have led to a number of corrective actions, as well as felony convictions, meat recalls, and even a $500 million civil settlement.

  • Recourse needed when official channels fail

    I would like to make reference to the letter from local government officials calling for an end to the Hotline.
    We are not in favor of the trash fee instituted in of 2003, as when we moved here 1999, this was included in the regular real estate tax.
    We consider this fee double taxation. However we pay it and pay in advance so as it will not appear on the real estate tax bill, which goes to our mortgage lender.
    We are sure that there are other taxpayers in the same situation. Therein lies the problem.

  • Church thanks community for years of assistance

    We regret to inform the public that we recently closed the Adventist Clothing Center after serving the Twin County area for many years.
    We express our sincere appreciation to the many individuals and businesses for their donations of clothing and household items so we could help those in need.
    We also thank all the volunteers who gave many hours of their time to process the donations and assist clients as they came to us for help.

  • Theater Guild pianist Nuckolls remembered

    Eleanor Payne Nuckolls was a wonderful person and pianist who always helped with the Galax Theater Guild musical productions.
    We regret and commemorate her passing last week, but know she will rejoice in heavenly choirs.
    She was diligent, professional and passionate in rehearsals and brilliant in performance. She never missed a rehearsal and always inspired others.
    She played for “Music Man,” “South Pacific,” “Hello Dolly,” “The Sound of Music,” “Guys and Dolls,” “Oklahoma” and others.

  • Public comment crucial to democratic process

    I write this to publicly thank the news and editorial staff of your paper for your response to the letter to the editor by local elected officials in the Dec. 8 edition.
    While I am and shall remain an advocate for any and all opinion, the letter submitted by these generically identified “public servants” was way off base.
    It showed, as well, an increasingly troubling tendency on the part of these “public servants.” A tendency to pay mere lip service to public examination and comment about social and political topics and trends.

  • Hotline creates negative, divisive atmosphere

    Over the generations in our mountain communities, we have learned to get along with people of differing opinions by being civil to one another.  This enabled us to build relationships with our neighbors with more in common with each other and fewer differences.  
    Your Hotline feature increasingly creates a very negative and divisive influence on our community. Lately your callers seem more angry and ill-informed than usual and the intolerant, judgmental religious attitudes are especially shocking.