Today's Opinions

  • Educational experiment working in Galax

    “It takes a village to raise a child,” a phrase that first popped up in the ‘90s and is attributed to African folk wisdom, means that a child’s development is shaped not merely within the four walls of home, but from the entire social ecosystem of a tribe, a nation, a people.

    A strong, nurturing one will, in time, make a strong, grounded citizen of the child.

  • Healthcare enrollment time again


    By Jon Applebaum, CEO, Twin County Regional Healthcare

    Two years ago, the Health Insurance Marketplaces, a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, opened for the first time.

    Since then, an estimated 10.2 million Americans have enrolled for healthcare coverage through the online marketplace, which allows people to browse coverage options, compare plans and purchase health insurance that meets their individual needs.

  • Be careful mixing religion, government

    My deepest gratitude to Galax City Council members Robert Lazo and John Garner for voting against putting a religious message on police vehicles.
    Given the vitriol heaped on them in the Readers’ Hotline, it required a lot of courage.
    To those who clamor to put God in our government, schools, football games, etc., I would remind you that Jesus never advocated mingling religious beliefs and government.

  • Veterans Day service was uplifting, inspiring

    Grayson VFW Post 7726 publicly thanks Pastor David Osborne and members of Mountain View Baptist Church for their kind invitation to the special Veterans Day church service held Nov. 8.
    Pastor Osborne’s service was both inspiring and uplifting. We also want to thank the church congregation for the wonderful meal they provided to the attending veterans.

  • Goad thanks Carroll citizens for votes

    I sincerely thank all citizens, my family, and friends for your tremendous support as the new circuit court clerk-elect for Carroll County.
    It is with great honor that I am blessed with the opportunity to serve my home county in this important public service role in representing all citizens.
    I want to say that it was one of the cleanest, hard-fought races I have ever seen in a local election and want to thank all other candidates and their families: Phil Hawks, Jay McCraw, James Alderman, and Barbara Fadden.

  • Hawks congratulates opponent on win

    I extend my congratulations to Gerald Goad for becoming clerk-elect for Carroll County Circuit Court.
    I thank the citizens of Carroll County for their participation in the political process and selecting their candidates of choice to represent them in local, state and national government.
    I extend my appreciation toward the Twin County Regional Chamber of Commerce for its involvement in the local races. Its devotion to informing citizens of the Twin Counties about candidates who wish to represent them is to be commended.

  • Bar association ad was political smear

    In his post-election public statement, Robert Williams is gracious in conceding his election loss for Grayson County Circuit Court clerk.
    This is despite a paid negative ad placed by the Galax-Grayson Bar Association which, in my opinion, flagrantly maligned Williams’ personal qualifications and misrepresented both the intent and the content of his offer to serve Grayson citizens in elective office.

  • Election, voter turnout were encouraging

    As a participant in our local political process off and on for 29 years, this current cycle proved to be the most amicable and flexible.
    What particularly impressed me, and many others, was a drift away from party loyalty and towards voting for the person perceived to be best qualified.
    Each voter got behind their choice without traditional pressures. Our community is better for it.