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Today's Opinions

  • 2016 EDITORIAL AWARDS

    Finding the funny in a year like 2016 was no easy task.

    We lost pop culture icons, endured putrid politics and, locally, suffered through some horrible events.

    The year-end awards editorial is usually a roast of those people and news stories that made us chuckle — Seriously, all those previous award editorials were supposed to be funny. No, really! — but it was a daunting effort this year.

  • Success takes more than leadership; it takes teamwork

    The most memorable part of 2016 (now matter how hard we try to forget) was the highly publicized and at many times, controversial, presidential election. While the results brought about equal parts celebration and panic, we can’t deny that politics on a local level in Grayson County did a better job of bringing people together — even in times of opposition and tragedy.

  • Republicans could dismantle social insurance programs

    During his campaign, Donald Trump promised to protect Medicare and Social Security, but we are quickly seeing an administration rushing to dismantle the great social insurance programs that have protected Americans from dire poverty for decades.

    Only a day after the election, Speaker Paul Ryan resurrected his plan to replace Medicare with a voucher program allowing seniors to buy private health insurance.

  • Firefighters commended for a job well done

    In the afternoon on New Year’s Day, a neighbor on my road ignited a large brush pile on his property.

    Even though it was drizzling rain, it soon started to burn out of control. He did everything he could to keep it under control but it sent hot embers onto our house and deck.

    He immediately called Galax Volunteer Fire Department. They quickly responded and soon had it under control.

    I commend the fire department and what a great job they did.

    Thank you, Galax Volunteer Fire Department!

    Curtis Mooney

  • Concert an example of music as a vital part of learning

    Well, if you can’t have bragging rights as a grandparent or parent, when can you!

    The Dec. 11 concert by the Grayson County combined concert groups was fantastic.

    It is an example of what can be done to develop youngsters in so many ways, while building their self-confidence and self-esteem, and learning about working together as a team, to create fun and diverse pieces and works of art.

    Sports receive the most moneyed and media attention, but music is a vital part of learning, and just as important.

  • Resolve to give up eating meat

    The coming New Year’s resolution should be obvious, particularly when it comes to diet: 2017 will go down in history as the year when plant-based meats have revolutionized the food industry.
    A dozen start-ups, led by Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods, are creating plant-based burgers and other meats that are more delicious, convenient, and healthy than the old-fashioned animal-based variety.
    They are backed by tech industry pioneers like Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Google principals Sergey Brin and Eric Schmidt, and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel.

  • Winners don’t whine. They accept defeat with grace

    It’s been nine years since my daughter played her last varsity field hockey game. That means it’s been nearly a decade since I delivered my final stop-complaining-you-lost speech to her and whichever of her teammates were griping from my backseat.

    The girls won plenty of games. And when they did, there was no happier or more gracious crew. But when they lost, the vanquished players inevitably erupted in a Greek chorus of excuse-making.

    The other team cheated.

    The refs were biased.

    Their best player had cramps.

  • Community appreciates law enforcement

    Part of my job as a police chief is to review the activities of the Galax Police Department on a daily basis. As I have for the past 15 years, I recently started a comparison of 2015 to the past two years.
    On a nationwide basis, the public approval of the police profession has suffered through troubling times, and has declined over the past 10 years. It has become increasingly difficult to attract young people to seek a career as a police officer.
    It has been significantly different for members of the Galax Police Department.