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Today's Opinions

  • Letters to the Editor for 7/13/09

    Nursing home staff praised

    I would like to take this opportunity to let everyone know what good people are employed at Waddell Nursing Home and Rehab in Galax.

    Our mother and dad were both at Waddell for almost three years. While there, both received above-average care.

    All the nurses, CNAs and everyone involved went out of their way to provide the special care our parents required while they were at the nursing home.

  • Teamwork Pays Off

    Cooperation between law enforcement led to 742 fugitives being taken off the streets in the Western District of Virginia, making the area safer for us all.

    That cooperation obviously paid off, so why don't local, state and federal authorities work together more often?

    Three of our local police departments joined forces with various other agencies under the direction of the U.S. Marshal Service for a month-long fugitive apprehension effort last month.

  • Letters to the Editor for 6/29/09

    Festival was a let-down

    For many years I have been coming up from Florida to the joyful Galax Leaf & String Festival.

    This year the music was very much reduced, making it less attractive for visitors.

    Also, it was strange to have unknown groups on the stage while top ones like Whitetop Mountain Band and Slate Mountain Ramblers had to play in the street. It must have been insulting to them.

    I sure hope it will be better next year. I love Galax and old-time music!

    Jack Shaver

    Hollywood, Fla.

  • Upsides & Downsides

    In politics, the two sides in a debate take the same information and make it look as good or as bad as possible in an effort to convince others that only their view is right.

    When considering the growing debt held by the Carroll County Public Service Authority, there's certainly room for debate.

    The upsides include possible economic development, growth and jobs. The only downside appear to be the cost.

  • Letters to the Editor for 7/6/09

    Trash service worth price

    This letter is in response to the June 24 Hotline comment, “Defending Our Junk.”

    I grew up in Grayson County, and have returned here after being away for 45 years. I love the area and my home, but the Hotline comments frequently make me question the wisdom of my

    decision to retire here.

    “Moving back to where I came from” isn’t an option for me or most newcomers to our area. If we left, this is what would happen:

  • Trash fee more fair now

    The purpose of local government and public hearings is to give all tax-paying citizens a chance to voice their opinions and concerns.

    Recently, Grayson County held a public hearing to receive comments on a controversial proposed trash collection fee.

    More than 40 people packed the board room, and 21 of them stepped to the podium to express their problems with the fee.

    While some ideas were far-fetched — such as raising the tax levy even more and removing the fee all together — others were valid.

  • Letters to the Editor for 6/22/09

    Sheriff supports church's efforts

    The Blue Ridge Fellowship has been distributing posters throughout the area to advise everyone that beginning June 13, they would provide a place to cruise and park for the young people of this area (ages 13-20 only).

    This program, designated as Cruisin’, will provide free food, fun and music from 7 to 10 p.m. in a safe, supervised environment at its location at 5357 Glendale Road, Woodlawn.

  • Second Chances

    Our legal system is based on the idea that a person convicted of a crime can be rehabilitated after accepting their punishment and paying their debt, but as a society we are sometimes reluctant to allow that punishment to end when the sentence expires.

    Some Hillsville Fire Department volunteers are threatening to walk away from the agency now that a suspended member has been reinstated. Roger Hawthorne is back on call after pleading guilty to an embezzlement charge unrelated to the fire department.