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Today's Opinions

  • Flag Has Multiple Meanings

    When a young woman designed a dress bearing a rebel flag and wore it to the high school prom in Galax last month, it's doubtful that she expected the dance to last this long.

    But here we are, a month later, still waltzing in circles to a familiar refrain about the meaning and symbolism of the Confederate flag.

    Is it flown by those who wish to honor their ancestors for service and sacrifice to an ideal and standing up to federal authority?

    Is it a symbol of racial intolerance, flown by hate groups to intimidate and remind blacks of the days of slavery?

  • Honor them before it's too late

    These past two weeks — bookended by the dedication of a veterans' monument in Galax on Memorial Day and the 65th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of World War II on June 6 — have reminded us all of the debt we owe the men and women of our armed forces, especially those who served in the second world war.

    More than six decades later, a great deal of the world is free due to the actions of World War II veterans.

  • Letters to the Editor for 6/15/09

    Teacher thanked for dedication

    Recently we had the privilege to work with Judy Moser, physical education teacher and librarian at Mount Rogers Combined School, as a team of chaperones for the “Mountain to the Bay” field trip to Tangier Island Combined School.

    Ms. Moser has been an active, dedicated teacher and tennis coach in Grayson County Public Schools for 28 years.

    Her most recent endeavor was a trip of a lifetime for students at Mount Rogers Combined School.

  • The Decal Dilemma

    Though the idea is picking up steam and sweeping its way throughout the Commonwealth, Grayson County has scraped the idea of removing county decals from residents' windows.

    The board was fortunate enough to have a neighbor to poke for answers in the City of Galax.

    Galax removed the decals last year and city leaders have since said it was a move they should not have made.

    With the sharp decrease in revenue, Galax advised against other localities doing the same.

  • Letters to the Editor for 5/25/09

    'Junk' not what it seems

    In response to the May 18, “Junkyard ruining Cana,” by definition, entrepreneur means, “a person who organizes and manages any enterprise, esp. a business, usually with considerable initiative and risk.”

    The junkyard in Cana has been in business since 1986. As the sign near the state line indicates, “Entering Virginia’s Entrepreneurial Region,” that is just what owners of the junkyard are, entrepreneurs.

  • What A Relief

    Helping the elderly — especially those on fixed incomes — is something to be commended, even as Grayson County leaders prepare to ask taxpayers to sacrifice more to pay the bills.

    Grayson supervisors are looking to increase the personal property and real estate tax rates, raise the cost of county decals and begin charging a fee for garbage collection, but they are concerned about the elderly.

  • Letters to the Editor for 6/1/09

    Flag a symbol of rebellion

    The Confederate flag is not a symbol of hate. But there are people who will always view it as a sign of hatred and bigotry.

    The flag no longer means the enforcement of slavery. The Confederate flag is still a symbol of Southern pride.

    Ask anyone who has this symbol, and they’ll most likely tell you it has something to do with “Southern pride.”

  • Letters to the Editor for 6/8/09

    Faith dog an example for Christians

    Guest Editorial

    The church is the most influential institution in the world. Psalm 122:1 states, “I was glad when they said unto me; let us go unto the house of the Lord.”

    A sensible person turns to the church in the hour of need.

    You need to come to church and bring someone with you. I was brought up in the church. There was never any doubt when the church door was open where I would be.