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Today's Opinions

  • Fries: a tourist destination

    It was announced last week that the Town of Fries was successful in obtaining a $1 million grant to build a new 10,000-square-foot fire department.

    This is very welcome news for the small town, and shows promise that its master plan could be moving forward.

    Ever since the old Washington Mills left the former cotton mill town, Fries has been attempting to revitalize its downtown sector and make it appealing for prospective developers.

  • Letters to the Editor 9/7/09

    Parkway celebration to begin

    The Blue Ridge Parkway will celebrate 75 years in September 2010.

    At the 50th anniversary celebration in 1985, more than 6,000 people attended festivities at Cumberland Knob near Galax.

    Parkway officials expect double that number for the 75th anniversary celebration to be held at the Blue Ridge Music Center and Cumberland Knob on Sept. 10-11, 2010.

    A year-long schedule of events will lead up to the grand celebration in 2010, with the first occurring right here in Galax.

  • Letters to the Editor for 9/14/09

    Healthcare answers insufficient

    In rebuttal to the Aug. 21 story, U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher did not sound skeptical of the government option for health care to my wife and I.

    We were at the meeting at New River Community College [that was referenced in the story] and we listened to his answers.

    The first person to ask a question wanted to know where was wording in the Constitution that would allow the national government to be involved in health care?

  • Hard Work Pays Off

    The just-announced public utilities for Fancy Gap took two things — a honking big hunk of $8 million in stimulus funds from the federal government and the persistence of the people.

    The everyday folks, who knew there was a need to promote development, asked for help. When the answer wasn't forthcoming, they asked again.

  • Eye of the Beholder

    A bold mural being painted on front of the Jeff Matthews Museum has caused an uproar among Galax residents, city staff and the museum's board of directors.

    The mural, started last month, remains unfinished until the Galax Planning Commission decides if artists David and Brigette Payseur should continue the painting.

    However, since the mural has gone up, it has attracted attention from many tourists, as well as locals, who never knew the museum even existed.

  • Letters to the Editor for 8/31/09

    Waddell has high rating

    This is in regard to newspaper accounts of alleged abuse at Waddell Nursing and Rehab Center.

    I’m confident that your reporting accurately represented the facts as alleged. However, your article in terms of what it didn’t say, unintentionally did a serious disservice to the facility, employees and residents.

  • Letters to the Editor for 8/17/09

    Officials deserve thanks

    The Carroll County administrator and board of supervisors are well deserving of the encouragement of citizens of Carroll County.

    In the past year this board and our administrator have taken Carroll County in such a positive direction.

    We no longer pick up our newspaper to read about an argument or personal vendetta between board members.

    We have progress for Carroll County like there has not been in so many, many years. As a citizen I believe Carroll County has a great future.

  • A health care debate at the top of our lungs.

    For decades now, the congressional debate over health care has been so distorted by politics and money that it has been worse than useless — it has been an active impediment to reform of a broken system that is too expensive, serves too few and rations care based on insurance company caprice.

    If the conversation on Capitol Hill has been a national disgrace, what is going on in local meetings all over the country is more disturbing.