Today's Opinions

  • Community-supported acriculture explained

    In response to the Readers’ Hotline caller who had questions about paying a farmer upfront for unknown quantities of various vegetables throughout the season, I want to explain this completely different model of local food production.
    As gas prices rise, food shipped in from huge industrial farms in California or Chile will become more and more expensive.
    We need to return to the days when lots of food was raised locally by small farmers and kitchen gardens.

  • No authority over Allen House

    Regarding a Readers’ Hotline comment published May 9, the home and properties of Sidna Allen were confiscated by the State of Virginia in 1912 to hold pending the outcome of three wrongful death lawsuits filed by descendants of the deceased judge, sheriff and commonwealth’s attorney.
    It was sold at auction and bought by Mr. Allen’s two defense attorneys as an investment. Since then it has changed hands several times and is currently still privately owned.

  • Don't steal from the dead

    I had a friend to fix my Papa’s grave at Midway Baptist church on a Monday. I went Friday to say hi and visit Papa.
    His grave looked like the city dump. All the flowers, angels, the American flag — all was gone.
    Trash was thrown upon Papa’s grave. Everything I bought for Papa, my friend took and my Mom fixed was moved to an American soldier killed a while back.
    Papa was 84 years old, raised kids and served our country by joining the armed forces.

  • Welcomed to Galax

    I recently moved to this community. A victim of a violet crime, I was craving a safe, comfortable place to live.
    I was completely surprised and so happy when all of you welcomed me with such open arms.
    There are many to thank by name. I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
    I often tell friends back home how great it is to live here.
    Thanks again.
    Yvette Verger

  • Battle over tax rates rages on in Grayson

    History has a nasty way of repeating itself, particularly when rulers forget their country’s history.Take, for example, a little-known event that happened just down the road, south of Burlington, N.C. — May 1771, the Battle of Alamance.
    Then-Gov. Tryon thought the king’s tax rates much too low and raised them to outrageous levels that the poor common man couldn’t possibly hope to meet.
    Land was seized, and people were thrown off their land when they couldn’t pay the taxes.

  • Rates hike a pain to town

    To Hillsville citizens,
    As you probably have heard and read, the Town of Hillsville is having to propose a substantial increase in water and sewer fees due primarily to the loss of the [Carroll Public Service Authority] water purchases and sewer flow from the Interstate 77 interchange.

  • Bartlett won't seek Oldtown seat



    I wish to inform all my friends and supporters in Grayson County and particularly those in the Oldtown Voting District that I will not seek reelection as the Oldtown District Supervisor in the upcoming election in November 2011.

  • The way it should be

    People want relief from high fuel and power prices, so the news about energy efficiency grant is welcome.
    An Earth Day announcement of a $75,000 from the Appalachian Regional Commission should get things going in the right direction.
    That and $90,000 match of cash and in-kind contribution from partners will first concentrate on ideas for improving energy efficiency.
    After that, a second phase will produce alternative energy demonstration projects.
    This will include putting up solar panels at Matthews State Forest and wood-fired gasification.