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Today's Opinions

  • A local 'bailout' plan

    We've heard a lot lately about corporations and financial institutions seeking federal government handouts to keep from going bankrupt. It's a plan that leaves a bad taste, but here's something more appetizing to consider.

    Corporate giants aren't the only ones in need of a "bailout." There are dozens of smaller local companies and businesses struggling in this economy, and they don't have a government plan to back them up.

    All they have is us.

  • Letter to the Editor for 12/1/08

    Humane Society appreciates help

    Twin County Humane Society would like to express its gratitude to The Hardware Company and everyone that helped make its first Pancake Breakfast for Man’s Best Friends a huge success.

    It is because of caring animal lovers that we are able to continue to provide assistance to pet lovers in the Carroll, Grayson and Galax areas.

    The money raised will help to fund spay/neuter assistance, school and community education programs and adoption services.

  • Policing The Budget

    In economic times like these, it's understandable to be tight with your money. A fiscally responsible government should be tight, too.

    But, that should only apply when a locality is tightening its own purse strings.

    Recently, Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan approached the board of supervisors asking for money to be transferred from the Special Law Enforcement Fund to a few line items in his budget.

  • Long Time Coming

    Chestnut Creek School of the Arts may have had a slow start after a two-year delay, but now that the paperwork and ideas have come together, the art school will take off fast.

    The City of Galax has been pushing the process along as quickly as possible. This year, the city chose its director and associate director. CCSA finally came into the public eye, as various art classes have been hosted during festivals and throughout the year.  And most recently, the city has finally chosen South End Construction to begin the renovation by the end of this year.

  • Letters to the Editor for 11/24/08

    Writer criticizes Boucher

    It is time to congratulate Rep. Rick Boucher for yet another re-election.

    Although he ran unopposed, Mr. Boucher raised $1.6 million and reportedly spent $1 million on his “campaign.” Lobbyists contributed $60,000 to him and political action committees contributed over $1.1 million. He retains $1.3 million in his reelection war chest.

  • Letters to the Editor for 11/17/08

    Sutherland thanks supporters

    I would like to thank the voters of the Elk Creek District for your vote of confidence.

    I would also like to thank the many others who supported me in various ways.

    I am excited about being given the opportunity to give back to my community and Grayson County as a whole.

    My pledge to you is that I will work to the best of my ability for each of you as a member of the Grayson County Board of Supervisors team.

    Brenda R. Sutherland,

    Supervisor-elect

    Elk Creek District

  • A generous gesture

    After a long search for a site to create a visitors' center for Galax, the city has been given the perfect building in a surprise move by a philanthropic downtown property owner.

    Johnny Parsons has provided the ideal spot for a visitors' center in his donation of his former law office at the corner of East Grayson Street and Rex Lane.

  • Letters to the Editor for 11/10/08

    Avoiding crash was a miracle

    A short while back, I bought a new motorcycle. I’ve enjoyed riding to no end and take advantage of every opportunity.

    Last Sunday afternoon was the perfect evening to ride and enjoy the beautiful trees and just relax.

    After riding to Mount Airy, I decided to head home. I maintained a speed of 55 mph down Pipers Gap Road.

    When I passed Oakland School and approached Elkhorn Road on the right, I noticed a truck at the stop sign.