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Today's Opinions

  • Revenue Up In Smoke

    It was encouraging to see Republican and Democratic lawmakers in the General Assembly clear the air between them and compromise on a ban on smoking in restaurants and bars.

    What for so long was denounced as a challenge to personal choice and a detriment to businesses was finally seen for what it really is — a public health issue. Choosing to smoke is a personal choice, but doing it in a confined space can infringe on others' rights to be healthy and smoke-free.

  • Proactive Police Force

    Galax Police Chief Rick Clark opened his annual crime report to city council last Monday by first noting that he was accused by a caller in The Gazette's Reader Hotline for being oblivious to some forms of crime that happen in Galax.

    But instead of knocking the Galax Police Department, we should take the time to praise the officers for being proactive and for stepping into harm's way for their fellow citizens.

    The department is not just watching crime happen. It is doing something about it.

  • HOW TO SUBMIT A LETTER TO THE EDITOR

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    The Gazette reserves its editorial page for the exchange of ideas and opinions. Letters to the editor are welcomed. Certain guidelines apply. The Gazette reserves its editorial page for the exchange of ideas and opinions. Letters to the editor are welcomed. Certain guidelines apply.

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    • Letters that are photocopies should bear an original signature that is not copied.

  • The Art of Recovery

    It’s sad news that the economic plague is beginning to take its toll on the area, most recently eliminating Goody’s Family Clothing.

    Despite all the gloom and doom, the City of Galax continues to stay focused on finding other sources of revenue for itself and seeking “creative” forms of employment for others.

    And it is encouraging that economic projects, such as the construction of Chestnut Creek School of the Arts, clearly has the support of the community, as well as artisans from as far as Raleigh, N.C.

  • Letters to the Editor for 2/2/09

    Spirit Harbor permit should be denied

    The special use permit requested by Spirit Harbor LLC, should not be approved.

    If one looks critically at the plan submitted by the developers, several concerns are clearly evident.

    The first few pages of the proposal are a description of the business and marketing plans. The discussion of the business plan is very limited, and seems to be based more on wishful thinking than sound business planning and marketing analysis.

  • Be Vigilant

    Most people just aren't equipped to think extraordinary dangers are present in their everyday lives, but firefighters are.

    When called upon they face down the flames, and these emergency responders know the importance of prevention and preparation.

    Some elements of prevention are so simple, so mundane, their great importance can easily slip a civilian's mind.

  • Letter to the Editor for 1/26/09

    Time to get things done in America

    2009 begins with a new president, new Congress and an alleged attitude of bipartisanship and a new way government does things.

    But, sad to say, the oddballs, the weak links and dumb butts of 2008 spill into the new year.

    President Obama proposed spending of some $825 billion dollars to jumpstart the economy. The GOP leadership balks.

  • Letters to the Editor for 1/19/09

    Yes, Jesus judged — and so can I

    There are two subjects I’d like to address.

    Responding to Patrick Butler’s Jan. 12 letter, is my Bible the only one that contains Matthew 21: 12-13 and Mark 11: 15-17, where Jesus went on a rampage and drove all the money changers out of the Temple?

    Is my Bible the only one that contains Matthew 12:34 and 23:33 where Jesus vehemently calls the Pharisees snakes?