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Today's Opinions

  • Case against chief should be dismissed

    Regarding “Chief headed to court for threat charge,” published April 3 by The Gazette, the real loser in any court case will be public confidence in our law enforcement officials.
    Absent a good reason, it is standard police practice to notify local law enforcement when making an arrest in their jurisdiction.
    This is common courtesy, and it avoids cases of mistaken identity, particularly where cops are out of uniform.

  • Thrift shop changes unwelcome

    I went to Willing Partners in Galax and was appalled at the so-called improvements.
    Gone was the wall of pictures, gone were all the wooden shelves, lamps and other home decor. Gone are all the craft items, pillows, blankets and sheets.
    One of the most enjoyable aspects of going to a thrift store is hunting through tons of stuff to find that one little hidden gem.
    Just because it’s someone else’s unwanted item doesn’t mean it belongs in the trash. There’s nothing much left at all.

  • Strength in numbers

    They say that it takes a village to raise a child, so perhaps it takes an entire region to care for the smaller communities within it.
    The announcement last week of Twin County United Way’s merger with United Way Virginia Highlands came with a lot of positivity — along with many questions about what happens next.
    What changes are going to be made?
    Where will the funding go?

  • NRA needs to search its soul

    America leads the world in mass murders and prolific gun violence.
    This is a national nightmare and an international disgrace. How did this happen?
    Let us follow the money. Our gun manufacturers and retailers were interested in the volume of sales.
    They “hired” Wayne LaPierre and the National Rifle Association as a shield to deflect criticism of their irresponsibility in producing a deadly product without proper regulation.

  • Class taught understanding of faiths

    I wish to address a recent Readers’ Hotline comment regarding The Oracle Institute’s last class: “Introduction to Islam.”
    The caller was concerned that a class on history of the Muslim faith and the Prophet Muhammad might in some way “mix the minds of our young people or anybody else.” Sadly, this is not the first time Oracle has encountered such a limited and bigoted mindset.

  • A squad's proud legacy

    For several months, it appeared that Hillsville Rescue Squad's legacy would be one of controversy and ill will, after town officials began questioning the need for its continued existence since it had essentially disbanded.
    There were accusations and finger-pointing about funds, personnel issues, inappropriate use of vehicles, the sale of a squad building and equipment. All that negativity threatened to overshadow the good that the volunteer organization had done over the years.

  • Coach thankful for support

    The support shown to the Carroll County High School boy’s basketball team this year by the students, parents, school officials, and our community was overwhelming and exciting.
    The emotions felt by the team were unbelievable when the gym was full an hour before we were to play in the regional championship.  
    There are so many people to thank for their support.

  • Family thanks community for help

    We want to thank everyone who has shown support through this extremely difficult time. The support has shown us the true meaning of friendship and community.
    Thanks to all (some who we did not know personally) who sent cards, called, and stopped by to visit.
    Thanks to Pete Harris and Pamela Holland for hosting the benefit dinner and auction. Pete Harris auctioneered and donated many of the items offered.