Today's Opinions

  • Voice opinions about 'Bottle House'

    To all citizens of The Town of Hillsville:
    I am writing this letter for you to call or write your council member or mayor, expressing your opinion about the possible purchase of the “Bottle House” property.
    They don’t know unless you express your opinion.
    Nancy B. Beasley


  • Jewelry store thanks customers

    Roy's Diamond Center would like to thank all our customers and friends for making our 35th anniversary celebration a huge success.
    Thanks to all who came by to congratulate Roy. We also appreciate all the cards, flowers, cakes, pies, brownies, cupcakes, balloons and gifts.
    We loved each and every one of them.
    Roy Truitt and the Roy's Diamond Center Family

  • Experience the people, sights and music in Fries

    Former newspaper columnist Stephanie Blevins writes about her love of Fries.

  • Free medical clinic needs community's help

    By Toni Fowler of Galax

  • Don't contaminate drinking water

    Before contaminating the Independence public water supply with sodium fluoride, please, dear public, investigate the precautions and dangers associated with this very questionable substance. A bit of research will reveal that sodium fluoride, a by-product of the munitions industry after World War II, is a known toxin to humans. Its use in the public water supply has actually been linked to an increase in hip fractures and osteoporosis, cancers, and genetic damage. Sodium fluoride inhibits the enzyme systems in the body and damages the immune system.

  • Prepare students for future through STEM education

    Keith J. Peden is senior vice president of human resources and security for Raytheon Company

    It’s not that American kids start out less curious — they’re just not getting the kind of motivation they need. Local efforts, particularly in Carroll County, have focused on enhancing STEM education to prepare students for the future.

  • Fries needs new leadership

    The reason Fries is in a mess due to the lack of leadership, planning and downright greed.
    Fries is not a resort community. Fries is a wonderful place to live, with much to offer in the way of beauty and the kindness of citizens.
    I am not running for office. My concern is only for Fries and the people.
    A benefit paid for by citizens is garbage collection. Collection has been modified by town council to satisfy the wants of our garbage contractor.

  • May 1 election is crucial for Fries

    This letter concerns the Town of Fries town election on May 1.
    This is the most controversial and crucial election to ever occur in this town.
    The issues that concern citizens are: golf carts on streets, charging unnecessary excessive rates on water and sewer utility bills, unaffordable train station, possibility of raising real estate taxes.
    I have lived in Fries for 46 years, served on town council two terms and also as mayor.
    As far back as I can remember, Fries has been an affordable community to live and raise a family.