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Today's Opinions

  • Grayson: earn 'Protector of Nature' title

    Raising taxes 44 percent when many, if not most, of Grayson County's citizens are already struggling to make ends meet, is crazy.
    It looks like our board of supervisors is best at making bad decisions. They're selling out their own neighbors.
    When farmers can't pay their taxes, they'll lose their land.  And who'll benefit? Housing developers, Christmas tree operations and other deal-makers.

  • BBQ contest hailed as one of the best

    Our first visit to the Galax area was for Galax’s Smoke on the Mountain 2010.
    From the Twin County Chamber of Commerce to the Interact students, you have an awesome group of volunteers.
    Each year, Smoke on the Mountain sends out new ambassadors into the barbecue contest circuit, singing the praises of Galax, its beautiful settings and wonderful people.
    This is one of the best-organized events on the Memphis Barbecue Network circuit and we look forward to seeing you all next year.
    Randy and Cathy McGee

  • Save our forests

    While taking a leisurely drive a few days ago, I realized there were fewer trees than I once remembered.
    I passed many fields of new apartment buildings that used to be a beautiful forest. I found it somewhat embarrassing to know that what we are known for, our beautiful forest covered mountains, are disappearing.

  • Save our forests

    While taking a leisurely drive a few days ago, I realized there were fewer trees than I once remembered.
    I passed many fields of new apartment buildings that used to be a beautiful forest. I found it somewhat embarrassing to know that what we are known for, our beautiful forest covered mountains, are disappearing.

  • Don't wait for rescue

    Calls to the Hotline regarding the job situation in the Twin County area slay me.
    We seem to have a sizeable part of our citizenry who sit on their duffs waiting for someone else to “rescue” them by coming into this area and “giving” them jobs.
    The adage, “God helps those who help themselves,” comes to mind here.

  • Find balance in Fries development

    As a newcomer to the charming little village of Fries, I am delighted that the town is receiving much‑needed money for the restorations, repairs and upgrades that are much needed, but could not possibly be afforded.
    It has beautiful scenery, a lovely quiet atmosphere and a livable core of 100‑year-old houses that most "historic" cities would envy.
    But having lived in three towns that were restored and rebuilt on their historic past, two of which did it right, let me add a note of caution.

  • Get involved with planning process

    Citizens may not realize it, but they can act now and have an impact on Carroll County’s future.
    This impact will reach 20 years into the future, as that’s the duration of the period covered by the new comprehensive plan.
    People have trickled out in dribs and drabs to related countywide and community meetings held around Carroll that started last winter. Eight, 10, 30 folks at a time showed up to speak on a variety of planning issues.

  • More churches should help shelter

    More churches should help shelter
    It’s very interesting to read the editorials and also the Hotline.
    So many people seem to be annoyed by something or someone they have no control of. Oh, ye of little faith.
    Let me tell you about a woman I know. She is the wife of a minister of one of the churches in Galax.
    About a year ago she took over as director of the Hostel House of the Good Shepherd, now known as Hope House. She had no money, but prayer and faith kept her going. And she has been blessed so much.