Today's Opinions

  • Safety takes the cake

    One eatery recently taken into Hillsville by annexation brought town officials cakes and pies to celebrate the change and handed out meal cards as a token of appreciation.
    The visit to Hillsville Town Council’s July 11 meeting must have been a refreshing attitude for town officials.
    While annexation efforts often face stiff opposition from those who basically don’t want to pay extra taxes, that doesn’t seem to have become an issue in Hillsville expanding its town boundaries west of Interstate 77’s Exit 14.

  • Owning a pet is a responsibility, not a privilege

    During the past few months an effort has been going on trying to rescue animals from the Galax-Carroll Grayson Animal Shelter.
    With the help of local and social media, the Twin County Humane Society, a local veterinary office, and rescue groups, more than 10 animals have been adopted.
    While the rescue and placement of these animals is considered a success, there are so many more animals that never make it out of the shelter.

  • Say 'no' to nonsense grants

    The Carroll County Board of Supervisors and the county administrator need to spend more time listening to public opinion and less time trying to manipulate it.
    We were told that the sewer was going to Galax because that would be cheaper than Hillsville.
    But what they didn’t disclose was that an engineering study showed that although the price charged by Galax was less, higher infrastructure expenses would increase the cost so that going to Galax is both more expensive and more vulnerable to breakdowns (some of which have already occurred).

  • Galax firefighters saved house

    We thank the Galax Fire Department for saving our house when it was struck by lighting on June 10.
    It’s a wonderful feeling when they pull up in front of your house. There is such a feeling help has arrived.
    We are so grateful to all the members of a great fire department.
    Otto and Vada Lineberry Martin


  • Donors came through for Red Cross

    Mother Nature was not on her best behavior during our recent Trail Ride for the Red Cross.
    It had started out as a lovely Sunday fundraiser for the Wood’s River Chapter (which serves Carroll, Grayson, and Wythe counties and Galax).
    However, fair skies suddenly turned to dangerously stormy conditions, and we were forced to recall our horses and riders from the trails due to safety concerns.
    Happily, everyone — riders, horses, and volunteers — found safe shelter. However, the event had to be cancelled.

  • Volunteers made 'Fun Day' possible

    On behalf of the Effective School-wide Discipline team of Independence Elementary School, I express appreciation to each person who helped make Fun Day an enjoyable event for our students.
    I extend a special thank you to Mike Wagoner who worked tirelessly and went beyond his duties to make Fun Day a success.
    The financial support of the Independence Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization enabled us to provide students with some special activities that would not have been possible without their generosity.

  • Patriotism measured in values, not volume

    By Kevin Loftin of Galax

  • Money in the bank

    What difference does a year make?
    For Grayson County, it makes about a $5.2 million difference.
    After supervisors raised taxes in back-to-back years, Grayson citizens quickly found themselves moving from a county with one of the lowest tax rates in the state to around the middle of the pack.
    While the tax increases weren’t popular, at that time they were necessary to pull the county out of its financial crisis.