Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • The best shelter begins with a caring community

    I’ve often heard people who have come to Galax, Grayson County or Carroll County remark that this area has the nicest people.
    So how have we gotten so out of touch with the sad reality of what is happening to our animals here?
    When did it become acceptable to kill animals because there were just too many?  When did we decide that animals have no value or purpose?
    How often do you pass by the animal shelter on your way to church — a place where many find their sense of a loving community?

  • Ode to the Carico Bridge

    Ruby Johnson of Galax submitted this poem about the old Carico Bridge, over the New River on Virginia 94 in Grayson County. The metal truss bridge, built in 1927, was closed last year due to safety concerns and replaced with a new bridge that opened June 15.
    "It has always been there since I was a child, and before," Johnson said. "It is one of two that I know of in Western Virginia. The other one is over at Ravens Cliff, off the Carsonville Road," also in Grayson County.

    The Carico Bridge

  • Authors event a success

    On behalf of Chapters Bookshop and “Authors on Grayson Street,” we thank everyone that had a part in making the “Authors on Grayson Street” a huge success.
    Some 40 authors and publishers were under the big tent on Grayson Street on Friday and Saturday of the Leaf & String Festival held June 10-11.
    Many sponsors provided food and other items for the “Breakfast With The Authors” and the “Authors’ Hospitality Area.”

  • Area is blessed with musical talent

    What’s this I hear? There’s mountain music in them thar hills.
    I dedicate this letter in memory of the following who kept up the heritage of bluegrass and old-time music through their talent and personality — Houston Caldwell, Alan Martin, Barbara Poole and Greg Hooven.
    Time passes and things change but not the music we are accustomed to hearing since way back in the horse and buggy days.

  • Sportsmanship in the face of adversity

    On June 14 at Felts Park in Galax, I witnessed the most poorly officiated game of baseball in the history of the game itself.
    The Carroll County Indians were given every bad call imaginable. The umpires refused to be questioned and threatened to eject the team’s coaches from the game.
    Parents became upset with the treatment of their children and decided to take them home so that they couldn’t be cheated.
    The teams refused to leave, stating: “We came to play!”