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Today's Opinions

  • Letters to the Editor for 5/10/10

    Prayers should be inclusive

    Since the comments supporting Virginia's governor and his rejection of a policy that advised volunteer chaplains to be circumspect in their public prayers at government-sponsored events seem to be defensive, mean-spirited, and clamoring for "freedom," let's consider some common sense objections to the direction this hullabaloo has taken.

  • Benefits take off at airport

    The economic impact of having an airport must be somewhat like flying through fog — sometimes it’s hard to see.

    But the recent award of the massive earth moving project to create the runway safe area can bring the impact of the Twin County Airport into sharper focus.

    Take, for example, the low bid supplied by local contractor Sowers Construction of a little less than $700,000 to grade the area around the runway into a flat surface.

  • Letters to the Editor for 5/3/10

    Show could not go on

    I wish to address the concerns expressed by a Grayson County High School Chorus parent regarding this year’s spring musical cancellation.

    It was a disheartening but appropriate decision based upon rational consideration.

    While Grayson County Schools have missed comparable amounts of snow days in the past, this year differs greatly due to three consecutive weeks of school being missed directly preceding the production. Attempts to hold rehearsal on cancelled days resulted in inadequate attendance.

  • An Affordable Option

    When it comes to construction, the Great Recession has caused the bottom to fall out of the housing market.

    This slowdown has caused surviving construction companies to clamor for work — and increased competitiveness for remaining projects.

    As a result, the construction projects that have gone forward have actually benefitted from lower-than-normal prices.

    The earth-moving project for the runway safe area at the Twin County Airport is a good example, as it came in at about half the initial engineer's estimate, or a little less than $700,000.

  • Letters to the Editor for 4/26/10

    Drawn back to Galax

    I was born and raised in Galax, and like so many other young people, I left to pursue a career elsewhere.

    Last week I returned "back home" to attend a birthday celebration. I realized that many of the things that made me so anxious to leave are the very things that now draw me back.

    In some ways it's like stepping back in time — the slower pace of life and friendly people that have the time to stop and chat remind me of a much simpler time.

  • Virtually the same education? No.

    A recent article in The Gazette touted the many “benefits” of virtual academies.

    However, Carroll School Superintendent Greg Smith failed to give the whole story. Comparing parent-directed home school to public virtual school is like comparing breastfeeding to infant formula, which is an inferior, watered-down version with the real risks hidden.

    When parents enroll their child in a full-time, virtual school, they sign away much of their parental right to direct their child's education.

  • Letters to the Editor for 4/19/10

    Galax recognizes firefighters

    This letter was addressed to the Galax Volunteer Fire Department and Chief David Hankley.

    Galax City Council asked me to convey their thanks and gratitude for the valiant efforts out forth by the Galax Volunteer Fire Department at the fire on South Main Street on March 19.

    It was through their work that damage from this fire was essentially limited to a single structure.

  • Our Heritage On Display

    This weekend is a very big event for Galax and the Twin Counties. Chestnut Creek School of the Arts is holding its grand opening, with a colorful black tie gala on Friday night and then a Parade of the Arts on Saturday, with something for everyone.

    I do hope that you will be coming to celebrate!