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Today's Opinions

  • Letters to the Editor for 4/5/10

    President's credibility questioned

    A question about Obama's credibility.

    He ran on a campaign of negotiating with world heads and not being a bully like Bush was accused of being. He ran as a “unifier” rather than a “divider” like Bush was accused of being.

  • Sound fiscal planning

    Budget cutting for Carroll County Public Schools may feel painful, but the hurt can't go nearly as deep as other divisions in the state and even in the Twin County area.

    It's probably not too much of a stretch to call Carroll schools a model of fiscal responsibility for anticipating from a long way off the budget crisis that has caught so many divisions off guard this year.

    The proposed 2010-2011 schools budget marks the third year Carroll administrators have decided not to hire new employees to fill positions that have recently become vacant.

  • Letters to the Editor for 03/15/10

    Education should be main priority

     

    I don't believe in calling the Readers’ Hotline, so I am writing to voice my opinion about some of the uninformed Hotline callers.

    I would like to comment on a March 8 blurb, titled "Money Doesn't Teach."  Since the caller doesn't seem to take much stock in education, I want to grade his/her work.

  • End the hysteria

    Obsessing about a far-off border can't be healthy or good for morale.

    Most critics of U.S. immigration policy from the Twin Counties probably have never laid eyes on, stood at or passed over the divide between our country and our neighbor to the south. They just know by anecdotal evidence that it's a somewhat porous place where not every foreign national follows all the bureaucratic procedures in order to cross and to enter "The Land of Opportunity."

  • Letters to the Editor for 03/08/10

    Award recognizes excellence

     

    Congratulations to the Galax City Public School System for receiving the 2010 Virginia Board of Education Competence to Excellence Award!

    This is a significant accomplishment that our school system has received, recognizing two consecutive years of achieving state and federal benchmarks in education.

    Having served on the Galax City School Board for two terms, I have seen firsthand the hard work and dedication that the administration and faculty bring to work every day.

  • Real work begins

    Last week it was announced that California-based Med-Fit Systems, Inc. had come to the rescue of more than 100 people about to lose their jobs in Grayson County.

    Leaders of the 23-year-old physical therapy and senior care products provider offered 115 of the 170-plus employees a position with the newly named business in Grayson and vowed to return to full staff within 36 months.

    Grayson leaders worked diligently for several months to keep as many jobs as possible in an area suffering from a 12 percent unemployment rate.

    Now the real work begins.

  • Letters to the Editor for 03/01/10

    Billing came before care at hospital

     

    I'll begin by saying that my concerns in no way reflect the “'hands on” care that I received while a patient in the emergency room at Twin County Regional Hospital. The health care staff was professional and I received excellent care.

    Recently, I sustained a deep cut to my finger. Knowing that I would need stitches, I went to Twin County’s emergency room.

  • Medicaid cuts harmful

    I am writing to express concerns former Gov. Kaine's budget reduction proposal as it pertains to Medicaid home- and community-based programs.

    Any one of the proposals would have an extremely negative impact on providing care for some of Virginia's most frail and vulnerable citizens.

    In combination, they will devastate Virginia's home- and community-based care system.

    I am keenly aware of the commonwealth's fiscal condition and recognize that this past year has been challenging.