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Today's Opinions

  • A legal, moral authority to restore rights

    This editorial first appeared in the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk.

    Sometimes in politics, the most effective maneuver is to do nothing. Especially when your adversary is making a huge mistake.

    Republican lawmakers in Richmond are desperately trying to make hay of Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s decision to restore the civil rights of 200,000 ex-convicts who have served their time and completed all requirements for supervised release, probation or parole.

  • Restoring rights to felons: redemption or politics?

    Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Salem, has represented Virginia’s Ninth Congressional District since 2011. The district includes Carroll and Grayson counties and Galax. He previously was majority leader in the Virginia House of Delegates.

  • Memorial Day has special significance in Galax this year

    By Frank Plichta, Galax

    For many families, Memorial Day is a most sacred time to remember their family members who served in the Armed Forces and sacrificed all that they had, to preserve the freedoms that we enjoy today.

    Many thousands fell on the battlefields around the world, some never to return home and some that are still missing after many years. Still many more returned home and lived out their lives in their communities for which they fought unselfishly.

  • Wickedness will bring God's wrath on America

    I love America. And I don’t say that nonchalantly.

    America is truly the greatest nation on earth. Because (so far), we have the freedoms and opportunities that other nations only dream of.

    The Christian religion is what made America great. It wasn’t lying politicians and God haters (nor Islam), that get all the media attention today.

    Our nation began with leaders who had high moral standards, which today, are few and far between. And thus, God blessed it to become what it is.

  • LandCare group helps small farmers thrive

    Kudos to D.T. Clark for her excellent article on local small-scale farmers and the issues they face. It is clear that farmers are passionate about what they do and value working close to nature. It is also true that it is very hard to make a profit; the majority of small farmers have second jobs that provide necessary income for what they sometimes refer to as their “hobby.”
    Some may think of this work as a throwback to an earlier time, simply hanging on to tradition. But they couldn’t be more wrong.

  • Reader shares Mothers Day poem

    She watches us grow from a little sprout.
    Our banged up knees and when we pout.
    Mother is there to help us out.
    As we grow up and move out, it hurts
    Mother, there’s no doubt.
    And when we come home with our wounded pride.
    There is one who stands by our side,
    Mother!
    As her eyes grow dim with age and time.
    So many memories are left behind.
    Although her hair has turned gray
    She is still beautiful anyway, Mother.
    No matter what heart ache we have to bear
    Mother is always there

  • Replace animal foods with alternatives

    With the 47th annual observance of Earth Day having just occurred, this is a great time to explore more effective ways of slowing climate change and conserving earth’s natural resources for future generations.
    A 2010 United Nations report charged animal agriculture with 19 percent of man-made greenhouse gases— more than all transport — and recommended a global shift to a vegan diet.

  • Sheriff addresses questions about response times

    When contacted by The Gazette to answer questions raised by a Hotline caller, Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan responded with this piece. We are running it today as a guest column, as it is longer than a traditional Hotline response.
    Below is the original call that the sheriff is addressing: