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Today's Opinions

  • An Open Letter to Shoplifters

    GUEST EDITORIAL

    By Nathan Lyons, Carroll County Commonwealth’s Attorney; and Douglas Vaught, Grayson County Commonwealth’s Attorney and Galax City Attorney

  • Carroll should invest in grant writer

    ­When the Carroll County Board of Supervisors agreed to seek out a grant writer to help fund a water park or a pool for the county earlier this month, we can’t help but wonder what went through the former county grant writer’s mind.

    And, we wonder how much more funding the county could have landed for a pool and other projects had they kept Brenda Marrah — who became Galax’s very successful grants administrator after Carroll terminated her position.

  • Leaving trash behind at game was thoughtless

    Fifty-five plastic bottles, 36 Styrofoam cups and containers, 23 used napkins, 19 candy wrappers, 11 plastic bags.
    These are the items left behind by thoughtless Galax Maroon Tide fans after the game at Fort Chiswell on Oct 17.
    It was embarrassing to see how much trash was left sitting in the visitors’ stands, especially given the fact there were two large, almost empty trash cans in the stands that people had to pass by as they exited.

  • Reader offended by Gazette's coverage

    It seems like the people whom are going to wed in the area should have their photo on the front page of The Gazette from this point on.
    Otherwise, The Gazette is saying that the rights of straight couples are less than those of gay people.
    If this is news, than I did not see it on WDBJ television! Why couldn’t the happy couple be in the wedding section of The Gazette like all the others?
    I hope that the person that decided to place this photo and story on the front page will realize that he or she will be judged by the Creator on the day of judgment.

  • CDC report raises concerns for reader

    From “The Washington Post” July 14, 2014: A report from the Centers for Disease Control states “The nation’s percentage of gays, lesbians and bisexuals is less than supposed.”
    Their figures are: less than 3 percent of respondents to the survey self-identified themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual, only 1.6 percent as gay or lesbian and less than .07 percent as bisexual; 96.6 percent identified themselves as straight; while 61 percent responded “I don’t know the answer” or something else.

  • Immorality, corruption will lead to downfall

    I was listening to the news this morning and there was severe weather for 30 million Americans.
    The West is burning. Tornadoes in the Midwest and South. Flooding, Ebola and of course more earthquakes.
    Did you know that five things God brought upon Israel when they turned against him you’ve just read?
    We’re going down and it is because of immorality and corrupt government. The fall of all previous empires was immorality and corrupt government.

  • Meat consumption worse health hazard than Ebola

    U.S., state, and municipal health authorities are working overtime and spending millions of dollars to stem the spread of Ebola, which has killed just one person here.
    Where is the comparable effort to stem the spread of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and other chronic diseases that kill 1.4 million Americans annually and are linked conclusively to excessive consumption of animal products?

  • Adding to life sentence a waste of tax money

    After reading your front page article on Sept. 10 about an inmate serving a life sentence, indicted on a cell phone charge, I have to ask why is my county judicial system wasting my money indicting a man already serving a life sentence?
    Just imagine if he needs a court-appointed lawyer. Then he wants a jury trial. Then the case is dragged out for more than a year — continuances, motions, etc.