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Today's Opinions

  • Reasons for the Electoral College

    Every four years, American news is dominated by the presidential election. Pundits and analysts play up the drama, predict the outcome of the Electoral College, and endlessly analyze the results. Since the Republican candidate won the election, yet lost the popular vote by less than one percent, speculation has started on the purpose of the Electoral College.

  • Amercans' top job: bring country together again

    The well-worn conventional wisdom in America right now goes something like this: We’ve never been this politically divided.

    Nihilists and pundits will tell us that we’re so set in our rightish or leftish ways that Congress’s dysfunction is a result of the people’s philosophical rigidity. It’s a neat way of blaming citizens for the faults of their leaders.

    It’s all nonsense, of course.

  • Holidays a time to heal after stressful year

    By the time you read this, the giant, pulsing dark cloud of this year’s election will have finally passed over us… and I, for one, am looking forward to remembering what conversations were like before it happened.

    As usual, I am writing this column on a Sunday night, the eve of my Monday deadline for this paper — before the election — and when future me reads this in print later in the week, I just want to say to her: “At least it’s over.”

  • Community made Halloween Bash a success

    A big thank you is in order to all who helped make our Halloween bash a huge success in 2016!
    The Galax Downtown Association extends its gratitude to sponsors, businesses, organizations and individuals who donated candy, food, drinks, money and time.
    Without your contributions, this event would not have been a success.  We also deeply appreciate the efforts of all our volunteers.

  • Registrar thanks election officials for helping voters

    To the officers of election in Grayson County, thank you so much for all your careful work and patience during the presidential election!
    We sincerely appreciate your effort to give each and every voter a good experience on Nov. 8.
    Many of you had long, long lines of anxious neighbors in addition to some uncooperative voting machines but you helped create confidence and security. It was such a long day, but you kept the voters informed and happy.
    We all are a team in the election process and we couldn’t do it without you. Our hats off to you!

  • Questions about real estate taxes in Grayson

    I have been a landowner and taxpayer in Grayson for some 40 years.
    Initially, real estate tax was paid once a year. As assessments skyrocketed, so did the real tax. After a lot of complaining to the supervisors, Grayson tax payments were changed to twice a year.
    Glory Be!  How responsive were our appointed officials.
    But it didn’t last long because the county ran out of money (poor fiscal management!) the second half of the year and had to borrow and pay interest to get by.

  • Handwriting important for cognitive skills

    Thank you for your Oct. 24 news item on the value of written communication.
    I notice The Gazette photo showed a student using a pencil and paper, as well as a computer tablet. Does this mean, I hope, that Galax schools are teaching cursive handwriting?
    If not, here’s a plug for the process: Learning cursive is great for developing cognitive and motor skills.

  • Confront bullies when they appear

    Donald Trump has denigrated Mexicans, Muslims, disabled and overweight people.
    Since April, teachers across America have reported a rise in bullying, and today, we see white supremacists and racists bullying some segments of the above-mentioned groups.
    This is frightening for those of us who will feel the need to protect these individuals, for it will mean confronting the bully.
    So what’s the solution? We dry our tears, sooth our sick stomachs, release our heartache and confront the bullies when they appear.