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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.

  • 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.

  • Imagine a world free of illegal immigrants

    Imagine if our children and grandchildren could have had a country and community to grow and live as we did.
    Imagine if only we had cared enough to have stopped Mexico’s invasion and drugs and occupation.
    Imagine if only our children could have had their American hopes and dreams instead of Mexican illegals.
    Bud Cox
    Galax

     

  • Hillsville is sitting on a gold mine

    If you ask me, Hillsville is sitting on a gold mine.
    I visited the old courthouse where the Allen Tragedy was played out over 100 years ago, and the Hale Wilkinson Carter Home which is steeped in history but badly in need of repairs and renovations.
    This is a wonderful little town in a great location right off a major highway. But to outsiders it has a reputation of nothing to offer but a flea market and thriving drug trade.

  • Save Green Expo was an enjoyable event

    Grayson LandCare’s Save Green Expo held Sept. 13 featured more than 30 vendors and brought together local farmers, businesses and storyteller Danny Wingate with live music, free lunch and children’s activities which showcased local ranching and farming heritage.
    This was a masterpiece of detailed long-range planning. The event was carefully and painstakingly produced by Loren Webster.
    It was the fifth annual event and added much to our community awareness. Kudos!
    Carol J. Waddell
    Galax

  • Healthcare initiatives woefully inadequate

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s administration is pushing forward on initiatives designed to expand access to health care to the uninsured in Virginia. Those measures, though an improvement, are woefully inadequate to solve the problem.

    McAuliffe, in his first year in office, was outmaneuvered by a General Assembly that blocked every avenue for executive action to significantly expand government-subsidized health insurance.