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Today's Opinions

  • On the path to a cure for cancer

    Relay for Life brings together people from all walks of life in a common cause

    By Judy Beasley, Galax/Carroll Relay for Life

  • Chief's departure raises questions about Hillsville

    Later this month, the town of Hillsville will say goodbye to the second police chief in the past two years who was not in the mood to deal with extra drama associated with an already difficult position.

    And we can’t say we blame him or his predecessor one bit for getting out of that situation on their own terms.

    Chief Greg Bolen turned in his resignation to the town on June 30, after hearing repeatedly that his job may or may not be threatened after the new town council took office July 1.

  • Local facility a model market

    The Southwest Virginia Farmers Market has been a main focus of Carroll County for years.
    This has obviously paid off, judging from the reaction it got from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials when they visited the Twin Counties earlier this month.
    Nothing but good things were heard about the market on June 17, when the group took a tour of the main market and the cannery.

  • Hospital provided excellent care

    I recently was a patient in the outpatient department of Twin County Regional Hospital for a eye cataract removal.
    I had excellent care from every person of the department.
    Also, Dr. Davis and his staff was excellent. I give the department and Dr. Davis an A+.
    I believe if more people would try the hospital’s services, they would not want to go to other hospitals.
    l think, or rather know, that the hospital does great work.
    Jane Newman
    Fries

  • Donors thanked for Safe Routes success

    As Galax’s Safe Routes to School program winds up its first school year of teaching students about walking and riding bikes to school, we would like to thank the following for their support:
    The City of Galax, its council and staff; Galax City Public Schools administration, board and staff; New River Trail State Park staff; parents who participated; Twin County Regional Healthcare and local businesses who donated services and products, including Main Street Bike Shop, George’s Cones and Coffee, Walmart and Durospin.

  • Fries could be goldmine with better plan

    The recent Gazette editorial encouraging Fries Town Council to revisit the master plan for revitalization was spot on.
    For Fries to flourish economically, it must first embrace its history and scenic beauty to attract tourist dollars rather than immediately redefine itself as a site for industrial opportunism.
    Successful marketing of existing strengths will grow the economy, elevate community visibility, and attract appropriate business ventures rather than suffer at the mercy of a hodge-podge of disconnected businesses.

  • The U.S. government vs. the American people

    The hullabaloo over crossing the red line when it comes to radical nations’ leaders who kill their own people to stay in power.
    Talk, excuses and vacation time is the norm for this government.
    Here in our own backyard and government are agencies rife with abuse, incompetence, emptiness, stupidity and political favors.
    From the way our veterans are treated back from war, to the IRS, National Security Agency and Environmental Protection Agency (run by a bunch of morons), the CIA — all lost in the land of Oz.

  • Medical marijuana should be legalized

    Medicare, Medicaid, private party insurance, the (Un)Affordable Care Act, various charities for various ills, strange world indeed.
    Police funding from asset forfeiture from drug arrests, used to buy more weapons, body armor and crime scene equipment.
    All while there is a bill, HR 4498 put forward by Rep. Morgan Griffith (R‑Va) in Congress to allow states to appropriately use marijuana for health care. Yes indeed it is a strange world.