Today's Opinions

  • Educational experiment working in Galax

    “It takes a village to raise a child,” a phrase that first popped up in the ‘90s and is attributed to African folk wisdom, means that a child’s development is shaped not merely within the four walls of home, but from the entire social ecosystem of a tribe, a nation, a people.

    A strong, nurturing one will, in time, make a strong, grounded citizen of the child.

  • Healthcare enrollment time again


    By Jon Applebaum, CEO, Twin County Regional Healthcare

    Two years ago, the Health Insurance Marketplaces, a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, opened for the first time.

    Since then, an estimated 10.2 million Americans have enrolled for healthcare coverage through the online marketplace, which allows people to browse coverage options, compare plans and purchase health insurance that meets their individual needs.

  • Election, voter turnout were encouraging

    As a participant in our local political process off and on for 29 years, this current cycle proved to be the most amicable and flexible.
    What particularly impressed me, and many others, was a drift away from party loyalty and towards voting for the person perceived to be best qualified.
    Each voter got behind their choice without traditional pressures. Our community is better for it.

  • Police department thanked for motto

    Regarding the Oct. 26 article, “Council Members Object to Motto,” I would like to thank the Galax Police Department for adding “ In God We Trust” to its vehicles, along with the sheriff’s departments for Carroll and Grayson counties.
    To me, this says a lot about the integrity of these police departments. I thank God for all these women and men in all our police and sheriff’s departments. Thank you.

  • Opponents ran races to be proud of

    Congratulations to Douglas Vaught on winning re-election! I wish him well in serving as our commonwealth’s attorney.
    I am proud of all my friends and supporters and the kindness I so greatly received when visiting with the many citizens in Grayson County and Galax, and the encouragement so greatly given to me in this race. Rachel and I are truly blessed by your generosity.
    Both sides ran a race that never went negative — something that our community can proudly proclaim when we talk about what a great place we all have to call home.

  • Double standards for officers

    Regarding “City officer involved in crash (Oct. 23 edition), according to Police Chief Clark, accidents involving a city vehicle are “processed as a personnel matter.”
    This policy creates a double standard, one for the average citizen and one for police officers.
    The policy can be rationalized in a number of ways: cops drive more miles than the average citizen, cops look for crime as they drive, and cops are subject to discipline under personnel rules.

  • Research proves meat consumption causing cancer

    Thank you to the World Health Organization for having the courage to speak truth to power: meat, like cigarettes and asbestos, does cause cancer!
    No U.S. health agency would ever say this for fear of losing Congressional funding.
    The World Cancer Research Fund and a number of other international health agencies have been advising for years that meat consumption raises risk of colon and other forms of cancer, but the WHO panel was actually able to determine a causal effect.

  • Descendants of Civil War veteran sought

    I am looking for descendants of Confederate Pvt. Jerome Dickinson of Company C, 29th Virginia.
    I have his death certificate, issued by his regimental surgeon at Winchester, on July 5, 1863. He died of wounds at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863, and I would like to pass it on to his family. Contact fjbowman@comcast.net.
    Forest J. Bowman
    Morgantown, W.Va.