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Today's Opinions

  • Leaders' request at odds with First Amendment

    In reference to local government officials’ call for an end to the Hotline…
    As a citizen of Galax for 72 years, I read with sadness the letter signed by the mayor and city manager of Galax. I have known, respected and supported both the mayor and city manager until now.
    In my opinion this letter shows disrespect for our community and our citizens by resolving not to address publicly our concerns.
    They speak of the hotline being a disservice to community. The only disservice is the decision not to respond to issues in a public forum.

  • Government officials try to stifle public opinion

    I agree with The Gazette’s response to the letter from local government leaders [regarding the Readers’ Hotline feature].
    Their letter appears to me as an attempt to stifle public opinion and uncomfortable questions these elected and appointed officials would prefer did not come up.
    Many times I will read a comment or issue raised in the Hotline and I have the same opinion or comment and want to hear the answer from these public officials.

  • Best gifts are times spent with family

    The holidays are upon us once again, and parents are searching earnestly for the perfect gifts for children. The focus needs a bit of tweaking.
    A friend’s family surprised her and her husband with a celebration for their 50th wedding anniversary. The tributes by their adult children were heartwarming and impressed upon me what children cherish and remember most from their childhood.

  • Grayson should amend school attendance policy

    By Timothy C. Donley, Mouth of Wilson

    It has come to my attention that the Grayson County school attendance policy is so unreasonably strict that parents who exercise their rights and responsibilities to keep an ill child at home for a few days over the course of the school year may be brought to court, accused of truancy violations.

    The school administration does not trust parents to decide for themselves if an ill child needs medical attention or not, nor are school principals trusted to decide if an absence may be truly excused or not.

  • Reader shares thoughts on gay marriage issue

    After reading the Oct. 29 Readers’ Hotline with 14 responses criticizing the newspaper for the audacity to show a gay couple’s wedding on the front page, the first thing that comes to mind is why do these people think that only they have the right to free speech and not the news media?

    I call that being a hypocrite, pure and simple.

  • In hard times, still find reasons to be thankful

    Here we are at the holiday season where we give thanks for what we have and remembering that our Lord still lives.

    This country and all its riches still lag far behind in hunger, homelessness, growing bickering and incidents of death caused by violence and an evil heart upon children and the elderly.

    The losers and rejects of society continue to cause pain and heartbreak. A recent report showed more than two million children are homeless and no place to call home.

  • A slap in the face of law enforcement

    In Waynesboro on Feb. 7, a young police officer was on his way to see his baby daughter when four members of the “Bloods” gang killed him in cold blood.

    The trial is set for March 2015.

    The chief law enforcement officer in our country, Attorney General Eric Holder, has ordered that the death penalty be taken off the table [as a possible sentence if a conviction if obtained].

    The pretrial hasn’t even taken place and he has passed judgment.

  • Nursing home residents enjoyed visit from children

    One would think that 350 children trick‑or‑treating through a nursing home would be a scary experience, but it wasn’t on Halloween at Grayson Nursing and Rehabilitation.
    The center welcomed children and their families into the facility for a night of sugar‑induced fun.
    Were there smiles? Yes.
    Were there fun costumes and residents dressed up as well? Yes.
    Were there 95-year-olds interacting with toddlers? Yes.
    Were there veterans of the Army and Navy greeting their little grandchildren? Yes.