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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Ministry working with those receiving high power bills

    Our phones at PUSH Ministries have been flooded with calls about power bills.
    Appalachian Power has now decided if a bill is not paid on the exact date, no grace period, an additional deposit will be assessed.
    We have seen additional deposit requests from $160 to 900. This is not because power is ready to be disconnected, only because it is past the date due.
    APCo also has applied for a 17 percent rate increase.
    After investigating, we have found that American Electric Power stock is one of the most lucrative in the market right now.

  • Reader remembers former band director

    I enjoyed the article about Joe Gollehon, first band director at Independence High School and VADAR award winner.

    As my old bandmates at Galax High School will recall, he was also our director temporarily.

    The GHS band director had resigned and Gallehon agreed to fill in until a permanent director could be found.

    Not only was he an excellent band director (and a superb trumpet player) but also a genuinely nice person.

    We were fortunate to have him for part of the 1957-58 school year.

    Tom Stone

  • Bassett thanked for past Christmas parties

    I was Made in America by a Factory Man.

    Starting this letter is difficult.  I have so much to say and I want to be sure that I can convey my gratitude both completely and accurately. So, I’ll just start with the obvious: Mr. John D. Bassett III, thank you.

    Thank you for the Christmas parties and the stockings. I felt so lucky and included to be able to go into that loading dock with my parents and meet everyone that they worked with.

    One caveat however, I always knew that was Ronnie McGrady in that Santa costume.

  • Same-sex marriage worthy of coverage

    In recent weeks Gazette readers have shared plenty of feedback about two news reports that were published on the topic of same-sex marriage. We’ve heard a strong response from both sides.

    Some are happy to see the change that has taken place since federal court rulings resulted in allowing same-sex couples the same marriage rights as other couples. Others have vented, sharing feelings of concern and even anger about the court decision and our coverage decisions.

  • What is the government doing in our bedrooms

    The public, at least the segment that takes the time to express their opinions to The Gazette’s Readers’ Hotline, is sure upset about the coverage of the gay marriage issue.

    I’ll agree and disagree at the same time. The court ruling needed coverage. Maybe not front page, but coverage nonetheless.