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Today's Opinions

  • Another innocent life taken by gun violence

    Violence and hatred have taken the life of a police officer in New York.
    A 12-year veteran, mother of three children, was brutally shot and killed while sitting in her police vehicle by a loser who was released from prison.
    A broken system that’s supposed to protect society from hardened criminals has failed miserably.
    We look around and see so many innocent lives taken by gun violence. It is very sad. Shakes the soul to the core.

  • Grayson should reinstate Campbell as coach

    This is a letter responding to the Grayson County School Board’s decision to not renew Charles Campbell’s position as varsity assistant baseball coach at GCHS.
    Charles has coached several sports and volunteered on many occasions to assist in others. I’ve known him since he was a young player in rec league baseball, and coached him for more than 10 years. He was then and is now a very respectful person.

  • Galax schools should honor Wolfe's memory

    Why honor Deputy Bartlett by naming a [Galax] building after him?
    He did not reside within the Galax city limits (not a taxpayer).
    There are several more that should receive this honor.
    One person, deceased, that should be considered is McKinley Wolfe. He was janitor at the Galax school for years. Wolfe watched over the children.
    Some who had walked to school (thinly clad) in cold weather were ushered into the school building for warmth.

  • An unpopular move that saved lives

    Four years ago, Galax made a move that was so unpopular that many residents wrote letters and called city officials begging them not to pass such an unfair ordinance.

    From the public outcry, you’d have thought city council banned bacon or legalized kicking puppies.

    No, Galax lowered speed limits on some roads.

    In 2013, the Galax City Council, based on Police Chief Rick Clark’s recommendation, lowered the speed limit on a section of Stuart Drive from 45 mph to 35 mph.

  • Postal customers thanked for food drive participation

    The employees of the Galax Post Office and the local Letter Carrier Union #3621 want to thank all the customers in Galax and Woodlawn areas for their participation with the food drive that we had on May 13.
    We collected approximately 5,016 pounds of food for Willing Partners food bank. All of the food will stay local and be distributed locally.
    We thank everyone for the assistance.
    Margie Crockett
    Postmaster, Galax

  • At last, Virginia addresses backlog of untested rape kits

    More than 3,000 rape kits — some up to 25 years old — are finally being tested in Virginia in an effort to determine if any of the cases can be solved even at so late a date.

    Attorney General Mark Herring announced earlier this month that a $2 million federal grant will pay for testing nearly 1,250 kits that were collected from 2014 to 2016, but were never sent to a lab for analysis.

  • EMF from transmission lines poses no threat

    Do transmission lines negatively impact human and animal health? Mounting research shows we have no cause for concern.
    To ensure safety, all electric wiring systems must be properly grounded. Small currents may flow from these grounding points, and are called neutral-to-earth voltages. Some of this is stray voltage that comes into contact with livestock and may cause behavioral changes.
    Transmission developers try to avoid and mitigate stray voltage. Usually, this means siting transmission lines a certain distance from distribution lines.

  • Northam best choice in Virginia Democratic primary

    Please remember to vote in the primary election on June 13 at your regular precinct.  We Democrats are choosing a candidate for governor and a candidate for lieutenant governor.
    My choice for governor is Dr. Ralph Northam. He is our present lieutenant governor. As lieutenant governor he is president of the Virginia Senate.  He knows our Virginia legislators and has done an excellent job working with Gov. McAuliffe.