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Today's Opinions

  • Five reasons to visit health insurance marketplace today

    By Jon D. Applebaum, CEO, Twin County Regional Healthcare

    With just a few weeks left to select a comprehensive and affordable health insurance plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace, now is the time to shop and compare. Come Jan. 31, the marketplace will close for the year.

    For those who have not previously had health insurance coverage, the question “why?” tends to pop up. Here are five great reasons why now is the time to find the plan that best fits you and your family’s needs:

  • Hateful acts committed under multiple flags

    During the Civil War, the army of the United States Federal government raped black and white women as they burned and pillaged their way through the south, lynching some who got in their way.
    I’m writing to explain the heart and soul of the Southern heritage the Confederate flag represents.
    Recently, a Confederate cemetery was vandalized by disrespectful, disgusting people that are a prime example of what our heritage has taught us not to be.

  • 2015 Editorial Awards

    Depending on when you read this, it’s possible that:

    • you’re enjoying a laugh over your morning coffee;

    • you are having this read to you, against your will, as some bizarre but innocuous torture; or

    • you found this newspaper blowing in the wind or plastered against a chain-link fence in a dusty near-future wasteland after the inevitable “Trumpocalypse.”

  • Make a resolution to stop eating meat

    Once again, it’s time for New Year’s resolutions, particularly those to improve our diet and exercise routine.
    Although gun violence and traffic accidents remain the leading causes of death among young people, the most dangerous weapon for the rest of us is still our fork.
    Well over a million of us are killed each year by high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, and other chronic diseases linked to our meat-based diet.

  • Grayson VFW Post thanks bank, restaurant

    On behalf of Grayson VFW Post 7726, I thank the owner of Tony’s Italian Restaurant of Hillsville and executives of Grayson National Bank for their acts of kindness and expression of appreciation shown to our post honor guard.
    Having recently conducted military rites, we are humbled by your thanks for our service to this great nation and the service we perform at military funerals.
    It is our honor to have served and it makes us proud to know that there are so many citizens who support our efforts.
    Thank you for your support

  • Decision enforces existing concealed weapon laws

    Attorney General Mark Herring inspired the usual fury with a decision that will effectively bar residents of some other states from carrying concealed weapons in Virginia. The commonwealth’s 2nd Amendment absolutists, including those in the General Assembly, accused him of political toadying, repaying a debt or overreaching. Usually all three.

  • Consider the heritage that flag honors

    Every time someone calls in to defend their right to fly the Confederate Battle Flag, they say they aren’t racists, they are just honoring their heritage.
    I would love someone to please explain what part of their “heritage” they think they are honoring.
    I can understand that they sincerely care about their ancestors as past family members, but what do you mean by honoring your “heritage?”

  • Rooftop thanks donors to Christmas Toy Shop

    On behalf of Rooftop of Virginia CAP, we thank the following organizations and individuals that donated to the Christmas Toy Shop project: Gladeville Ruritan, Grayson National Bank, First Community Bank, Family Dollar, Jeff Johnson Auto, Williams Chiropractic, and Adams Heath Engineering, The Gazette, Carroll News, Carroll County High School, United Commercial Travelers, Galax Social Services and many individuals in our community.
    With these donations this year, Rooftop was able to serve 245 children with new and used toys. Many thanks to all of you who donated generously!