Today's Opinions

  • Grayson invests in future of youth

    It’s not often in local government when you can save money by offering people more services.

    But Grayson County has wisely chosen to invest in the future of its youth as both a cost-saving measure and an effort to tackle social issues at the source. The county is being proactive with its at-risk youth and families, rather than responding later when the problems have become more pervasive — and more expensive.

  • Politics has poisoned debate over felon voting

    Since the beginning of the battle about automatically restoring the voting rights of 200,000 Virginia felons, the fight has taken on an unnecessary partisan flavor.

    Republican leaders have pointedly accused Gov. Terry McAuliffe of playing politics with the voting rolls to help Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, essentially calling his articulated motives a lie.

    Virginia is one of only four states that continues to permanently bar felons from enjoying full constitutional rights, a relic of a divisive time in Virginia history.

  • I miss those hills and the baying of the hounds

    In 1939, I was born in Charles Troy Higgins’ house at 211 Painter Street. I always enjoyed Muncey Poole’s articles about him.
    Higgins was chief of police in Galax until 19 May, 1920, when he and other Felts Detectives were gunned down in Matewan, W.Va., as they waited for a train to take them back to Galax.
    I haven’t lived in Galax since childhood, but spent many happy summers there. My aunts and uncles, the Higginses and the Beamers, are gone, except for Geraldine Beamer.

  • Choose vegeterian options in school lunches

    With the new school year starting, parents’ to-do lists are filled with shopping for school clothes, school supplies, and school food.
    That’s right — school food!
    In past years, our nation’s schools were used by the USDA as a dumping ground for surplus meat and dairy commodities.
    It is neither a surprise nor coincidence that one-third of our children have become overweight or obese. Such dietary mistakes at an early age become lifelong addictions, raising their risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke.

  • Collapse of Twin Towers easily explained by physics

    I knew that one day I couldn’t stop myself from commenting on the ridiculous calls this paper gets. In this case, it was a letter by Mr. Jackson [published in the Aug. 22-23 edition], who offered up his conspiracy theory on bringing down the Twin Towers in New York.
    He claims the structures were brought down not by planes and fire, but by microwave-like direct energy weapons, directed via satellite. The actual explanation is not only more plausible, it’s science, not science fiction.

  • Galax postmaster thanks customers for patronage

    Employees at the Galax Post Office take great pride in serving the community of Galax and surrounding areas.
    It is because we love what we do and Galax is such a great place to live and work. Mostly, it is because we serve wonderful customers every day.
    I’ve worked in Galax for 14 years delivering mail and managing delivery. As the postmaster of Galax it is important to me that I communicate to our customers that their concerns are my concerns.

  • Airstream group enjoyed Galax rally

    As co-directors of the 15th annual Airstream Special Events Rally for the Wally Byam Caravan Club International, we want to extend sincere appreciation to the citizens of Galax.
    Our Airstream group was warmly welcomed by everyone during the week of the Old Fiddlers’ Convention.
    Special thanks go to Ray Kohl, who arranged for our use of the Rex Theatre during inclement weather, to Wayne Henderson for his continued friendship and to the young musicians who so generously shared their talent with our Airstreamers.

  • Who was really behind 9/11 attacks?

    Consider the implications of the 9/11 attacks in the light of scientific, empirical evidence, that the Twin Towers in New York were not brought down as we suppose they were, but by satellite-based direct energy weapons.