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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Choose Periello as candidate for governor

    Tuesday is the Democratic and Republican primary for Virginia governor. Each voter on entering the polls requests either the Democratic or the Republican ballot.
    The two candidates for governor in the Democratic Primary are Tom Perriello and Ralph Northam.
    Perriello served in Congress for the 5th Congressional   District. Perriello is opposed to fracking and to pipelines, and has refused to take money from Dominion Energy, which backs fracking and pipelines.

  • Veteran thanks person who paid for meal

    On Memorial Day, May 29, my wife and I were dining at a local restaurant in Galax.
    Someone very kindly paid for our meals. I want to thank them for their kindness and their thoughts.
    D.L. Hanks
    U.S. Army, retired
    Galax

  • Safe Routes thanks community for support

    Galax Safe Routes to School would like to thank Galax City Council and administration and staff, Galax City Public Schools administration and board of directors as well as principals, teachers, parents, volunteers and businesses who have supported our walking and bicycle safety program this year.
    We extend special appreciation to Ruth Hall State Farm Agency and Skyline National Bank for generous donation of funds to purchase bicycles for our bike rodeos.
    We are grateful to Virginia Department of Transportation for funding for the program.

  • Attention to government should start at local level

    In the past year, the subject of politics has been at the forefront of almost everyone’s minds… or at least, it is certainly a topic people can’t seem to get enough of.

    But in spite of this growing trend, there is still a strong sense of disconnect in attention spans for local politics.

  • Taxes should be fair, go to help the less fortunate

    The White House has released its budget plan for the country, and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney proclaims that it is written from the taxpayer’s viewpoint. He believes that taxpayers don’t want their dollars going to people who don’t work, or people who insist on being poor generation after generation.
    Mr. Mulvaney, I am a taxpayer and you are not representing my viewpoint.  

  • Media gives congressional Republicans a pass

    Pundits are hammering President Trump for his bizarre behavior and his attacks on the Constitution. However, I believe the media is largely giving congressional Republicans a pass by ignoring their dubious involvement in Trump’s agenda. By their actions and sometimes by their silence, they are complicit in Trump’s scorched earth policies.

  • Russian connections deserve investigation

    James Comey’s clumsy handling of the Clinton email investigation won him no friends among Democrats, but they generally recognized that his investigation of Russian meddling in our election had to continue.
    They also recognized that his abrasive independence might be critical to finding the truth in the absence of an independent special counsel.
    Democrats, and some Republicans, are not angry about Mr. Comey’s firing because they liked him. They are angry because his investigation has been compromised.