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Today's Opinions

  • Convicts should be allowed to donate

    I am one of almost a thousand convicts who reside in Grayson County at River North Correctional Center.
    I was glad to read your Sept. 8 issue, that shows the prison staff here giving back to the community and its kids.
    I’ve been incarcerated now almost 13 years and have resided at five other Virginia Department of Corrections facilities that allowed convicts to participate and donate money every year, along with staff to help with school supplies for the local schools.

  • 9/11 reminds us of first responders' bravery

    I was very honored to be apart of the Sept. 11 memorial service at VFW Post 115 in Hillsville and at the third annual 9/11 Galax memorial held by Twin County Funeral services in Galax.
    We are America, as I heard the Star Spangled Banner and the Pledge of Allegiance during the ceremonies.
    Some take for granted that our first responders are required to answer the calls but these men and women have strong love and dedication in their hearts when they respond to a call.

  • Students' meals should include healthy choices

    With the new school year, parents’ attention is turning to school lunches.
    Traditionally, USDA had used the National School Lunch Program as a dumping ground for surplus meat and dairy commodities.
    Children consumed animal fat and sugary drinks, to the point where one-third have became overweight or obese.
    Their early dietary flaws became lifelong addictions, raising their risk of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

  • An open letter about Galax's new school plan

    We, the Board of Directors of the Galax Historic Foundation, Inc., whose mission is to preserve the city’s historic buildings for future purposeful uses, hereby by unanimous vote, request the City of Galax and the Galax School Board to thoroughly consider all possibilities to restore the historic Galax Elementary School and continue to use it for its original purpose.

  • Galax should consider new school plan carefully

    By John P. Kapp, Galax

    In most controversies there are points in favor of both sides.

    In the controversy over whether to move the elementary school to a rural residential area away from its present location and build an entirely new facility, every point is against and no valid point is in favor of doing it.

    Galax has good schools now. The schools have worked well together for many years. They can share facilities and use city‑owned recreational facilities and exercise facilities near the combined school complex.

  • With declining enrollment, now is not the time to expand city schools

    By Dr. Joseph D. Ray, Galax

    The Galax City School System is full of excellent teachers who care about kids. They work hard, countless hours to educate and guide them to become productive citizens.

    They are caring, loving, and nurturing to students and have their best interest at heart as they teach them not only academic lessons, but lessons about life.

  • An argument against climate change

    This letter is in response to a June 2, 2014 article in Time magazine on Tom Steyer, who made a fortune as an investor.
    He met with President Obama for a fundraiser at his home last year. Steyer is a hedge-fund billionaire and a major-league Democratic donor.
    Steyer is convinced that climate changes are the biggest threat facing the world — an argument he made clear to Obama that night, when he pressed him to cancel the Keystone XL oil-sands pipeline.

  • We are living in a dangerous world

    What a dangerous world we live in today.
    From the Mideast violence and bloodshed, with so many innocent lives lost for nothing, to the shooting down of an airliner over the Ukraine-Russian border by terrorists that killed 298 souls (80 were children).
    Bringing up the rear: China, Iran, Syria, North Korea, Iraq and Yemen.
    Satan is moving from the four corners of this world, entering the hearts of leaders, people and savages causing death, pain and misery.