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Today's Opinions

  • That Old Fiddle

    We met in a small music shop in southern Virginia, some years ago.

    The woodgrain of that violin was not finished to a lustrous sheen, but more to an appearance far beyond its years. We had that in common.

    Overwhelmed by its rustic appeal to the eye, we went home together. That purchase, at the time, was much more a luxury than necessity.

    Not being a musician, our first session was truly a revelation. What had I done? When bow first met strings absolute horror was revealed. That beautiful chunk of wood had no more music within it than its buyer had.

  • Letters to the Editor for 8/10/09

    Congress poised to raise taxes

    Many Americans are beginning to question whether our elected officials, both Democrats and Republicans, have abandoned their constituents to pursue a party-oriented agenda.

    It seems that no matter how loud and often citizens demand a return to a common sense approach to governing, very few elected officials are listening.

    Rep. Rick Boucher is charged with the responsibility of acting in the best interest of the 9th District, but refuses to talk directly to individuals he represents.

  • Letters to the Editor for 7/20/09

    Universal health care a must

    As we have watched business after business close in the past few years and unemployment levels reach unprecedented highs, there is a hidden cost we have not considered.

    How many of those folks who found themselves unemployed also found themselves joining the millions of people in this country who do not have health insurance?

    How many children are going without adequate medical care because their families cannot afford or no longer qualify for health insurance?

  • The Road To Safety

    It may be impossible to find a better example about the importance of wearing safety belts than the three young women who escaped a dramatic accident July 11 with their lives.

    The wreck was scary enough to come straight out of an action movie — a car goes into a skid on Interstate 77 due to hydroplaning in a thunderstorm, bounces off a guardrail, shoots across two lanes, strikes the other guardrail, springs over it and goes airborne, flipping as it falls down a steep ravine in Fancy Gap and coming to a stop right side up.

  • No Rush To Reform

    America’s health care system is a financial and medical wreck, a collection of competing interests and incentives that guarantee inefficiency and reward sloth.

  • Letters to the Editor for 7/27/09

    Our barbecue is the best

    I was one of the judges for the Smoke on the Mountain barbeque contest held recently in Galax.

    I would like thank all who had a hand in putting this GREAT affair on. I’m sure that many residents of Galax had a role in this.

  • Letters to the Editor for 8/3/08

    If wronged, keep your faith strong

    I am writing this letter as a reminder to myself as well as to possibly help others. I hope readers find peace with the contents.

    Perhaps putting it into written words will sink the truth into my own heart. One can hope.

    What do you do when you have been wronged by many people because, in their opinion, they could do the job better than you have?

    What do you do when you have been lied about, and to, and talked about in circles that continuously grow?

  • Bogeys' Closing A Reminder

    It was one of the area's most finest dining destinations, but now it's gone.

    Bye-bye, Bogeys. It was the spot for dinner dates, dining after a round of golf, relaxing with a cocktail or attending fundraisers.

    The restaurant had to shut its doors last Saturday due to the stress of the economy. However, it went out with a bang, hosting its annual fundraiser for Project Lifesavers on the last day.