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Today's Opinions

  • Trash fee more fair now

    The purpose of local government and public hearings is to give all tax-paying citizens a chance to voice their opinions and concerns.

    Recently, Grayson County held a public hearing to receive comments on a controversial proposed trash collection fee.

    More than 40 people packed the board room, and 21 of them stepped to the podium to express their problems with the fee.

    While some ideas were far-fetched — such as raising the tax levy even more and removing the fee all together — others were valid.

  • Letters to the Editor for 6/22/09

    Sheriff supports church's efforts

    The Blue Ridge Fellowship has been distributing posters throughout the area to advise everyone that beginning June 13, they would provide a place to cruise and park for the young people of this area (ages 13-20 only).

    This program, designated as Cruisin’, will provide free food, fun and music from 7 to 10 p.m. in a safe, supervised environment at its location at 5357 Glendale Road, Woodlawn.

  • Second Chances

    Our legal system is based on the idea that a person convicted of a crime can be rehabilitated after accepting their punishment and paying their debt, but as a society we are sometimes reluctant to allow that punishment to end when the sentence expires.

    Some Hillsville Fire Department volunteers are threatening to walk away from the agency now that a suspended member has been reinstated. Roger Hawthorne is back on call after pleading guilty to an embezzlement charge unrelated to the fire department.

  • Flag Has Multiple Meanings

    When a young woman designed a dress bearing a rebel flag and wore it to the high school prom in Galax last month, it's doubtful that she expected the dance to last this long.

    But here we are, a month later, still waltzing in circles to a familiar refrain about the meaning and symbolism of the Confederate flag.

    Is it flown by those who wish to honor their ancestors for service and sacrifice to an ideal and standing up to federal authority?

    Is it a symbol of racial intolerance, flown by hate groups to intimidate and remind blacks of the days of slavery?

  • Honor them before it's too late

    These past two weeks — bookended by the dedication of a veterans' monument in Galax on Memorial Day and the 65th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of World War II on June 6 — have reminded us all of the debt we owe the men and women of our armed forces, especially those who served in the second world war.

    More than six decades later, a great deal of the world is free due to the actions of World War II veterans.

  • Letters to the Editor for 6/15/09

    Teacher thanked for dedication

    Recently we had the privilege to work with Judy Moser, physical education teacher and librarian at Mount Rogers Combined School, as a team of chaperones for the “Mountain to the Bay” field trip to Tangier Island Combined School.

    Ms. Moser has been an active, dedicated teacher and tennis coach in Grayson County Public Schools for 28 years.

    Her most recent endeavor was a trip of a lifetime for students at Mount Rogers Combined School.

  • The Decal Dilemma

    Though the idea is picking up steam and sweeping its way throughout the Commonwealth, Grayson County has scraped the idea of removing county decals from residents' windows.

    The board was fortunate enough to have a neighbor to poke for answers in the City of Galax.

    Galax removed the decals last year and city leaders have since said it was a move they should not have made.

    With the sharp decrease in revenue, Galax advised against other localities doing the same.

  • Letters to the Editor for 5/25/09

    'Junk' not what it seems

    In response to the May 18, “Junkyard ruining Cana,” by definition, entrepreneur means, “a person who organizes and manages any enterprise, esp. a business, usually with considerable initiative and risk.”

    The junkyard in Cana has been in business since 1986. As the sign near the state line indicates, “Entering Virginia’s Entrepreneurial Region,” that is just what owners of the junkyard are, entrepreneurs.