Today's Opinions

  • Are supervisors listening to voters?

    Last November, Carroll voters expressed a clear desire for change. Three of the five contested supervisor races were won by challengers, and the challengers won by a remarkable average margin of 25 percent, while the two contested incumbents who were re-elected had just 8 percent margins.
    With the reconstituted board seated, Carroll citizens can only hope that their message was heard.

  • An obligation to help less fortunate

    Maybe there’s some hope for Grayson County, after all.
    The three new members of the Grayson Board of Supervisors show definite signs of caring about other people. The courthouse board room was filled with 30 or 40 of us — many of them supporters from Providence and Oldtown — when the board held a work session Jan. 19 to review our much-debated solid waste ordinance.

  • Corporations threaten democracy

    Our approval rating for Congress is at its lowest in our history. Our representatives and corporations are leading us in a race to the bottom.
    Consider the fact that we have fallen from number one in education to 15th. Education is crucial to a democracy’s success.

  • Waddell moved by stage dedication

    I would like to thank everyone for the dedication of the open-air theater in the dell behind the Galax Public Library.
    To have the theater named in my honor was beyond my expectations. I am proud, and at the same time, humbled, by the honor, since so many of my friends were instrumental in the conception, initiation and actualization of the Galax Theater Guild and its many productions.

  • Keep focus on our children's future

    We seem concerned with ourselves as parents and grandparents and less concerned about our children.
    As we age, the regrets we have yet to confront will not compare to those we are forced to live with each day.
    The past is irreversible. We cannot erase the past from our minds, happy or sad as it may be.
    Regrets make the past and present, unpleasant. Regrets originate from intentional choices we have made. We should learn from bad choices that yield regrets.

  • Say 'no' to socialism in America

    King Barack Socialism for America? No way.
    Barack Obama knows that government ownership of all property has never worked, and never will work.
    A graduate of the prestigious Harvard University knows enough of history to understand that private ownership and enterprise does indeed work.
    The answer for America in our time of great need? Neo‑benevolent executive control of everything — private and public — a neo‑monarchy.

  • Delegate should look at priorities

    I thought Bill Carrico went into politics to help bring jobs to area. Seems to me he still wants to be in the state police.
    I believe there are more pressing issues to be dealt with than the one about mopeds on the highway.
    Mr. Carrico’s Senate Bill 333 isn’t helping anyone except the police and the state.
    If someone wants to ride a moped, let them ride. It doesn’t bother me to see them on the highway.
    Let’s be real, Bill. What highway has a 35-miles-per-hour speed limit, unless it’s in town?

  • Maroon Tide team, family thank community

    The Galax varsity boys’ football team would like to thank this community for supporting us on our journey to the state championship playoff game.
    Although we came up short in the final game, we are honored to be the state runner-up for the first time in Galax High School history.
    This experience has been awesome for us, as so many records have been broken and history has been made.