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Today's Opinions

  • Give from the heart this holiday season

    One of the warmest feelings this time of year is sitting down for dinner with family and friends and celebrating the season.

    But, not everyone has the means to provide a hearty Christmas dinner. Unemployment, disability, sickness and the infirmities of age are the Grinches that so often rob this time of cheer.

    That’s where some true holiday heroes come in.

  • Carroll County registrar thanks electoral officials

    The Carroll County Electoral Board and Voter Registration Office would like to recognize the efforts of the officers of election put forth on this past election day, Nov. 8.
    Your time and dedication to the voting citizens in our county is invaluable. Thank you for your service and a job well done.
    We could not do this without you. We appreciate all you do!
    Dennie R. Shockley, Chairman
    Brenda N. Lindsey, Vice Chair
    Brenda A. Diamond, Secretary
    Kimberly N. Cloud, General Registrar

  • Don't destroy Medicare with private vouchers

    U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, Chairman Kevin Brady of the House Ways and Means Committee, and Chairman Tom Price of the House Budget Committee, who is President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services, are among Republican leaders who support legislation to privatize Medicare by converting it to a “premium support” system.
    I urge your newspaper to editorialize against their efforts to change Medicare to a “voucher” plan that will raise the cost of health care for seniors.

  • Democratic Party needs to remember working class

    I recently read the editorial “Webb’s Warning” in The Roanoke Times.
    The author of the piece discusses Jim Webb’s brief campaign for the Democratic nomination for president and his warning that the Democratic Party has inadvertently begun to ignore its traditional base of working class voters.
    Webb isn’t wrong.
    There is a sizable voting block in America that feels failed by both parties. These folks haven’t experienced the economic recovery that is taking shape in other parts of the country.

  • Slow down to shop small this holiday season

    I recently attended a Shop Local Kickoff event, featuring state and local proclamations highlighting the importance of shopping local brick and mortar retail stores. The event made me think about my holiday shopping.
    This year, I’m challenging myself to make local purchases and encourage everyone else to do the same. I say challenge because I get it – it’s often faster and less expensive to go online. But that route wastes our power to use our purchases to make a difference in our communities.

  • America must begin building

    The notion that a builder (President-elect Donald Trump) could combine with spenders (Democrats and a smattering of Republicans) on a massive infrastructure push has seized Washington’s imagination.

    “Here’s how President-elect Trump could unify a bitterly divided America,” announced James B. Stewart in a New York Times column. By providing “well-paying jobs to many of the millions of disaffected workers who voted for him, and lift the economy, stock market and tax rolls.”

  • Community made Halloween Bash a success

    A big thank you is in order to all who helped make our Halloween bash a huge success in 2016!
    The Galax Downtown Association extends its gratitude to sponsors, businesses, organizations and individuals who donated candy, food, drinks, money and time.
    Without your contributions, this event would not have been a success.  We also deeply appreciate the efforts of all our volunteers.

  • Registrar thanks election officials for helping voters

    To the officers of election in Grayson County, thank you so much for all your careful work and patience during the presidential election!
    We sincerely appreciate your effort to give each and every voter a good experience on Nov. 8.
    Many of you had long, long lines of anxious neighbors in addition to some uncooperative voting machines but you helped create confidence and security. It was such a long day, but you kept the voters informed and happy.
    We all are a team in the election process and we couldn’t do it without you. Our hats off to you!