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Today's Opinions

  • Remember the elderly at Christmas time

    Not only do we need to be sure and remember all the little children this time of year, we also need to think about any elderly people who live alone.
    A visit, a kind word, a Christmas card or a small gift to warm their hearts so they don’t feel left out.
    I am enclosing a poem I wrote. It gives you something to think about:

    The Old Man
    No Christmas tree in this house.
    No wreath upon the door.
    The old man spends Christmas alone once more.
    Forgotten by his children, and by his neighbors he is ignored.

  • Song about Independence deserves to be heard

    Did you know Independence, Va., has its own song? Well, it does, and it’s one of the prettiest songs you’ll ever hear.
    A while back I was doing a YouTube search for my hometown. A song popped up played by the April Verch Band, named “Independence, Va.”
    I couldn’t believe what I was hearing!  Surely this was a mistake.

  • Volunteer to help Santa instead of complaining

    To the [Readers Hotline caller] wanting to read letters to Santa, he or she might consider volunteering as Santa’s helper as a letter reader and filling wish list requests for Christmas presents.
    Santa might send one of his elves and Rudolph to provide transportation for him or her in his sleigh.
    Raymond Worrell
    Ennice, N.C.

  • Library book review could benefit from variety of viewpoints

    The Galax High School Library Book Committee was recently formed to create a screening matrix for books coming into the high school library.
    The group is made up of a handful of individuals, including school officials, parents and one honor student. And while they plan to get input from the community on this issue, Superintendent Bill Sturgill noted that he wants to be careful about the group’s size, since too many voices could halt productivity.

  • Community made project a success

    In this season of Thanksgiving, I express my sincerest gratitude to all those who helped to ensure that my senior project was a success.
    The Galax High School administration allowed me the use of the auditorium, the best venue in town.
    My teachers helped me through every step of the process, and the janitorial staff had everything prepared and even pitched in to help set up.
    The Gazette ran a very nice piece to help promote the concert.
    My home church, Baywood Wesleyan, helped staff the event and advertise as well.

  • Donors gave soldiers a happier holiday

    The kindergarten students of Oakland Elementary School express heartfelt appreciation and thanks to all the individuals, students, churches and businesses that helped our endeavor of Operation Santa Soldier Stockings become an amazing reality.
    This project is for the Army unit in North Carolina of which Sgt. Andrew Gobble is a member.
    Our students along with your overwhelming support and generosity were able to surpass their goal of 75 stockings, and packed 80 Christmas stockings.  

  • How about a limited government?

    John J. Nunn of Galax is a retired furniture manufacturer and internet service provider.

  • Grading scale fails to give accurate portrayal of public schools

    School officials are concerned about the state Board of Education’s recent approval of an A-F grading scale for schools, and rightly so.
    The new scale, which will assign an overall grade for every school in Virginia, will complement the accreditations and federal accountability rating systems that are already in place. However, many educators feel that the grade will give too simplistic a view of their schools’ capabilities.