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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Local government employees 'pass the buck'

    It is apparent that the diseases “do nothing” and “pass the buck” affecting Washington, D.C., have stricken Grayson County government.
    This past week I spent two days being shuffled between county and lawyer offices in an attempt to resolve a problem.
    I stated I wanted transfers done that day on two deeds which were recorded three and six months prior. I was told emphatically, “well, you WILL NOT get them done today.”

  • Fee will be unpopular, but other choices worse

    Next year, every locality in the state of Virginia will adopt a new mandatory stormwater program as required by the Commonwealth, and after a difficult year dealing with floods and rivers of water running down the city streets, it couldn’t have come at a better time for Galax.

  • Inmate apologizes for past actions

    My name is Travis Jones. I am a native of Galax. I have had many troubles, none I am proud of.
    Drug abuse and addiction has led me to thinking that drugs can erase the pain and the past, but in living a life of crime and ignorance, I have learned otherwise.
    I am serving a 20-year prison sentence for selling methamphetamine in your town, my hometown.
    I was living on Oldtown Street, had a good job, was doing well.