Today's Opinions

  • State taking crimes against animals seriously

    Last week, The Gazette published yet another heartbreaking story from someone whose family pet fell prey to an unknown suspect who thought nothing about bringing harm to another living being.

    Daisy Mae, a boxer/lab mix, was on her owners’ property while they were at work when someone came into the yard, aimed a gun at her heart and pulled the trigger, killing her.

  • KKK's ideology at odds with biblical teachings

    This letter is in response to the KKK activity you have reported on.
    To the KKK: The Bible teaches that we have all come from the same original parents, Adam and Eve, we are all “one blood.”
    Your irrational, ungodly, hateful “theology” does not come from the God of the Bible.
    When Aaron and Miriam, Moses’ brother and sister, criticized him for marrying an Ethiopian woman, God severely judged them:

  • Those who wish to stay at training center should have that option

    Last week marked a milestone in an ongoing fight to save the Southwest Virginia Training Center — one of five state facilities for the developmentally and intellectually disabled.

    Del. Jeff Campbell filed House Bill 1614, which seeks to prohibit the closure of the Hillsville facility, along with the Southeastern Virginia Training Center in Chesapeake. So far, the bill has made its way to the House of Delegates’ Committee on Appropriations.

  • 'Obamacare and the Old Folks Home' — a poem

    My years on earth

    are slipping away.

    My hair from red

    has turned to gray.

    The old folks home

    is waiting for me.

    I’ll go in hearing-impaired

    and probably with Alzheimer’s Disease.

    From Washington

    I never hear good news.

    It’s always about Obamacare,

    Nothing that would help me and you.

    Promises and more promises

    that’s all they seem to do,

    and farther and farther away

    they all stray from truth.

  • Boucher: first step in ending gridlock

    Rick Boucher, former Democratic congressman from Virginia’s 9th District, is co-chair of the Virginia Commission on Integrity and Public Confidence in State Government, appointed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe. In Congress, he represented the Twin Counties and Southwest Virginia for more than two decades.

    The gerrymandering of state legislative and congressional districts is a bipartisan offense. Members of the Virginia Commission on Integrity and Public Confidence in State Government are proposing a bipartisan solution.

  • Freedom of press being stifled in U.S.

    We join the rest of the world in mourning the brave staff of the magazine “Charlie Hebdo,” gunned down by religious fanatics for defending freedom of the press.
    Meat industry fanatics in the U.S. have devised a more subtle means of stifling freedom of the press.
    The states of Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, and Utah have enacted “ag-gag” laws that impose criminal penalties on investigators seeking to expose animal abuses and safety violations in factory farms.

  • Donors helped feed meal to community

    I would like to express heartfelt thanks to all who helped out in any way with the Christmas dinner that was served at West Galax Diner.
    It was a great success. Not only were we able to provide meals to the community, but all remaining prepared food was donated to Joy Ranch and all other food items were donated to Rooftop.
    We thank everyone for their help and generosity.
    Tina Dowling


  • Illegal aliens are taking over the country

    The very first requirement for anyone to be called a citizen in America should be to have entered our country legally, not as criminals.
    As criminals, that should be the only requirement needed for putting them out immediately.
    We also need to take a long, hard look at referring to these millions of anchor babies as Americans.
    They are going to continue to take from our children and grandchildren.