Today's Opinions

  • '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.

  • Dangerous time for police officers

    Law enforcement — the public and things of society.
    The past year has been shameful in this country, when police officers encountered street thugs who thought they ruled the roost.
    From a thief at a store to trying to take an officer’s gun and one selling cigarettes on a sidewalk. All incidents involved African Americans.
    A grand jury [did not indict] a police officer doing his job which caused violence, property damage and total distrust of the police.

  • Rural mail will suffer with more plant closures

    John Edgecombe Jr. is president of the National Newspaper Association and publisher of The Nebraska Signal in Geneva, Neb.

    A friend of mine from South Dakota noted that the U.S. Postal Service delivered a lump of coal to many small towns last Christmas when it proceeded to eliminate overnight mail in most of the nation in 2015.

    That was a good description. USPS will slow delivery by one day for first class and periodicals mail. Many members of Congress have asked it to hold off. But USPS is plowing ahead.


    Looking back, 2014 was full of things we’d love to forget — ice bucket challenges, “Let It Go,” Kim Kardashian’s butt, rioting, Ebola and shirtless Vladimir Putin.

    Other low points: Kim Jong Un tried to keep a movie out of theaters and local officials wanted The Gazette to put an end to the Readers’ Hotline.

    Neither plan worked.