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Today's Opinions

  • Good news, bad news

    Despite the sad news for the area that a cabinet manufacturer has resigned — possibly just temporarily — its interest in expanding its facility into the city due to a failing economy nationwide, there's still hope for Galax and the Twin Counties through alternatives, like The Crooked Road, to keep the local economy moving forward.

  • Letters to the Editor for 12/22/08

    Real tree looks better

    I think the county made the right decision to remove the artificial Christmas tree from the middle of the sidewalk on the Old Carroll County Courthouse lawn.

    I can understand their concern about the safety hazard.

    In this day and time of lawsuits, if someone tripped over one of the stakes or cables holding up the artificial Christmas tree, the county would have been held responsible.

  • Season of Giving

    Don’t be a Scrooge this holiday season. Give like you mean it.

    Or rather, be like Scrooge, but make that the transformed Scrooge who saw the meaningfulness of helping others and found the true spirit of the season in Charles Dickens’ classic Victorian Christmas tale.

    You don’t have to be visited by three ghosts on Christmas eve to do the right thing this year — especially when so many people are out of work and face the grim specter of need as brought on by the poor state of the economy.

  • Letters to the Editor for 12/15/08

    Civil rights eroded in U.S.

    One thing I heard little or nothing about in the groundbreaking 2008 elections, was the disastrous erosion of civil rights in this country.

    Nor have I heard any subsequent discussion of George W. Bush’s assault on the Constitution, which he called a “(deleted) piece of paper.”

    Barack Obama is moving into an Imperial Presidency that would have warmed Richard Nixon’s heart.

  • Responsible spending

    In response to your Nov. 24 editorial “Policing the budget,” I’m disappointed that it was filled with such a lack of understanding about local government budget management.

    Our board never criticized the Sheriff for “needing the money.” Any comments made were related to a well-founded concern about the sheriff’s budget exceeding expenses the county had budgeted.

    We expect every department of Grayson County government to abide by the budget passed. In Grayson County, budgets are firm.

  • A local 'bailout' plan

    We've heard a lot lately about corporations and financial institutions seeking federal government handouts to keep from going bankrupt. It's a plan that leaves a bad taste, but here's something more appetizing to consider.

    Corporate giants aren't the only ones in need of a "bailout." There are dozens of smaller local companies and businesses struggling in this economy, and they don't have a government plan to back them up.

    All they have is us.

  • Letter to the Editor for 12/1/08

    Humane Society appreciates help

    Twin County Humane Society would like to express its gratitude to The Hardware Company and everyone that helped make its first Pancake Breakfast for Man’s Best Friends a huge success.

    It is because of caring animal lovers that we are able to continue to provide assistance to pet lovers in the Carroll, Grayson and Galax areas.

    The money raised will help to fund spay/neuter assistance, school and community education programs and adoption services.

  • Policing The Budget

    In economic times like these, it's understandable to be tight with your money. A fiscally responsible government should be tight, too.

    But, that should only apply when a locality is tightening its own purse strings.

    Recently, Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan approached the board of supervisors asking for money to be transferred from the Special Law Enforcement Fund to a few line items in his budget.