Today's Opinions

  • Saving our history is worth the effort

    It has been brought to my attention that a Hotline caller raised questions regarding the Matthews Living History Farm Museum.
    It sounds as though the caller may have mistaken the museum for Matthews State Forest, which is on U.S. 58. The museum is on White Pine Road at the back of the Matthews estate. It is open daily from sunrise to sunset.
    Currently, it is accessible for self-guided tours only. The cost of even a part-time staff is beyond our means.

  • Treatment of refugees echoes Nazi Germany

    Listening to the Republican candidates, especially Donald Trump, since the awful attacks in Paris, I have been horrified at the hate talk, the lack of charity, and the willingness to throw the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights out the window.

  • Searching for the universal truth

    As another yearly celebration approaches, and families plan their travels and meals, I ponder what is it that I am actually giving thanks for?
    Certainly, we all are grateful for our health, our children, our friends, our freedom and liberty — fought and sacrificed for by our brave men and woman of the military and law enforcement.
    These things are foremost in our minds. But there is a greater thought that I have pondered recently.

  • Galax: wonderful place and people

    When I came here, a police officer handing me a USPS box from my porch stopped at my door and welcomed me.
    Years later, I left my wallet at a local store and it was returned intact immediately. Where else could that happen?
    When I became seriously ill, my neighbors cared for me. Without them, I may not have returned home at all.
    The hospital also welcomed me so I could care for the local children and their parents. These families have done well and I am blessed and rewarded in having helped them as best I could.

  • Violence claiming young lives in America

    I am responding to a news story about an 8-year-old who killed a 1-year-old.
    Something is very wrong in our society where a child kills another. Some people live in a fantasy world and things do not appear what they are.
    What is sad and heartbreaking of the growing violence that has claimed innocent lives is that the ones doing the crimes are so young. It is also a fact that some parents do not care doodly squat what their child does. If they don’t want them don’t have them!

  • Be careful mixing religion, government

    My deepest gratitude to Galax City Council members Robert Lazo and John Garner for voting against putting a religious message on police vehicles.
    Given the vitriol heaped on them in the Readers’ Hotline, it required a lot of courage.
    To those who clamor to put God in our government, schools, football games, etc., I would remind you that Jesus never advocated mingling religious beliefs and government.

  • Veterans Day service was uplifting, inspiring

    Grayson VFW Post 7726 publicly thanks Pastor David Osborne and members of Mountain View Baptist Church for their kind invitation to the special Veterans Day church service held Nov. 8.
    Pastor Osborne’s service was both inspiring and uplifting. We also want to thank the church congregation for the wonderful meal they provided to the attending veterans.

  • Goad thanks Carroll citizens for votes

    I sincerely thank all citizens, my family, and friends for your tremendous support as the new circuit court clerk-elect for Carroll County.
    It is with great honor that I am blessed with the opportunity to serve my home county in this important public service role in representing all citizens.
    I want to say that it was one of the cleanest, hard-fought races I have ever seen in a local election and want to thank all other candidates and their families: Phil Hawks, Jay McCraw, James Alderman, and Barbara Fadden.