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Today's Opinions

  • Cuccinelli is man of integrity, solutions

    Early in November, Virginia will elect a new governor.
    There are two questions that the voters must ask about the candidates. First, is he a man of integrity? Second, does he have viable solutions to important problems?
    These are the criteria we must use to examine political candidates. So how is the Republican candidate, Ken Cuccinelli, doing in these areas?

  • Veterans beware when seeing VA doctors

    I’m curious to know how many veterans may be unaware that their doctor may be a contracted doctor, and not an employee of the Veterans Administration.
    I’m seeking to find other veterans who are having issues or concerns, or have had a problem with the VA not paying for claims to go to local emergency rooms.

  • Insufficient investigation of alleged conflict

    It was almost a year ago that Supervisor Bob Martin proposed a State Police investigation to determine whether there had been a conflict of interest in Carroll County Administrator Gary Larrowe’s land dealings near what is now Wildwood.
    Three newly-elected supervisors voted for the investigation, three holdovers from the old board voted against, and the proposal died.
    Now comes an announcement that Mr. Larrowe asked for an opinion, rendered by Dickenson Commonwealth attorney Joshua Newberry, who determined that there had been no conflict.

  • Groups helps kids with heart defects, disease

    There is a Mended Little Hearts group forming in the Galax area.
    Mended Little Hearts is a nonprofit organization that provides hope, caring and support to families who have children with heart defects and heart disease. Families are often devastated when they learn that their child has a heart defect, and Mended Little Hearts is there to let them know that they are not alone.

  • Injured veterans need help, fewer delays

    After an appalling display of inefficiency in helping disabled veterans earlier this year — nearly 900,000 had pending disability claims, and two-thirds of those had been waiting for at least four months — the Department of Veterans Affairs has made progress.
    In four months, the backlog has shrunk by nearly 20 percent, President Barack Obama told the Disabled American Veterans convention recently. Claims processors are working overtime through next month, and a switch to computerized records rather than manual has helped speed the work.

  • Police chief thanks many for flea market success

    I would like to extend my thanks and appreciation to several people, groups, and organizations for all the services they provided to the Hillsville Police Department during the 2013 VFW Labor Day Gun Show and Flea Market:
    VFW Grover King Post 1115 for help with preparation and planning.
    The Hundley family, Lacy Bowman and family, and Glenn Jackson and family.
    Mayor Greg Crowder, Town Manager Travis Jackson, and Engineer Steve Bowman who were personally out in the trenches making sure everyone was in compliance with all ordinances and procedures.

  • Aging population deserves better

    It wasn’t a terribly long time ago when the senior citizens of our community were held in the highest regard.
    But in today’s world, it seems like their place in society has steadily fallen to an alarmingly low priority when it comes to government funding. The cuts to District Three’s programs for the aging are a clear example.
    Beginning in October, the organization will see a $100,000 drop in support for these programs, making this the third year in a row where it has had to cut corners in these same areas.

  • A Tribute to Audrey Hash Ham

    by Walter T. Messick, Mouth of Wilson