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Today's Opinions

  • 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

  • TCRH adjusts to challenges of healthcare industry

    By Twin County Regional Hospital Administration

  • Don't be so quick to judge speed changes

    With the economy being in the shape that it’s in, the last thing anyone wants is a traffic ticket.
    So, it was easy to predict the onslaught of complaints and attacks towards the city’s Traffic Safety Committee for its recent request to lower speed limits on several streets in Galax, notably the stretch of blacktop that goes to the eastern limits of Galax, starting at Country Club Lane.
    The speed limit there used to be 45 mph, and the limit would then decrease to 35 mph going down the hill towards the western city limits.

  • Appreciation for our youth

    I have been retired from Duke University for six years and have lived in the Galax area since.
    I took a job at Galax High School in transportation as a part-time bus driver, and with the high school as a substitute teacher.
    During my tenure at Galax Schools it has been one of the most satisfying experiences of my career. The professionalism of the school staff and the respect from the students is outstanding.
    The staff was always caring and concerned on how the students should respect everyone on campus and outside of campus.