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Today's Opinions

  • A salute to those who do thankless jobs

    Today is Labor Day, when we recognize the “blue collar” workers who keep the wheels of society turning, often for less pay than they deserve and under less than ideal circumstances.

    It’s a time to honor those taken for granted and often ignored, so we asked our readers who does the hardest jobs for the least appreciation.

  • Welcome to America, please ignore the bigots

    I was horrified and saddened by the letter by Bud Cox blaming “Mexicans and these politicians” for failures and problems in our schools.
    The only good thing I can say to you, Mr. Cox, is that you had the courage to sign your name.
    You seem to think that all Latinos come from Mexico, which is certainly not the case. And although you blame people from only one country, I can’t help but think you are lumping everyone into the same bucket.
    Do you have an atlas? Look at all the other countries south of the border.

  • A response to Rep. Griffith on Iran deal

    By Nancy Liebrecht, Galax

    On Aug. 10, I received Congressman Morgan Griffith’s newsletter, in which he cited his reasons for opposing the nuclear deal with Iran. Since Mr. Griffith is a conservative Republican, I was not surprised by his opposition, but I am still appalled by it and by the shallow and deceptive reasons that he gives for his position.

  • Writer supports Bernie Sanders for president

    We encourage the citizens of Southwest Virginia to support Bernie Sanders for president. For the first time in years, we have the chance to vote for a candidate whose track record shows he will represent the ordinary citizens and working people of this country instead of big money and corporate interests.
    Bernie wants to do the following for us:
    • Invest $1 trillion over five years to modernize our infrastructure, creating at least 13 million good-paying jobs

  • Confederate flag is not about heritage

    Those who defend display of the Confederate flag (more correctly, the Battle Flag of the Army of Northern Virginia), either are ignorant of current events or history or perhaps both.
    There were any number of battle flags adopted by generals of the Confederacy. This particular flag never represented the Confederacy as a whole.
    At the end of the war, in 1865, Lee asked his followers to furl this flag; he said “Stow it away. Put it in your attics.”

  • Patient says he owes life to doctor, clinic

    I have a great story to tell about Oldtown Medical Clinic of Galax and nurse practitioner Laurie H. Jones, who actually saved my life.
    I am disabled and got sick and went to see her. Just by telling her how I felt, she ordered specific lab work for me, then called me the following morning and told me she had called the emergency room doctor who was waiting for me.
    She knew I had blood clots but didn’t want to alarm me. When I got to the hospital it was confirmed that I have multiple blood clots in my lungs as well as my leg.

  • A good word for a local nursing home

    Recently, I had the misfortune of falling and breaking my hip, but the fortune of being sent to Waddell Nursing and Rehab.

    I got the utmost care and the entire staff was not only professional, but kind and patient in all they do, above and beyond the call of duty.

    My only complaint was they almost fed me to death. Who eats three hot meals a day? I sure couldn’t.

    Thank you to everyone who so lovingly took care of me. And special thanks to the great physical therapy team.

    Virginia Burcham

  • New efforts on expanding Virginia's economy

    The coordinated, bipartisan rollout of a sweeping new effort to reshape and strengthen Virginia’s economy offered a good opportunity to acknowledge the commonwealth’s potential.

    Few states possess the kind of resources and assets of Virginia: a busy and profitable port, the world’s largest naval station, excellent universities and colleges, a highly rated public school system.