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Today's Opinions

  • Local government employees 'pass the buck'

    It is apparent that the diseases “do nothing” and “pass the buck” affecting Washington, D.C., have stricken Grayson County government.
    This past week I spent two days being shuffled between county and lawyer offices in an attempt to resolve a problem.
    I stated I wanted transfers done that day on two deeds which were recorded three and six months prior. I was told emphatically, “well, you WILL NOT get them done today.”

  • Fee will be unpopular, but other choices worse

    Next year, every locality in the state of Virginia will adopt a new mandatory stormwater program as required by the Commonwealth, and after a difficult year dealing with floods and rivers of water running down the city streets, it couldn’t have come at a better time for Galax.

  • Inmate apologizes for past actions

    My name is Travis Jones. I am a native of Galax. I have had many troubles, none I am proud of.
    Drug abuse and addiction has led me to thinking that drugs can erase the pain and the past, but in living a life of crime and ignorance, I have learned otherwise.
    I am serving a 20-year prison sentence for selling methamphetamine in your town, my hometown.
    I was living on Oldtown Street, had a good job, was doing well.

  • You can help control feral cat population

    Oct. 16 was National Feral Cat Day — a day to think about the outdoor cats in our neighborhoods. Strays are cats that have been lost or abandoned by their owners and are friendly with people, making them adoptable. Feral cats are not adoptable because they are not accustomed to being around people.

  • Animal abuse leads to future violence

    Many of our readers have voiced their disturbance over an ongoing animal abuse investigation involving a cat that was found covered in duct tape, with a lit cigarette taped to its mouth.
    Since the report was made public, several volunteers have stepped forward to offer reward money for information that could help police find the suspect in this case.
    As of Friday, the reward total had reached $750.
    Some my have found humor in the plight of Tiger the cat, but animal abuse is a heinous act in itself, and should be taken very seriously.

  • Pastor says church witnessed miracle

    I am pastor of the Independence Church of God of Prophecy. Recently a miracle happened at our church and I have felt the need to testify to it.
    It happened during a Wednesday night service with 13 people in attendance. Service began, and as usual the spirit of the Lord was present.
    After opening with prayer, I asked if anyone would like to be anointed and prayed for. Several came forward.
    I picked up the bottle of anointing oil to find it was empty. I shook it and turned it upside down trying to get a drop of oil to anoint.

  • For birthday, local child gives to others

    I am writing concerning my great-nephew Dylan Bedwell, who is 9 years old.
    Dylan has always been a loving and giving child. Ever since he was one year old his parents started letting him pick an angel off the angel tree at Christmas to purchase a gift for a needy child. Any time they have a food drive at his school, Baywood Elementary, he is cleaning out the cabinets or asking to go to the store to buy items for the food drive.
    For the Community Christmas Chest for needy families, Dylan helps to pack the food boxes for this event.

  • Government transparency could have prevented issues

    The owners of Agape Motorcoach Retreat LLC want to publicly thank many who have supported us with their kind comments and prayers, specifically with regards to the erroneous claims that have come from the county without any evidence.
    We are honored by three board members that had integrity and intestinal fortitude to stand up and undo a wrong. These three supervisors — Bob Martin, Josh Hendrick and Phil McCraw — need to be commended for their efforts. This valiant act did not go unnoticed and we are humbled by it.