Today's Opinions

  • America just a memory because of immigrants

    Young Americans and babies of today will never have or know America, as this government continues turning away and severing ties of any sanity with our American society.
    When Castro emptied our his prisons and put some of the most evil, dangerous criminals in the world on boats and sent them in the direction of Florida — and this government sucked this evil in like a vacuum.
    Miami until then was a good decent place for Americans to live, to visit and to retire, but this evil changed all that forever.

  • Tragedy takes emotional toll on first responders

    Editor’s note: On March 5, a Galax fire claimed the lives of three children, one at the scene and two who passed away later. Police and firefighters made valiant attempts to rescue the children, without any protective gear, but were overcome by flames and smoke. We share the sentiment expressed in Rick Clark’s moving statement, and commend them for their bravery and sacrifice. We wish them well as they cope with the aftermath of this tragedy.

    By Rick Clark, chief of the Galax Police Department

  • Grayson voters ignore intelligent candidates

    A couple of things have gotten me confused lately.
    Like this thing with the schools. How’d they end up short on money?
    I recall a couple years back, shutting down schools and building a new one out in the country was going to fix that shortfall. Dragging kids out before dawn and bussing them all over the place made fiscal sense.
    So how come now there’s all this fussing over giving teachers a raise and docking students for not showing up?

  • Commission nomination controversial

    You have to wonder what Pine Creek District Supervisor Bob Martin was thinking when he nominated Billy Mitchell to serve on the Planning Commission last month.

    Mitchell, a former county administrator, was convicted 17 years ago for embezzling more than $400,000 from the Carroll and served time in federal prison.

    Martin has gone on record with his belief that Mitchell has been paying his dues and deserves a second chance.

  • More information needed on new industries

    I’ve been hearing a bunch of cloudy claptrap from our Grayson County supervisors about “job creation.” I have problems with their claim.
    The supervisors are not hiring or paying anybody.
    Recently they have been taking credit for decisions by three business firms which allegedly will locate in Grayson County (at undisclosed dates) and hire 300 people.

  • Employers should value their workers

    In light of recent low-wage earner strikes, there should be a book titled “How to Treat Employees for Dummies.”
    Highlights would read something like this.
    First, remember that employees are as vital to your business as the customer is. And that the employee stands “between” you and your customer.
    So the employee can make your customers happy, or they can make them very sad. And without your customers, you’re out of business. So it’s in your best interest to have “happy” employees. And how do you do that?

  • 'Smart' meters raise safety privacy concerns

    In an earlier letter, I encouraged readers to research the dangers of [AEP’s automated radio frequency meters]. There’s a wealth of scientific and medical research showing the meters to be unsafe. I recommend www.takebackyourpower.com, www.stopsmartmeters.org and www.tamers.biz.
    The World Health Organization classified these meters, along with other similar devices that produce non-ionizing radio frequency radiation, as a (possible) 2B carcinogen. This is the same category as DDT, leads and engine exhaust.

  • Independence needs dental alternatives

    Is there any way a group could help the people get a dentist who will charge a reasonable price for dental healthcare? It would mainly be for poor people who cannot pay up front. If the people did not pay as promised, there could be an ordinance to collect it from them.