Today's Opinions

  • Healthcare enrollment time again


    By Jon Applebaum, CEO, Twin County Regional Healthcare

    Two years ago, the Health Insurance Marketplaces, a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, opened for the first time.

    Since then, an estimated 10.2 million Americans have enrolled for healthcare coverage through the online marketplace, which allows people to browse coverage options, compare plans and purchase health insurance that meets their individual needs.

  • Opponents ran races to be proud of

    Congratulations to Douglas Vaught on winning re-election! I wish him well in serving as our commonwealth’s attorney.
    I am proud of all my friends and supporters and the kindness I so greatly received when visiting with the many citizens in Grayson County and Galax, and the encouragement so greatly given to me in this race. Rachel and I are truly blessed by your generosity.
    Both sides ran a race that never went negative — something that our community can proudly proclaim when we talk about what a great place we all have to call home.

  • Double standards for officers

    Regarding “City officer involved in crash (Oct. 23 edition), according to Police Chief Clark, accidents involving a city vehicle are “processed as a personnel matter.”
    This policy creates a double standard, one for the average citizen and one for police officers.
    The policy can be rationalized in a number of ways: cops drive more miles than the average citizen, cops look for crime as they drive, and cops are subject to discipline under personnel rules.

  • Research proves meat consumption causing cancer

    Thank you to the World Health Organization for having the courage to speak truth to power: meat, like cigarettes and asbestos, does cause cancer!
    No U.S. health agency would ever say this for fear of losing Congressional funding.
    The World Cancer Research Fund and a number of other international health agencies have been advising for years that meat consumption raises risk of colon and other forms of cancer, but the WHO panel was actually able to determine a causal effect.

  • Descendants of Civil War veteran sought

    I am looking for descendants of Confederate Pvt. Jerome Dickinson of Company C, 29th Virginia.
    I have his death certificate, issued by his regimental surgeon at Winchester, on July 5, 1863. He died of wounds at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863, and I would like to pass it on to his family. Contact fjbowman@comcast.net.
    Forest J. Bowman
    Morgantown, W.Va.

  • Motto doesn't favor specific religion

    I want to comment on the recent vote by Galax City Council about allowing a sticker reading “In God We Trust” to be placed on city police cars. This passed by a vote of 5 to 2.
    To the two council members that voted against this project, I could say: You are wrong; or that’s not a good position; or why in the world take such a position; or are you crazy; or even I think you should reconsider.

  • Candidate congratulates opponent, thanks voters

    Just a short note to congratulate my opponent in the clerk’s race, Susan Herrington, on her recent victory!
    As she prepares to begin her second term, I offer my prayers for continued success and good wishes to Susan, Debbie, Sharon, and Evelyn [in the clerk of court office]!
    Words cannot convey how much that I enjoyed this campaign! I’ve gotten reacquainted with Grayson County and have met so many wonderful people.

  • Medicare recipients should review benefits

    Medicare’s annual open enrollment period is open through Dec. 7, when individuals who are eligible for Medicare benefits are able to review their health and prescription drug coverage, including changes in benefits, coverage, and costs.

    Any changes made during open enrollment will take effect Jan. 1, 2016.

    As healthcare service providers and advocates for senior citizens, as well as individuals with disabilities in the Twin County area, we urge all Medicare members to take this time to review your current insurance benefits.