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Today's Opinions

  • Keep housing project going

    Building a new home is a daunting and costly endeavor for anyone, but for those living on low or moderate incomes, it’s a dream that is almost never realized.

    But, through Mount Rogers, Mountain Shelter, the City of Galax and USDA Rural Development, that dream came true for more than a dozen first-time homeowners. Thanks to a generous gift of 14 acres from the city, the partners were able to find homes for those living on fixed incomes, handicapped citizens and those living in costly rental properties or dilapidated trailers.

  • Letters to the Editor for Week of 6/23/08

    PESTICIDE USE EXPLAINED

    Information has been shared in local media concerning pesticide use, some of which have been grossly misrepresented.

    Many people have legitimate concerns about the safety of pesticides. So, are pesticides completely safe?

    As you consider that question ask yourself if driving a car, eating a tomato, or swimming in the ocean is completely safe. There are risks associated with each.

  • Dream big, work hard

    It was exciting last week to see designs and plans for two projects in Galax — the further beautification of the downtown district and the veterans’ memorial planned at the Galax Public Library.

    Artist Todd Price’s renderings of the granite monument to soldiers present and past was awe-inspiring. If organizers can raise the $300,000 they need, it will be a respectful and reverent testament to their service.

  • Letters to the Editor for Week of 6/16/08

    VETERANS' MEMORIAL NEEDS SUPPORT

    After the end of World War II, many individuals recognized the need for a memorial to honor the dead of Dec. 7, 1941.

    As resident of Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 710, I see a great need for a veterans’ memorial in the city of Galax — a memorial to honor all veterans, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

  • No alternatives at Carroll exits

    Sure there are alternative ways to treat wastewater, Carroll County Public Service Authority members learned in a workshop last Wednesday.

    But there’s another consideration — are those processes viable?

    Authority members had called on experts to share information on handling sewage some other way than building a plant, treating the effluent and discharging the clean water back into the stream.

    Four consultants showed up and talked about onsite treatment, or allowing the soil to filter water, compact package plants, drip irrigation and so forth.

  • Letters to the Editor for 5/26/08

    REMEMBERING THOSE WHO DEFENDED FREEDOM

    This Memorial Day has special significance for me.

    My father, Beale Todd of Independence, a World War II veteran, passed away in February at age 84.

    As a child I was always aware my father had been in the Navy during the war but I would be much older before mere awareness would be replaced with true appreciation.

    At age 19 he entered the Navy and served aboard a destroyer escort engaged in anti-submarine warfare in the Atlantic and anti-aircraft warfare in the Mediterranean.

  • Honoring a hometown hero

    This Memorial Day, the Vietnam Veterans of America chapter in downtown Galax will honor a native of the city and a true hero.

    The chapter will dedicate a special memorial to Sgt. Major Charles Morris, who earned the Congressional Medal of Honor — the nation’s highest honor for military bravery — in November 1967 for his effort to save his fellow soldiers pinned down by enemy fire.

  • Letters to the Editor for 5/19/08

    JOB FAIRS ATTRACT GOOD CANDIDATES

    I am responding to the April 18 story “Grayson’s teacher recruiting goes international.”

    First, I have to ask a few question about the information presented. Why was the school board informed of Mr. Newman’s trip to the Philippines after the fact?

    Does Mr. Newman think the problem with recruitment could possibly be the inadequate pay scale for Grayson County teachers?