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Today's Opinions

  • Community appreciates law enforcement

    Part of my job as a police chief is to review the activities of the Galax Police Department on a daily basis. As I have for the past 15 years, I recently started a comparison of 2015 to the past two years.
    On a nationwide basis, the public approval of the police profession has suffered through troubling times, and has declined over the past 10 years. It has become increasingly difficult to attract young people to seek a career as a police officer.
    It has been significantly different for members of the Galax Police Department.

  • Millions could benefit from Health Insurance Marketplace

    By Jon D. Applebaum, CEO of Twin County Regional Healthcare

    Here’s some good news: When it comes to health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace, millions of Americans benefit from federal financial assistance each year, and you may, too.

    Since its inception in 2013, the Affordable Care Act has helped approximately 20 million Americans gain affordable health insurance, 12.7 million of whom have enrolled in marketplace plans.

  • Many miss Bible's message of love, tolerance, forgiveness

    Words matter! A lady told me she was in high school before she realized her school clothes were not purchased at “Mon-Go-Merry-Ward’s,” her immigrant parents’ misnomer for a favorite store. Lincoln’s words, “the mystic chords of memory will swell to a chorus when touched by our nature’s better angels,” softened the bitter hatred of the Civil War.

  • Give from the heart this holiday season

    One of the warmest feelings this time of year is sitting down for dinner with family and friends and celebrating the season.

    But, not everyone has the means to provide a hearty Christmas dinner. Unemployment, disability, sickness and the infirmities of age are the Grinches that so often rob this time of cheer.

    That’s where some true holiday heroes come in.

  • Carroll County registrar thanks electoral officials

    The Carroll County Electoral Board and Voter Registration Office would like to recognize the efforts of the officers of election put forth on this past election day, Nov. 8.
    Your time and dedication to the voting citizens in our county is invaluable. Thank you for your service and a job well done.
    We could not do this without you. We appreciate all you do!
    Dennie R. Shockley, Chairman
    Brenda N. Lindsey, Vice Chair
    Brenda A. Diamond, Secretary
    Kimberly N. Cloud, General Registrar

  • Don't destroy Medicare with private vouchers

    U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, Chairman Kevin Brady of the House Ways and Means Committee, and Chairman Tom Price of the House Budget Committee, who is President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services, are among Republican leaders who support legislation to privatize Medicare by converting it to a “premium support” system.
    I urge your newspaper to editorialize against their efforts to change Medicare to a “voucher” plan that will raise the cost of health care for seniors.

  • Democratic Party needs to remember working class

    I recently read the editorial “Webb’s Warning” in The Roanoke Times.
    The author of the piece discusses Jim Webb’s brief campaign for the Democratic nomination for president and his warning that the Democratic Party has inadvertently begun to ignore its traditional base of working class voters.
    Webb isn’t wrong.
    There is a sizable voting block in America that feels failed by both parties. These folks haven’t experienced the economic recovery that is taking shape in other parts of the country.

  • Slow down to shop small this holiday season

    I recently attended a Shop Local Kickoff event, featuring state and local proclamations highlighting the importance of shopping local brick and mortar retail stores. The event made me think about my holiday shopping.
    This year, I’m challenging myself to make local purchases and encourage everyone else to do the same. I say challenge because I get it – it’s often faster and less expensive to go online. But that route wastes our power to use our purchases to make a difference in our communities.