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Today's Opinions

  • Pay attention to how local tax dollars are spent

    I was raised country and I am proud to live in Carroll County. I was born in 1942 and my playmates were a mutt named Fish Hook and a broken-winged mallard named Andy.
    No gas, meat and cloth rations, along with other items.
    I was also raised to be a Christian and understand stewardship means helping your neighbors. Everyone is not wealthy and some need a helping hand. Over 100 people in my family tree were preachers.
    Being country means knowing what a bull drops in the grass. A lot of this ends up in the Twin Counties and City of Galax administration.

  • Platform developed by citizens, not politicians

    Wide frustration with government is largely the result of decades of uneven growth in our country. Some have prospered from the policies of previous administrations, but many more have not. There is the sense that we are treading water, and too many of us are slipping backwards.
    This sense of losing ground is profoundly felt in rural America, where once-thriving communities lost jobs, population and services. Empty storefronts along small town main streets exemplify the profound disruptions wrought by a changing economy and ill-considered policies.

  • Writer thankful officer saw humor in situation

    I have a good relationship with my neighbors. Two of them moved away, but periodically come back to visit. Sometimes, they’ll knock loudly on the front door.
    When I holler out, “Who are you?” they say, “Grayson County Sheriff.”
    I respond, “If ya got a warrant, come on in!”
    A few nights ago, I heard a loud banging on the door. Thinking my neighbors were dropping by, I yelled “Who are ya, and whaddaya want at this hour?!”
    The response was, “Grayson County Sheriff’s officer.”

  • Hate, not heritage, in the streets of Charlottesville

    Kerry Dougherty is a columnist for The Virginian-Pilot.

    One dead. Dozens injured.

    It’s time to stop calling what transpired in the streets of Charlottesville on August 12 a white supremacist “rally” and say what it really was:

    A riot.

    A brutal clash between protesters and counter-protesters swinging clubs and baseball bats, throwing bottles and spewing expletives.

    And finally, a car plowing into a crowd of pedestrians that left one person dead and 19 injured.

  • Even bigots guaranteed freedom of speech, assembly

    I can’t work up any good thoughts about the white supremacists who marched with torches and Klan regalia in Charlottesville. But I didn’t see any violence until a white protester launched a punch across a police barricade.

  • School system should have saved up for field work

    While being a current athlete and coach, I am excited about the possibility of having a smooth surface to play on, however the priorities of the city has been to increase education, create jobs and grow tourism.
    A revamped field does not address these concerns. While discipline and physical education is a byproduct of athletics, the current field has not prevented our football team and soccer team from winning state titles.

  • Charlottesville violence raises many questions

    I know how President Trump can satisfy the mainstream media and liberal politicians over the Charlottesville national disgrace. Just admit the truth by stating, on Twitter, that “the police acted stupidly.”
    This is a tried and true approach the media has already endorsed and will improve race relations dramatically. Maxine Waters might even lay off a couple hours as the confusion created will temporarily shut her race-baiting, obnoxious piehole.

  • Wolf deserves recognition in Galax

    I have just read an opinion regarding the need to recognize McKinley Wolf at the Galax High School. I second the need.
    As a native of Galax and graduate I knew him well, as well as his mother. I am still supporting Galax High through the foundation.
    It is men like Mr. Wolf that has made students better people and citizens.
    Thank you.
    Walter B. Blair
    Cincinnati, Ohio

    Editor’s note: Wolf was a custodian at Galax Elementary School.