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Today's Opinions

  • Taking the initiative

    The effort to draw interest and create a sustainable community in Grayson County is nothing new; in fact, steady (and at times, staggering) improvements in our locality such as job creation (Oak Hall, Nautilus), agricultural stability (Matthews Farm, the GATE Center) and countless recreational resources regularly headline our newspaper.

    But in recent months, we’ve seen a refreshing new surge of interest in the betterment of our county, from Grayson’s new county administrator, William “Bill” Shepley.

  • More benches needed

    We are asking Walmart for more sitting benches in their store.
    We shop there as least once a week and, being senior citizens, there are times we need to take a short break.
    Not just for us, but younger people with children.
    Thank you.
    Terry Stewart
    Pauline Murphy
    Galax

  • Billy Graham: a steadfast voice for Christianity

    During a time when the shifting winds of morality reoriented the nation, the Rev. Billy Graham stood his ground.

    When the culture seemed to marginalize those preaching the message of God’s love, Graham’s voice continued to ring out.

    And when people of all backgrounds — from paupers to presidents — looked for spiritual guidance, they found Graham’s open arms.

  • Novant should keep Galax office open

    This letter to editor is in reference to the closing of Novant Health’s cardiology office located on West Stuart Drive in Galax.
    I was so shocked to learn some two or three weeks ago that the Galax office was closing. I was no more shocked than all the employees that worked at the office. They were told the previous Friday.
    I was told that they had tried to get a cardiologist to come to Galax and were trying to find replacement jobs for the employees.

  • Support for 9th District challenger

    It used to make me feel better to bad-mouth some politician and go on my merry way, but Anthony Flaccavento makes me think twice.
    He’s running against Morgan Griffith for Ninth District Congress, and I have yet to hear an ugly word from this man about his opponent.
    I do hear plenty from Flaccavento about stagnant wages and runaway debt, about working together and helping each other right where we actually live, regardless of our politics.

  • Property owners are losing rights

    I would like to mention a loss of our basic rights of land ownership that is being deleted, slowly but surely.
    I am told that Virginia mandates that counties must have either zoning or a subdivision ordinance but I don’t think that it mandates this 38-page monstrosity of Carroll County’s.
    It appears to me that the intent and language of the ordinance is only concerned with development. There are reasons for land division other than development or housing.

  • ‘Thoughts and prayers.” Then a failure to act.

    The video is short, only a few seconds long.

    It is shot from below desk level, where a girl in a dress and a boy in shorts are huddled.

    The students’ talking is interrupted by the explosion of gunfire — 15, maybe 16 shots in all, as the kids scream. The shooter isn’t in their classroom, but is close, and the children’s terror is nauseatingly apparent.

  • Reader sees metaphor in lawmakers' crash

    A clear and urgent message has come to me, which I feel behooved to share with the rest of America.
    Last week, a gaggle of Republican lawmakers left D.C. for a most important enclave in Beautiful West Virginia. No doubt to give the cleaning staff time to shovel out all the crap in the halls of government. They mounted their conveyance with family and friends in tow and roared off down the Cumberland Valley.
    They did not complete the trip on board their chartered train. On the way there was a mishap. Analyzing the event, I perceive a clear message.