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Today's Opinions

  • Concerns about planning commission conflicts

    This May 7 letter from Jody Ray, former Galax High School principal and resident of the neighborhood near the proposed school, was written to Galax Mayor C.M. Mitchell and shared with The Gazette. Below are excerpts from the letter:

    This is no doubt a challenging decision, and I have confidence in our council to make an informed one, in the best interest of the citizens of Galax.

  • No child should be allowed to go hungry

    Your May 21 news item, “Unpaid meal fees eat away at school budget,” is a heartbreaker.
    Something is seriously wrong with us and our government at the local, state and federal level, if we cannot supply school breakfast, lunch and snacks for all of our children.
    Another recent Gazette story said more than 3,000 Grayson County people go hungry at least once a day. Many of them could be children.

  • Nursing home thanked for husband's care

    My husband “Jack” Carpenter recently went to be with his Heavenly Father while a resident at Waddell Nursing Home. He had resided there for four and a half years.
    I want to express to all of the staff who cared for Jack, my heartfelt thanks for the love and care extended to him and also to me.
    The staff and I quickly became family and bonded in a way that I will always hold dear to my heart. They wiped away my tears and held me close when I needed them.

  • Grill carefully to avoid food poisoning

    Folks ready to fire up their outdoor grill on Memorial Day face a deadly choice of inflicting food poisoning or cancer on family and friends.
    Food poisoning by E. coli and Salmonella bacteria, if they undercook the meat; cancer, if they heat meat to the point of creating cancer-causing compounds.
    Luckily, a bunch of enterprising food manufacturers and processors have met this challenge head-on by developing a great variety of healthful, delicious, and convenient, un-chicken, veggie burgers and soy dogs.

  • How to save 17,000 lives a year

    Medical insurance can help save lives.
    When access to ongoing care — as opposed to emergency intervention — depends on health insurance, a connection between coverage and life can’t be much of a surprise.
    Even so, showing that connection has been difficult.
    A new study from Massachusetts comes closer than any research and holds important lessons for states like Virginia that still resist the expansion of Medicaid, a key component of federal health care reform.

  • Medicaid expansion healthy for hospital

    On May 6, I was re‑elected to another four-year term on Galax City Council and I want to thank voters and citizens of Galax for that honor.
    It is humbling to be extended this opportunity and I will try to fulfill your expectations.

  • Witness the power of a single vote

    We’ve become so jaded in national elections by the disconnect between casting a vote as a citizen and the decisions of the Electoral College that we can forget the power of a single vote in local politics.
    Last week’s local elections — particularly in Hillsville — demonstrated clearly that, at the local level, every vote does indeed count.

  • More progress on rights restoration

    Former Gov. Bob McDonnell raised the bar for restoring voting rights to nonviolent felons who served their sentences, far outpacing his predecessors’ efforts.
    By the time he left office, the Republican had streamlined one of the most cumbersome state systems in the U.S. and given 8,137 people the ability to vote, serve on a jury, work as a notary public and run for public office.
    His successor, Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe, has maintained that momentum in his first three months in office, restoring rights to 838 people as of last week.