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Today's Opinions

  • Church thanks those who gave to fundraiser

    I would like to thank Horton’s Super Market  and Dixie’s Baked Goods for donating to our recent church fundraiser at Shiloh United Methodist Church.
    With all the different benefits and fundraisers going on all the time, I know it is hard for small businesses to  donate to each and every one.
    I just want to say “thank you” to all of those that do support these type activities. It does not go unnoticed.
    John Hash
    Austinville

  • Lost, sick dog needs owner's care

    On May 21, my husband and I found a small dog in the road on Old Bridle Creek Drive. She was very old, but her head was up and looking around. I guess she was just resting.
    She is a sweet beagle with cataracts, a sore on her foot and no hearing. We took her over to Twin Oaks Veterinary Hospital. They still have her.
    Would the owners please step up and take care of their aging pet? They think she should be euthanized, as she has other medical problems as well, but she doesn’t complain.

  • Conflicting opinions about who should vote on school

    Deciding whether to rezone a piece of residential property for a new school in Galax was difficult already, and it is being further complicated by a question about perceived conflicts of interest.
    Four of the seven members of the Galax Planning Commission have ties to the city’s school system: one is a school board member, one is an administrator, one is a teacher and one is married to a teacher. The commission is considering the school board’s request to rezone land for a new elementary/middle school.

  • 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.