Today's Opinions

  • Confederate flag is not about heritage

    Those who defend display of the Confederate flag (more correctly, the Battle Flag of the Army of Northern Virginia), either are ignorant of current events or history or perhaps both.
    There were any number of battle flags adopted by generals of the Confederacy. This particular flag never represented the Confederacy as a whole.
    At the end of the war, in 1865, Lee asked his followers to furl this flag; he said “Stow it away. Put it in your attics.”

  • Patient says he owes life to doctor, clinic

    I have a great story to tell about Oldtown Medical Clinic of Galax and nurse practitioner Laurie H. Jones, who actually saved my life.
    I am disabled and got sick and went to see her. Just by telling her how I felt, she ordered specific lab work for me, then called me the following morning and told me she had called the emergency room doctor who was waiting for me.
    She knew I had blood clots but didn’t want to alarm me. When I got to the hospital it was confirmed that I have multiple blood clots in my lungs as well as my leg.

  • A good word for a local nursing home

    Recently, I had the misfortune of falling and breaking my hip, but the fortune of being sent to Waddell Nursing and Rehab.

    I got the utmost care and the entire staff was not only professional, but kind and patient in all they do, above and beyond the call of duty.

    My only complaint was they almost fed me to death. Who eats three hot meals a day? I sure couldn’t.

    Thank you to everyone who so lovingly took care of me. And special thanks to the great physical therapy team.

    Virginia Burcham

  • New efforts on expanding Virginia's economy

    The coordinated, bipartisan rollout of a sweeping new effort to reshape and strengthen Virginia’s economy offered a good opportunity to acknowledge the commonwealth’s potential.

    Few states possess the kind of resources and assets of Virginia: a busy and profitable port, the world’s largest naval station, excellent universities and colleges, a highly rated public school system.

  • Many questions about terrorism weren't asked

    Many things have happened, both good and bad.
    There are questions that should have been asked and answered years ago.
    It is recalled there was much merriment when some foreign-born students at a flight school only wanted to know how to control the aircraft once airborne. No instruction on takeoffs, landings or other fine arts of flying was needed.
    Did this not create the slightest curiosity on anyone’s part? Was this not reported to the FAA or the FBI? Surely it was and a follow-up warranted.

  • Government shouldn't legalize foreign criminals

    Legalization of these illegal Mexican criminals, the last defiance against the American people.
    It will happen and it will be the final nail for society and any future for the American people.
    No one has any idea how many Mexicans have already criminally entered our country, but there is no doubt that the numbers are now reaching 100 million.
    With millions of Mexican anchor babies at your expense, with them taking over our schools, the American children are being cheated of their legal and rightful education as real American citizens in their own country.

  • Strengthen open government laws

    In Virginia, if you want to know what the State Police found investigating the worst mass murder in U.S. history, or what the consultants Hampton taxpayers hired to look into a proposed aquatics center found, or what Newport News council members had to say about the city manager's performance last year, you're out of luck.

    If you were a parent up in Staunton wondering about the financial management that allowed a school bookkeeper to embezzle thousands from an account holding student-raised funds for extracurricular activities, too bad.

  • 'Take a break from interstate' road market a success

    Many thanks go out to those who helped make the Independence leg of the Take a Break from the Interstate Road Market a huge success.
    Thank you to the vendors and buyers who lined the U.S. 21 route. Thanks to the members of the Independence Police and Grayson County Sheriff’s Department, along with the Virginia Department of Transportation, who kept everyone safe during the three day market.