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Today's Opinions

  • Civil War letters program informative, entertaining

    On behalf of the United Daughters of the Confederacy Jefferson Davis Chapter 2477 of Galax, I thank the Carroll County 175th Birthday Committee and the Courthouse Productions for a most informative and interesting evening.
    Actual letters were read from Carroll County soldiers to their loved ones back home. Attendees were able to grasp an understanding of the hardships of Civil War veterans and family members from 1861 to 1865, and the difficulties of war from the eyes of those who served on the front lines.

  • There's a lot going on at WCC

    Recently there has been much to celebrate at Wytheville Community College:
    A Virginia Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) report in September recognized WCC as the most affordable of Virginia’s 23 community colleges. According to the Department of Education, of the 1,200 community colleges in the U.S., WCC is ranked as the 16th most affordable.
    WCC’s affordability is due in large part to scholarships funded by private donors, the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission and the Wythe-Bland Foundation.

  • Littrell has common sense, integrity as supervisor

    Having known Tom Littrell more than 45 years, I fully support him for reelection as Carroll County Supervisor in the Pipers Gap District.
    I am the current chairman of the Twin County Airport Commission, and Tom serves on the commission, as well. During his current term as supervisor, the modern airport terminal has been completed. Also, security fencing that completely encloses airport grounds has been installed.

  • Foundation has helped grads achieve dreams for 30 years

    For the past 30 years, Galax residents have opened their hearts (and their checkbooks) to support the scholarships offered by the Galax Foundation for Excellence in Education.

    The foundation has handed out more than $1 million and helped hundreds of Galax graduates achieve their dream of going to college since it began in 1987. It has come a long way since then, when the foundation awarded only two scholarships, totaling a mere $500.

  • Reflecting on violence in Charlottesville

    By Scott Jackson-Ricketts, Independence

    It came as no surprise to me that clashes between white separatists and those offended by their ideologies [on Aug. 12] resulted in violence, including the death of one counter-protestor. I am also aware of the two police deaths associated with the helicopter crash. All three of these deaths were unnecessary and a most unfortunate side effect of our collective failure to recognize our common humanity.

  • Some only believe science when it’s convenient

    In the 1970s, Gordon Moore accurately predicted the speed of computers would double every two years.
    As a retired research scientist, I believe his principle can be applied to many areas of science and technology. Just look at how fast technology advances.
    Our cars and cell phones now talk to us and I’ve noticed it doesn’t matter whether you’re a Democrat or Republican, the technology works the same.

  • 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.