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Today's Opinions

  • An Open Letter to Shoplifters

    GUEST EDITORIAL

    By Nathan Lyons, Carroll County Commonwealth’s Attorney; and Douglas Vaught, Grayson County Commonwealth’s Attorney and Galax City Attorney

  • Hillsville is sitting on a gold mine

    If you ask me, Hillsville is sitting on a gold mine.
    I visited the old courthouse where the Allen Tragedy was played out over 100 years ago, and the Hale Wilkinson Carter Home which is steeped in history but badly in need of repairs and renovations.
    This is a wonderful little town in a great location right off a major highway. But to outsiders it has a reputation of nothing to offer but a flea market and thriving drug trade.

  • Carroll should invest in grant writer

    ­When the Carroll County Board of Supervisors agreed to seek out a grant writer to help fund a water park or a pool for the county earlier this month, we can’t help but wonder what went through the former county grant writer’s mind.

    And, we wonder how much more funding the county could have landed for a pool and other projects had they kept Brenda Marrah — who became Galax’s very successful grants administrator after Carroll terminated her position.

  • Save Green Expo was an enjoyable event

    Grayson LandCare’s Save Green Expo held Sept. 13 featured more than 30 vendors and brought together local farmers, businesses and storyteller Danny Wingate with live music, free lunch and children’s activities which showcased local ranching and farming heritage.
    This was a masterpiece of detailed long-range planning. The event was carefully and painstakingly produced by Loren Webster.
    It was the fifth annual event and added much to our community awareness. Kudos!
    Carol J. Waddell
    Galax

  • Healthcare initiatives woefully inadequate

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s administration is pushing forward on initiatives designed to expand access to health care to the uninsured in Virginia. Those measures, though an improvement, are woefully inadequate to solve the problem.

    McAuliffe, in his first year in office, was outmaneuvered by a General Assembly that blocked every avenue for executive action to significantly expand government-subsidized health insurance.

  • Convicts should be allowed to donate

    I am one of almost a thousand convicts who reside in Grayson County at River North Correctional Center.
    I was glad to read your Sept. 8 issue, that shows the prison staff here giving back to the community and its kids.
    I’ve been incarcerated now almost 13 years and have resided at five other Virginia Department of Corrections facilities that allowed convicts to participate and donate money every year, along with staff to help with school supplies for the local schools.

  • 9/11 reminds us of first responders' bravery

    I was very honored to be apart of the Sept. 11 memorial service at VFW Post 115 in Hillsville and at the third annual 9/11 Galax memorial held by Twin County Funeral services in Galax.
    We are America, as I heard the Star Spangled Banner and the Pledge of Allegiance during the ceremonies.
    Some take for granted that our first responders are required to answer the calls but these men and women have strong love and dedication in their hearts when they respond to a call.

  • Students' meals should include healthy choices

    With the new school year, parents’ attention is turning to school lunches.
    Traditionally, USDA had used the National School Lunch Program as a dumping ground for surplus meat and dairy commodities.
    Children consumed animal fat and sugary drinks, to the point where one-third have became overweight or obese.
    Their early dietary flaws became lifelong addictions, raising their risk of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.