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Today's Opinions

  • I miss those hills and the baying of the hounds

    In 1939, I was born in Charles Troy Higgins’ house at 211 Painter Street. I always enjoyed Muncey Poole’s articles about him.
    Higgins was chief of police in Galax until 19 May, 1920, when he and other Felts Detectives were gunned down in Matewan, W.Va., as they waited for a train to take them back to Galax.
    I haven’t lived in Galax since childhood, but spent many happy summers there. My aunts and uncles, the Higginses and the Beamers, are gone, except for Geraldine Beamer.

  • Choose vegeterian options in school lunches

    With the new school year starting, parents’ to-do lists are filled with shopping for school clothes, school supplies, and school food.
    That’s right — school food!
    In past years, our nation’s schools were used by the USDA as a dumping ground for surplus meat and dairy commodities.
    It is neither a surprise nor coincidence that one-third of our children have become overweight or obese. Such dietary mistakes at an early age become lifelong addictions, raising their risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke.

  • Collapse of Twin Towers easily explained by physics

    I knew that one day I couldn’t stop myself from commenting on the ridiculous calls this paper gets. In this case, it was a letter by Mr. Jackson [published in the Aug. 22-23 edition], who offered up his conspiracy theory on bringing down the Twin Towers in New York.
    He claims the structures were brought down not by planes and fire, but by microwave-like direct energy weapons, directed via satellite. The actual explanation is not only more plausible, it’s science, not science fiction.

  • Galax postmaster thanks customers for patronage

    Employees at the Galax Post Office take great pride in serving the community of Galax and surrounding areas.
    It is because we love what we do and Galax is such a great place to live and work. Mostly, it is because we serve wonderful customers every day.
    I’ve worked in Galax for 14 years delivering mail and managing delivery. As the postmaster of Galax it is important to me that I communicate to our customers that their concerns are my concerns.

  • Airstream group enjoyed Galax rally

    As co-directors of the 15th annual Airstream Special Events Rally for the Wally Byam Caravan Club International, we want to extend sincere appreciation to the citizens of Galax.
    Our Airstream group was warmly welcomed by everyone during the week of the Old Fiddlers’ Convention.
    Special thanks go to Ray Kohl, who arranged for our use of the Rex Theatre during inclement weather, to Wayne Henderson for his continued friendship and to the young musicians who so generously shared their talent with our Airstreamers.

  • Who was really behind 9/11 attacks?

    Consider the implications of the 9/11 attacks in the light of scientific, empirical evidence, that the Twin Towers in New York were not brought down as we suppose they were, but by satellite-based direct energy weapons.

  • We count on the mail

    Chip Hutcheson is president of the National Newspaper Association and publisher of The Times Leader in Princeton, Ky.

    I got the mail today.

    A couple of bills. A greeting card. Some catalogs. A newspaper. One package that my wife grabbed right away. (Wonder what that was?)

    Lately, it occurs to me how completely I take for granted that I will get the mail tomorrow.

  • Don't let political correctness taint debate

    I was glad to see the report on the discussion in the Aug. 10 Gazette about the transgender situation in Grayson County Schools, but that is not the reason for this letter, as I am not stating a position.
    One of the speakers made the comment that they were offended by the opposition to transgendered students being allowed to use the bathroom of their choice.
    The woman making this statement is a well-educated and very nice person, but in this case I believe that political correctness has again reared its ugly head.