Today's Opinions

  • A Patriot's Story

    By Lee Houston, Galax

    On July 4, 1826, on the 50th anniversary of our nation declaring its independence, patriots Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died.

    They were the last signers of the Declaration of Independence to pass. I thought that it was no accident that God would call patriots home on the Fourth of July. At 7:30 p.m. on July 4, 2015, God called home Joe Bill Edwards, a farm boy from Grayson County. He, too, was a patriot.

  • Relay honors cancer survivors and caretakers

    One of the highlights to the City of Galax/Carroll County’s annual Relay for Life’s event is our Survivors’ Banquet. It gives us great pleasure to honor our cancer survivors – Relay’s Heroes.
    We also want to recognize our caregivers – many survivors say their caregivers were the real heroes for standing by them. Cancer survival and wiping out cancer is why we Relay. We hope all our survivors and caregivers in Galax and Carroll County will join us for this celebration in their honor.

  • We can't erase our history

    Amid the debate about the Confederate flag flying over state and public buildings in the South, some have called for Confederate monuments to come down, too. However, those statues and obelisks — like those that stand on historic courthouse lawns in Hillsville and Independence — are more than simple monuments to generals or soldiers. They’re part of Virginia’s complicated history and should be preserved. This editorial first appeared in The Virginian-Pilot newspaper.

  • Reader will miss friends after move to Kansas

    To my friends and relatives:
    Thank you, dear hearts and gentle people, for all the good times and laughter that we have shared together.
    Your friendship and love has been as constant as the sun in its journey through the heavens.
    Come to see me. I’ll be in Kansas, skipping down the Yellow Brick Road.
    With love,
    Mae Branscome Bartlett
    Wichita, Kan.
    (formerly of Hillsville)

  • Jewish inmates ask for kosher meals at prison

    I’m writing to let you know that myself and a group of Jewish inmates at River North Correctional Center have filed several lawsuits in Western District Federal Court in Roanoke for religious discriminations and failure to make kosher meals available to Jewish inmates and Christian inmates who follow Biblical dietary laws.
    The case numbers are 7:15-CV-154, 155, 211, 215, and 233. Please feel free to check the facts of these suits.

  • Americans are losing control of country

    Randolph Scott (whom once visited our hometown), Charlie Pride, Mom’s egg custard pie, Martin Luther King, Sunday morning sidewalk, family picnics, Dairy Bar hot dogs and ice cream, Peggy Sue, our American flag, planning for our children’s future and talking with our children of their hopes and dreams.
    On the Fourth of July we observe our Independence. We once cared with pride and with courage.

  • Fries Theater thanks donors for support

    We thank all who came out to enjoy Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Some Enchanted Evening” at the Fries Theatre in support of our restoration effort.
    Many thanks also to the cast and crew of the Galax Theatre Guild and The Arts Council of the Twin Counties for putting on a wonderful show!
    Restoration of the old theatre is ongoing, and we hope to host many events as we work to bring back its vibrancy.
    Don’t forget to come out each Thursday evening for The Crooked Road Jam Session to pick, dance and enjoy our snack bar.

  • Reader appreciated story about Joe Wilson

    The Gazette has done it again. I never knew Joe Wilson, but your June 29 coverage of his memorial concert brought him to life.
    Probably the people closest to him will cut out the news clipping and put it in the family Bible, that’s how good it is.
    That story could’ve been a big pile of gooey sentiment, but it wasn’t.
    Once in a while you print stories that give a nod to the values we cherish here. You let people know what is really important, and I thank you for that.
    Kyle Noble