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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • An open letter about Galax's new school plan

    We, the Board of Directors of the Galax Historic Foundation, Inc., whose mission is to preserve the city’s historic buildings for future purposeful uses, hereby by unanimous vote, request the City of Galax and the Galax School Board to thoroughly consider all possibilities to restore the historic Galax Elementary School and continue to use it for its original purpose.

  • Galax should consider new school plan carefully

    By John P. Kapp, Galax

    In most controversies there are points in favor of both sides.

    In the controversy over whether to move the elementary school to a rural residential area away from its present location and build an entirely new facility, every point is against and no valid point is in favor of doing it.

    Galax has good schools now. The schools have worked well together for many years. They can share facilities and use city‑owned recreational facilities and exercise facilities near the combined school complex.

  • With declining enrollment, now is not the time to expand city schools

    By Dr. Joseph D. Ray, Galax

    The Galax City School System is full of excellent teachers who care about kids. They work hard, countless hours to educate and guide them to become productive citizens.

    They are caring, loving, and nurturing to students and have their best interest at heart as they teach them not only academic lessons, but lessons about life.