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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • An argument against climate change

    This letter is in response to a June 2, 2014 article in Time magazine on Tom Steyer, who made a fortune as an investor.
    He met with President Obama for a fundraiser at his home last year. Steyer is a hedge-fund billionaire and a major-league Democratic donor.
    Steyer is convinced that climate changes are the biggest threat facing the world — an argument he made clear to Obama that night, when he pressed him to cancel the Keystone XL oil-sands pipeline.

  • We are living in a dangerous world

    What a dangerous world we live in today.
    From the Mideast violence and bloodshed, with so many innocent lives lost for nothing, to the shooting down of an airliner over the Ukraine-Russian border by terrorists that killed 298 souls (80 were children).
    Bringing up the rear: China, Iran, Syria, North Korea, Iraq and Yemen.
    Satan is moving from the four corners of this world, entering the hearts of leaders, people and savages causing death, pain and misery.

  • Spraying of chemicals a source of concern

    Welcome to Grayson County! I found this county 35 years ago.
    It is truly God’s Paradise – not only the geography, but the people here are truly “Heart Folks” — the “natives” and those who have come here in recent years.
    I have had concerns for years and have voiced this concern several times. The highway department continues to spray toxins along New River and its tributaries to kill the weeds by the guardrails, plus shrubbery along all the roadways throughout the county.

  • Williams' death opens up dialogue about depression

    The world lost an extraordinary talent on Aug. 11, a comic genius whose wit, insight and ability to connect transcended generations and genres both high and low, serious and comic.

    Robin Williams taught us much about ourselves and our culture: As Mork, a goofy alien sent from the planet Ork to learn about human behavior; as an irreverent deejay questioning the Vietnam War; and as a divorced father who disguised himself as an elderly housekeeper so he could see his kids.

    His death may carry still another lesson, one about the devastating costs of mental illness.

  • Computer center is a valuable resource

    For the past month I have been fortunate to be in the Troutdale area enjoying a wonderful mountain escape from my eastern North Carolina hot and humid summer.

    In addition to the friendly folks in the region, I was surprised and thrilled to discover that the Grant Community Computer Center in the Grant Grange Hall has a wonderful computer center with 10 new desktop computers.