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Today's Opinions

  • Donors thanked for Safe Routes success

    As Galax’s Safe Routes to School program winds up its first school year of teaching students about walking and riding bikes to school, we would like to thank the following for their support:
    The City of Galax, its council and staff; Galax City Public Schools administration, board and staff; New River Trail State Park staff; parents who participated; Twin County Regional Healthcare and local businesses who donated services and products, including Main Street Bike Shop, George’s Cones and Coffee, Walmart and Durospin.

  • Fries could be goldmine with better plan

    The recent Gazette editorial encouraging Fries Town Council to revisit the master plan for revitalization was spot on.
    For Fries to flourish economically, it must first embrace its history and scenic beauty to attract tourist dollars rather than immediately redefine itself as a site for industrial opportunism.
    Successful marketing of existing strengths will grow the economy, elevate community visibility, and attract appropriate business ventures rather than suffer at the mercy of a hodge-podge of disconnected businesses.

  • The U.S. government vs. the American people

    The hullabaloo over crossing the red line when it comes to radical nations’ leaders who kill their own people to stay in power.
    Talk, excuses and vacation time is the norm for this government.
    Here in our own backyard and government are agencies rife with abuse, incompetence, emptiness, stupidity and political favors.
    From the way our veterans are treated back from war, to the IRS, National Security Agency and Environmental Protection Agency (run by a bunch of morons), the CIA — all lost in the land of Oz.

  • Medical marijuana should be legalized

    Medicare, Medicaid, private party insurance, the (Un)Affordable Care Act, various charities for various ills, strange world indeed.
    Police funding from asset forfeiture from drug arrests, used to buy more weapons, body armor and crime scene equipment.
    All while there is a bill, HR 4498 put forward by Rep. Morgan Griffith (R‑Va) in Congress to allow states to appropriately use marijuana for health care. Yes indeed it is a strange world.

  • Fries needs clear plan for future

    Recently, Fries Town Council was encouraged to revisit a master plan that it had previously developed for the town’s revitalization… and we couldn’t agree more.
    In recent years, small towns have seen their share of economic downfall, and Fries is no exception. A place of history and an ideal spot for outdoor recreation, the area has a lot of promise. But over the years, the area’s redevelopment seems to have, quite frankly, ground to a halt.

  • EPA should regulate meat industry emissions

    I am delighted that the Environmental Protection Agency has finally moved to abate the disastrous impacts of climate change by regulating carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.
    But, given the adverse reaction from the coal industry, the agency should have issued parallel regulations on emissions from meat industry operations.
    Each state could than determine its own optimal strategy for curbing greenhouse gases.

  • Community thanked for food drive donations

    On behalf on the Carroll County Ministerial Association’s Community Food Bank, I thank everyone who contributed to the recent food drive at our local post offices.
    I also thank individuals and churches in Carroll County who support our food bank through donations.
    Your generosity is helping those in our community who are “food insecure,” those who must make a choice between buying food or getting needed prescriptions re-filled, and those who are down and out and just need to know someone cares.
    Thank you and God bless you.

  • Encourage Carson to run for president

    I ask everyone who reads this letter to let Dr. Ben Carson know that you want him to run for president.
    Americans are clamoring for him to run, from every state in the U.S.
    Without a doubt he will be the only Republican candidate who can beat Hillary Clinton.