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Today's Opinions

  • Convention a passport to lost musical territory

    California-born music writer and critic Greil Marcus once used the term “old, weird America” to refer to the sound of the songs collected on the popular and enduring “Anthology of American Folk Music.”

    The anthology itself was created by another West Coast native, Harry E. Smith, who compiled the three-album set with every American blues, folk and country song he could find. He teased out ballads, “social music” and just plain songs.

  • Convention a passport to lost musical territory

    California-born music writer and critic Greil Marcus once used the term “old, weird America” to refer to the sound of the songs collected on the popular and enduring “Anthology of American Folk Music.”

    The anthology itself was created by another West Coast native, Harry E. Smith, who compiled the three-album set with every American blues, folk and country song he could find. He teased out ballads, “social music” and just plain songs.

  • Convention a passport to lost musical territory

    California-born music writer and critic Greil Marcus once used the term “old, weird America” to refer to the sound of the songs collected on the popular and enduring “Anthology of American Folk Music.”

    The anthology itself was created by another West Coast native, Harry E. Smith, who compiled the three-album set with every American blues, folk and country song he could find. He teased out ballads, “social music” and just plain songs.

  • Stop animal waste pollution by going vegan

    Last weekend the drinking water of 400,000 Toledo residents was fouled by animal waste.

    With unfettered growth of animal agriculture and ineffective discharge regulations, it will happen again in our own state.

    The problem has become pervasive. Waste from chicken farms has rendered ocean off the East Coast unfit for fishing.

    Waste from Midwest cattle ranches carried by the Mississippi River has created a permanent “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico larger than that of the infamous 2010 BP oil spill.

  • Seeing Galax through visitor's eyes

    By David Martin, Whiteville, N.C.

    I have to take a moment to say “thank you” to all the kind people of Galax.

    In May, I began a surprise search for a birthday gift for my wife of 45 years. July 1 was her 63rd birthday and I wanted to give her a big surprise. She has always wanted to go to Mount Airy, N.C., so I began by searching things to do in the area.

  • An achievable American dream

    James Truslow Adams is a noted historian, perhaps best known for coining the term “American Dream” in his 1931 book “The Epic of America.” He defined it partly as “that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement.”

  • Wreck resulted in meeting helpful locals

    Several weeks ago, a friend and I were traveling by motorcycle through your area when my friend dropped his bike and was injured.
    We went to the Twin County Regional Hospital, where we met several helpful people,  with two being memorable.
    One was a local preacher who was at the hospital to comfort a woman whose charge was injured. The other was the same woman who, I believe, is the principal of the school of the injured girl. I’d like to say I remember their names, but sadly, I can’t.

  • Elk Creek residente concerned about crime

    Why hasn’t the rash of recent burglaries in the Elk Creek section of Grayson County been addressed?
    On July 10 between 3 and 9:30 p.m. my home was broken in to. Every spot was checked and jewelry and knives were stolen. I’m not finished with the lost inventory.
    In speaking with neighbors, I discovered there have been break-ins in [multiple] places in Elk Creek and one in Fries.
    Anything that can’t be nailed down is hauled off from homes, barns, garages. Even dogs have offered no protection.