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Today's Opinions

  • Judges praise Galax BBQ contest

    We would like to say thanks to the residents of Galax for the amazing time that we had judging this year’s Smoke on the Mountain.
    We attend a lot of BBQ events but this was far and away one of the best. The judging was extremely well organized and Shannon Dalton and her wonderful group of volunteers took great care of us during the event. It is rare to see a group of folks work so hard to make an event come together.

  • Fries building town into fun, welcoming destination

    The recent success of the first-ever LandCare Rocks the River outdoor event in Fries is just one notable example of how the little riverside community has stepped up its level of appeal to tourists and locals alike.

    Organizers expected around 150 people for the LandCare celebration, which was put on to celebrate our many local, natural resources used for livelihood, as well as recreation (the river, the trail, etc.) The final total not only met this goal, but went over by 500 more.

  • Legislators compromised by campaign cash

    It’s a little mystery that Galax-area voters have almost figured out, but not quite. Why are realtors, the health industry, beer wholesalers and bankers, coal operators and electric utilities shoving all that cash into the Virginia legislature?

    “Puzzles plus money produce the view that the money explains the puzzles,” legal scholar Lawrence Lessig wrote. “In a line: We don’t trust our government.”

  • Carroll budget decisions questioned

    Two supervisors voted against approving the 2018 Carroll County budget.
    Jodie Foster said it best: “There’s a tremendous amount of power that comes from not having to say yes.”
    Our budget is unique in that accountability is controlled by your vote. A budget really breaks down to two things. Needs and wants.
    In my opinion, our budgets indicate a ratio of 35 percent needs and 65 percent wants.
    A lot of good people work in county administration and deserve decent pay and benefits.

  • Don't let political burnout keep you from staying informed

    It has been eight months since the events of last year’s presidential election, and probably even longer since most of us have made it through a quiet morning of checking emails and reading news articles without seeing something questionable related to our nation’s politics.

    There’s no doubt, no matter which side you take in the argument, that our nation is divided right now; and those who are not still angry towards either the left or right side (or both sides) may have fallen into a bit of a slump when it comes to staying informed.

  • Another innocent life taken by gun violence

    Violence and hatred have taken the life of a police officer in New York.
    A 12-year veteran, mother of three children, was brutally shot and killed while sitting in her police vehicle by a loser who was released from prison.
    A broken system that’s supposed to protect society from hardened criminals has failed miserably.
    We look around and see so many innocent lives taken by gun violence. It is very sad. Shakes the soul to the core.

  • Grayson should reinstate Campbell as coach

    This is a letter responding to the Grayson County School Board’s decision to not renew Charles Campbell’s position as varsity assistant baseball coach at GCHS.
    Charles has coached several sports and volunteered on many occasions to assist in others. I’ve known him since he was a young player in rec league baseball, and coached him for more than 10 years. He was then and is now a very respectful person.

  • Galax schools should honor Wolfe's memory

    Why honor Deputy Bartlett by naming a [Galax] building after him?
    He did not reside within the Galax city limits (not a taxpayer).
    There are several more that should receive this honor.
    One person, deceased, that should be considered is McKinley Wolfe. He was janitor at the Galax school for years. Wolfe watched over the children.
    Some who had walked to school (thinly clad) in cold weather were ushered into the school building for warmth.