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Today's Opinions

  • Veteran thanks person who paid for meal

    On Memorial Day, May 29, my wife and I were dining at a local restaurant in Galax.
    Someone very kindly paid for our meals. I want to thank them for their kindness and their thoughts.
    D.L. Hanks
    U.S. Army, retired
    Galax

  • Safe Routes thanks community for support

    Galax Safe Routes to School would like to thank Galax City Council and administration and staff, Galax City Public Schools administration and board of directors as well as principals, teachers, parents, volunteers and businesses who have supported our walking and bicycle safety program this year.
    We extend special appreciation to Ruth Hall State Farm Agency and Skyline National Bank for generous donation of funds to purchase bicycles for our bike rodeos.
    We are grateful to Virginia Department of Transportation for funding for the program.

  • Attention to government should start at local level

    In the past year, the subject of politics has been at the forefront of almost everyone’s minds… or at least, it is certainly a topic people can’t seem to get enough of.

    But in spite of this growing trend, there is still a strong sense of disconnect in attention spans for local politics.

  • Taxes should be fair, go to help the less fortunate

    The White House has released its budget plan for the country, and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney proclaims that it is written from the taxpayer’s viewpoint. He believes that taxpayers don’t want their dollars going to people who don’t work, or people who insist on being poor generation after generation.
    Mr. Mulvaney, I am a taxpayer and you are not representing my viewpoint.  

  • Media gives congressional Republicans a pass

    Pundits are hammering President Trump for his bizarre behavior and his attacks on the Constitution. However, I believe the media is largely giving congressional Republicans a pass by ignoring their dubious involvement in Trump’s agenda. By their actions and sometimes by their silence, they are complicit in Trump’s scorched earth policies.

  • Russian connections deserve investigation

    James Comey’s clumsy handling of the Clinton email investigation won him no friends among Democrats, but they generally recognized that his investigation of Russian meddling in our election had to continue.
    They also recognized that his abrasive independence might be critical to finding the truth in the absence of an independent special counsel.
    Democrats, and some Republicans, are not angry about Mr. Comey’s firing because they liked him. They are angry because his investigation has been compromised.

  • Pet owners can prevent dog attacks

    In April, the United States Postal Service promoted National Dog Bite Prevention Week. I am writing to ask our customers to extend their efforts and help make this “National Dog Bite Prevention Year.”
    Pet owners’ efforts are critical when you consider the number of Postal Service employees attacked by dogs last year reached 6,755 — more than 200 higher than the year before. Within the Galax Post Office, there have been no dog attacks since the beginning of the year.

  • AHCA would lower healthcare costs

    By Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-Salem)

    This month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act to repeal Obamacare and start a health care reform process to return power to the states, drive down costs, and offer options to American families.