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Today's Opinions

  • Voters, educate yourselves

    It is now official: we have our nominees for what could easily be called one of the most controversial presidential elections in our history; and the “Race for the White House,” as CNN so eloquently puts it, has begun.

    What the candidates do between now and November will be crucial in determining who better earns the trust of the majority of the country; that is, if we pay close enough attention.

  • Taking time to thank the community

    In my opinion, thank you Grayson County.
    Recent events have made me conscious of our time here and I want to say thanks to friends, neighbors and hard-working people of Grayson County, Briarpatch Metal Works, Paul’s and Quik Check, which survived a fire and came back.

  • Faith community's mission is to be more inclusive

    Editor’s note: This letter from the Carroll County Ministerial Association was read by the Rev. Amanda Hatfield Moore at a prayer vigil in Galax on July 24 held by Hearts United, which seeks to break down barriers between people and promote unity and peace. The movement began locally, in the wake of police shootings of black suspects around the country, and recent attacks on police officers.

    To the People of Carroll County:

  • Who will protect and serve police?

    Every law enforcement officer who buckles into a patrol car today does so with a heavy heart.

    Everyone who pins on a badge will do so with a mixed sense of frustration and exhaustion, anger and exasperation.

    These men and women have an incredibly difficult job. “Protect and serve” may be the mission, but the responsibilities we place on their shoulders are greater than many of us can imagine.

  • Information isn't flowing freely

    Dick Hammerstrom, a retired editor, is vice president of the Virginia Coalition for Open Government and chairman of the FOIA Committee of the Virginia Press Association. This column first appeared in the Free-Lance Star of Fredericksburg.

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe did not list transparency as a major theme in his campaign for the top elected office in the state. Of course, as any governor-elect would, he told reporters that he planned to run “an open and transparent administration.”

  • There is no Democratic presidential nominee yet

    About three years ago, three highly respected journalists, two from Virginia, one from Georgia, were fired by the Associated Press (AP) for allegedly reporting false information in a story on Virginia’s Governor McAuliffe, retracted shortly after its appearance. Now, the national AP has reported speculation as solid fact: no retraction, no repercussions.
    What did AP do? On June 6, before voters had exercised their constitutional rights in seven contests yet to vote, AP announced Hillary Clinton as the Democratic presidential nominee.

  • Support, prayers for Hampton appreciated

    We want to express our family’s gratitude for the support provided at the Galax breakfast benefit for Luke Hampton.
    The overwhelming support and prayers for Luke after his tragic life-changing accident are greatly appreciated. We are especially grateful for the organization and work of Marlene and Garry Adams and members of Trinity Baptist Church.

  • Time to recognize good customer service

    There have been negative comments about several local businesses. I want to do the opposite and mention local businesses that gave me great service.

    I had two 90-foot pine trees on the edge of a bank that could have crushed my house if they blew over. I asked around for a company with insurance and a license. Ramey’s showed up with a bucket truck and a crane and took down the trees.

    You can imagine the mess. Watching these guys rake and use a blower to get all of the twigs up and hauled away, I knew I picked a good company.