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Today's Opinions

  • Despite steep cost, curvy road at least needs warning signs

    As Grayson County citizens sign a petition to get the Virginia Department of Transportation to erect better warning signs for unsuspecting truckers traveling on Comers Rock Road, people in Carroll County are no doubt feeling a little déjà vu.

  • IRS 'scandal' lacks proof, is politically motivated

    A recent news flash stated, “The IRS has been caught targeting conservative groups!”
    If our media had substituted the word “accused” for “caught,” their “news flash” would have been true.
    To make matters worse, CNN reporter Candy Crowley, asked Rep. Darrell Issa, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee, “what is your gut feeling?”

  • Hope House thanks youth for supply drive

    The Galax Hope House expresses appreciation to Dylan Bedwell for sharing such wonderful birthday blessings.
    The much-needed supplies came to us in two truckloads of food items, supplies and many other items.
    They were delivered by Dylan, his family and friends after his birthday party. They helped us to get all the items unloaded and inside.

  • Repeal of zoning would be harmful to Grayson

    The largest investment most people make is buying a home, which is protected under existing zoning laws.
    Without zoning, property values will plummet if a neighbor decides to set up a hog lot, a nightclub with exotic dancers, or junkyard next door.
    Health and safety also suffers when we can’t even prevent convicted sexual predators from moving in next to the school.
    Zoning helps protect private investment by providing those who purchase property with certainty about the future.

  • Remember the elderly at Christmas time

    Not only do we need to be sure and remember all the little children this time of year, we also need to think about any elderly people who live alone.
    A visit, a kind word, a Christmas card or a small gift to warm their hearts so they don’t feel left out.
    I am enclosing a poem I wrote. It gives you something to think about:

    The Old Man
    No Christmas tree in this house.
    No wreath upon the door.
    The old man spends Christmas alone once more.
    Forgotten by his children, and by his neighbors he is ignored.

  • Song about Independence deserves to be heard

    Did you know Independence, Va., has its own song? Well, it does, and it’s one of the prettiest songs you’ll ever hear.
    A while back I was doing a YouTube search for my hometown. A song popped up played by the April Verch Band, named “Independence, Va.”
    I couldn’t believe what I was hearing!  Surely this was a mistake.

  • Volunteer to help Santa instead of complaining

    To the [Readers Hotline caller] wanting to read letters to Santa, he or she might consider volunteering as Santa’s helper as a letter reader and filling wish list requests for Christmas presents.
    Santa might send one of his elves and Rudolph to provide transportation for him or her in his sleigh.
    Raymond Worrell
    Ennice, N.C.

  • Library book review could benefit from variety of viewpoints

    The Galax High School Library Book Committee was recently formed to create a screening matrix for books coming into the high school library.
    The group is made up of a handful of individuals, including school officials, parents and one honor student. And while they plan to get input from the community on this issue, Superintendent Bill Sturgill noted that he wants to be careful about the group’s size, since too many voices could halt productivity.