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Today's Opinions

  • Even bigots guaranteed freedom of speech, assembly

    I can’t work up any good thoughts about the white supremacists who marched with torches and Klan regalia in Charlottesville. But I didn’t see any violence until a white protester launched a punch across a police barricade.

  • School system should have saved up for field work

    While being a current athlete and coach, I am excited about the possibility of having a smooth surface to play on, however the priorities of the city has been to increase education, create jobs and grow tourism.
    A revamped field does not address these concerns. While discipline and physical education is a byproduct of athletics, the current field has not prevented our football team and soccer team from winning state titles.

  • Charlottesville violence raises many questions

    I know how President Trump can satisfy the mainstream media and liberal politicians over the Charlottesville national disgrace. Just admit the truth by stating, on Twitter, that “the police acted stupidly.”
    This is a tried and true approach the media has already endorsed and will improve race relations dramatically. Maxine Waters might even lay off a couple hours as the confusion created will temporarily shut her race-baiting, obnoxious piehole.

  • Wolf deserves recognition in Galax

    I have just read an opinion regarding the need to recognize McKinley Wolf at the Galax High School. I second the need.
    As a native of Galax and graduate I knew him well, as well as his mother. I am still supporting Galax High through the foundation.
    It is men like Mr. Wolf that has made students better people and citizens.
    Thank you.
    Walter B. Blair
    Cincinnati, Ohio

    Editor’s note: Wolf was a custodian at Galax Elementary School.

  • Saving our poorest localities

    James W. “Will” Morefield (R-Tazewell) represents the 3rd District in the Virginia House of Delegates. He plans to submit legislation to the General Assembly that would exempt all residents and corporations from personal and corporate income tax for a period of 10 years in some of Virginia’s poorest counties.

  • A double standard in sentencing?

    I was shocked when I read the article titled “Former rescue captain gets second chance,” in the July 7-9, 2017 paper.
    Then I thought about my own dealings I have had with the courts and it moved to anger.
    I’ve heard this story from so many different people from all walks of life and mostly it always ends in prison, which is where I am.
    What makes this case different? It said in the article that he was convicted in 2010 of possession of morphine, but it was dismissed as a result of the first offender law.

  • 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.