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Today's Opinions

  • An unpopular move that saved lives

    Four years ago, Galax made a move that was so unpopular that many residents wrote letters and called city officials begging them not to pass such an unfair ordinance.

    From the public outcry, you’d have thought city council banned bacon or legalized kicking puppies.

    No, Galax lowered speed limits on some roads.

    In 2013, the Galax City Council, based on Police Chief Rick Clark’s recommendation, lowered the speed limit on a section of Stuart Drive from 45 mph to 35 mph.

  • Postal customers thanked for food drive participation

    The employees of the Galax Post Office and the local Letter Carrier Union #3621 want to thank all the customers in Galax and Woodlawn areas for their participation with the food drive that we had on May 13.
    We collected approximately 5,016 pounds of food for Willing Partners food bank. All of the food will stay local and be distributed locally.
    We thank everyone for the assistance.
    Margie Crockett
    Postmaster, Galax

  • At last, Virginia addresses backlog of untested rape kits

    More than 3,000 rape kits — some up to 25 years old — are finally being tested in Virginia in an effort to determine if any of the cases can be solved even at so late a date.

    Attorney General Mark Herring announced earlier this month that a $2 million federal grant will pay for testing nearly 1,250 kits that were collected from 2014 to 2016, but were never sent to a lab for analysis.

  • EMF from transmission lines poses no threat

    Do transmission lines negatively impact human and animal health? Mounting research shows we have no cause for concern.
    To ensure safety, all electric wiring systems must be properly grounded. Small currents may flow from these grounding points, and are called neutral-to-earth voltages. Some of this is stray voltage that comes into contact with livestock and may cause behavioral changes.
    Transmission developers try to avoid and mitigate stray voltage. Usually, this means siting transmission lines a certain distance from distribution lines.

  • Northam best choice in Virginia Democratic primary

    Please remember to vote in the primary election on June 13 at your regular precinct.  We Democrats are choosing a candidate for governor and a candidate for lieutenant governor.
    My choice for governor is Dr. Ralph Northam. He is our present lieutenant governor. As lieutenant governor he is president of the Virginia Senate.  He knows our Virginia legislators and has done an excellent job working with Gov. McAuliffe.

  • Choose Periello as candidate for governor

    Tuesday is the Democratic and Republican primary for Virginia governor. Each voter on entering the polls requests either the Democratic or the Republican ballot.
    The two candidates for governor in the Democratic Primary are Tom Perriello and Ralph Northam.
    Perriello served in Congress for the 5th Congressional   District. Perriello is opposed to fracking and to pipelines, and has refused to take money from Dominion Energy, which backs fracking and pipelines.

  • 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.