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Today's Opinions

  • State ethics police should police ethics

    In theory, a state ethics commission would curb questionable behavior and unseemly practices by elected officials.
    Such a council could resolve questions and quandaries involving lawmakers and public workers. It could define the gray areas of operating in the public sphere. Its very presence could even act as a deterrent to unethical behavior.
    All of that, however, depends on a few basic principles. An effective ethics council must be fair. It must be transparent. It must engender public trust and confidence. And violations must have consequences.

  • While the Americans were sleeping

    We Americans do nothing as these politicians and these cop shops have turned our home town into a sanctuary for these illegal Mexican criminals and their Mexican drug trafficking. Harboring and aiding criminals is a crime.
    All the money taken from the American people and borrowed from China for these politicians and cop shops and for Homeland Security are the end results.
    Each year millions of these criminal Mexicans, drugs, terrorist cells and weapons flow freely across the Mexican border into the United States and into our communities.

  • Tariffs alone won't restart U.S. economy

    By Nancy Liebrecht, Galax

    During an oil change at Hines Tire in Fries, I was chatting with the guys there when one fellow, a former textile worker, remarked that tariffs will bring back manufacturing to the US.

  • Carroll sheriff responds to questions

    Editor’s note: The Gazette asked Carroll Sheriff J.B. Gardner to reply to this Hotline caller’s comments, and he wrote the following lengthy explanation. Here is the original call:

  • Restoring rights to felons: redemption or politics?

    Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Salem, has represented Virginia’s Ninth Congressional District since 2011. The district includes Carroll and Grayson counties and Galax. He previously was majority leader in the Virginia House of Delegates.

  • A legal, moral authority to restore rights

    This editorial first appeared in the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk.

    Sometimes in politics, the most effective maneuver is to do nothing. Especially when your adversary is making a huge mistake.

    Republican lawmakers in Richmond are desperately trying to make hay of Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s decision to restore the civil rights of 200,000 ex-convicts who have served their time and completed all requirements for supervised release, probation or parole.

  • Wickedness will bring God's wrath on America

    I love America. And I don’t say that nonchalantly.

    America is truly the greatest nation on earth. Because (so far), we have the freedoms and opportunities that other nations only dream of.

    The Christian religion is what made America great. It wasn’t lying politicians and God haters (nor Islam), that get all the media attention today.

    Our nation began with leaders who had high moral standards, which today, are few and far between. And thus, God blessed it to become what it is.

  • Memorial Day has special significance in Galax this year

    By Frank Plichta, Galax

    For many families, Memorial Day is a most sacred time to remember their family members who served in the Armed Forces and sacrificed all that they had, to preserve the freedoms that we enjoy today.

    Many thousands fell on the battlefields around the world, some never to return home and some that are still missing after many years. Still many more returned home and lived out their lives in their communities for which they fought unselfishly.