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Today's Opinions

  • Reflecting on WCC’s past year

    Dr. Dean Sprinkle is president of Wytheville Community College

    With the start of a new year, it’s timely to reflect on the prior year at Wytheville Community College. I have had the privilege of serving as WCC’s president for the past year and a half, and I have been overwhelmed and humbled by how the college faculty, staff, students and communities have welcomed me and my wife, Janie.

  • Beyond Obamacare

    By Rep. Morgan Griffith

    Every day brings new word of the damage Obamacare has inflicted on our healthcare system. As long as this law is on the books, it will diminish the quality, affordability, and choice of healthcare for everyday Americans.

    In the seven years since Obamacare became law, the promises made by its creators have been broken.

    President Obama told us that we could keep our doctors. You can’t always. President Obama told us we could keep our insurance if we liked it. You can’t.

  • Twin Counties fortunate to have regional cooperation

    I want to thank The Gazette for its Jan. 2 editorial about the cooperation that has lifted Grayson County and its school system out of financial difficulties and put the budget and curriculum on firm footing.
    From my work in the non-profit sector, I see a lot of talented, dedicated people working together for our children and our future, without the partisan divisions that hamper cooperation at the national and even the state level.

  • Republicans could dismantle social insurance programs

    During his campaign, Donald Trump promised to protect Medicare and Social Security, but we are quickly seeing an administration rushing to dismantle the great social insurance programs that have protected Americans from dire poverty for decades.

    Only a day after the election, Speaker Paul Ryan resurrected his plan to replace Medicare with a voucher program allowing seniors to buy private health insurance.

  • Firefighters commended for a job well done

    In the afternoon on New Year’s Day, a neighbor on my road ignited a large brush pile on his property.

    Even though it was drizzling rain, it soon started to burn out of control. He did everything he could to keep it under control but it sent hot embers onto our house and deck.

    He immediately called Galax Volunteer Fire Department. They quickly responded and soon had it under control.

    I commend the fire department and what a great job they did.

    Thank you, Galax Volunteer Fire Department!

    Curtis Mooney

  • Concert an example of music as a vital part of learning

    Well, if you can’t have bragging rights as a grandparent or parent, when can you!

    The Dec. 11 concert by the Grayson County combined concert groups was fantastic.

    It is an example of what can be done to develop youngsters in so many ways, while building their self-confidence and self-esteem, and learning about working together as a team, to create fun and diverse pieces and works of art.

    Sports receive the most moneyed and media attention, but music is a vital part of learning, and just as important.

  • 2016 EDITORIAL AWARDS

    Finding the funny in a year like 2016 was no easy task.

    We lost pop culture icons, endured putrid politics and, locally, suffered through some horrible events.

    The year-end awards editorial is usually a roast of those people and news stories that made us chuckle — Seriously, all those previous award editorials were supposed to be funny. No, really! — but it was a daunting effort this year.

  • Success takes more than leadership; it takes teamwork

    The most memorable part of 2016 (now matter how hard we try to forget) was the highly publicized and at many times, controversial, presidential election. While the results brought about equal parts celebration and panic, we can’t deny that politics on a local level in Grayson County did a better job of bringing people together — even in times of opposition and tragedy.