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Today's Opinions

  • Playground 2000 needs maintenance

    A little more than 10 years ago, the people and businesses of this community came together in an unprecedented effort and raised more than $125,000 to provide a safe and fun place to play for our children and those of travelers.
    When we are there with our children and see so many happy kids running, sliding and swinging, we are proud to have been a part of that effort. We are concerned that this gift from the people of the county is not being maintained with that same pride.

  • Playground issues are being addressed

    We were made aware of some issues last summer (2010) after our scheduled inspection by VACO safety inspectors. During that meeting we discussed potential safety issues and how to fix them.
    Carroll Parks and Recreation and the county maintenance department reviewed a repair list and made plans to resolve the problems.

  • Conservation easements can benefit taxpayers

    David G. Yolton is a land trust board member.

    In the New River Valley, we face a huge challenge:  How do we preserve the bounty of nature and our rich natural resources, the envy of many on this planet?
    The New River Land Trust is a non-profit organization committed to conserving farmland, forests, open spaces, and historic places in Virginia’s New River region, including the counties of Bland, Carroll, Giles, Floyd, Grayson, Montgomery, Pulaski, Wythe, and the cities of Galax and Radford.

  • Wealth never 'trickles down'

    During the late 1970s, a group of rich and powerful men got together to plan the neoconservative revolution, hoping to establish a 100-year reign of Republican control of the government.
    They hoped to do away with labor unions, Aid to Dependent Children, Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security. They also hoped to eliminate import tariffs (free trade) so they could make an end run around worker health and safety laws, minimum wages and environmental laws by farming out their jobs to third world countries.

  • Family appreciates kindness

    Recently, while visiting Galax for a doctor appointment, my daughter left her purse in the Walmart shopping cart.
    Since she’s 11, I was somewhat concerned, but more so when she explained she had left her birthday money in it.
    With her grandparents’ help, we contacted the local Walmart service center to discover they had found it. They graciously held it at the service desk until our next appointment day when we stopped by.

  • Prevent animal cruelty

    By Suzanne Collins, Twin County Humane Society

    Twin County Humane Society reminds the public that April is Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month.
    Recognizing animal cruelty is not always simple. What constitutes animal cruelty or abuse?
    Unintentional abuse usually occurs when someone is ignorant of the proper way to care for a pet.

  • Sign is victim of vandalism

    This is in response to the comments about Deer Haven Estates.
    Residents go to great length to maintain a clean and attractive neighborhood. However, the sign seems to invite vandalism by persons unknown.
    I have repaired it in the past and have hired someone to repair the sign again this spring when weather permits.
    The letters cannot be replaced, so the letters that have been broken will be repaired.

  • Keep ban on Sunday ABC sales

    Concerning the Town of Independence changing the alcohol law on Sunday sales to gain more revenue, Mr. Blevins should read his Bible and ask God what should be done.
    Crime, heartache, drunken drivers, children going without — are only a few of the things that go along with the alcohol business.
    God is going to judge. It’s time we stand for what’s right.
    Jesus is coming back and we need to do what is right and honest instead of seeing how much more evil we can do.
    Ada M. Rice
    Galax