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Today's Opinions

  • With winds calmed, a bright future for solar?

    It’s a breath of fresh air knowing that the future does not hold nine more months of discussion on a proposed tall structures ordinance by the Carroll County supervisors.
    That proposal filled the atmosphere with hot air for a long while after it became public knowledge that a wind energy farm was being considered for Stoots Mountain, near the Wythe-Carroll line.
    County officials developed the tall structures ordinance in answer to that alternative energy study.

  • Support for Kim Hill

    I often hear people say that it’s a shame there aren’t more bright, capable people willing to serve and run for public office. Kim Hill is this and more. Here is your chance to support someone who is intelligent, capable and truly cares about Grayson County and its people. Her only agenda is making Grayson County a better place to live and work in.

  • A monument for the people, by the people

    This year’s Memorial Day marked the dedication of the POW/MIA section of the Blue Ridge Veterans Memorial, and veterans — along with families, friends and other members of a caring community — gathered around the site that morning to see the birth of the area’s newest tribute to sacrifice in the line of service.

  • Help in a time of need

    I would like to take this opportunity to say a very deep and heartfelt “thank you” to some very special people.
    First, the volunteer fire department of Galax.
    When our house caught fire on May 10, these guys fought valiantly to save our home and possessions. Though everything was lost, it was certainly not from a lack of trying.

  • Business practice questioned

    I think dentists nowadays are greedy.
    I have had an appointment with a dentist to get a tooth pulled. I didn’t expect my car to mess up, so when I called the morning of the appointment and explained the situation, I offered to pay half.
    They refused.
    My tooth abscessed and needs to be pulled. I live on a fixed income and have kids of my own, but no insurance.
    I have been going there and always paid up front. But this time, I couldn’t pay upfront, and was refused. I think that’s a little bit dirty.

  • Squad puts patient's needs first when arranging transport

    Jason Felts of Galax is 1st Lieutenant with Pipers Gap Rescue Squad Inc.

  • Chemical toxicity questioned

    So you’ve seen or heard the helicopter circling for hours.
    Grayson County will now be blanketed with pesticides, insecticides and fertilizers for all us victims to breathe in, contaminating your food by falling on your gardens, causing an uptake through the skin, especially if your children walk bare foot, drinking it as it lands onto the waterways also known to have leaching issues and having aquatic and animal toxicity.
    Watch your pond fish and animals.

  • Move over to protect those who protect us

    The death of a local tow truck operator on Interstate 77 is a stark reminder that Virginia's "Move Over" law also applies to these first responders, just as it does to police, fire and rescue workers assisting motorists on our highways.
    In fact, Virginia State Police issued a reminder alert about the Move Over law just two days before Russell Nelson of Hillsville was struck by a vehicle and killed over the Memorial Day weekend.