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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Firearms background checks deserve debate

    The expanded background check bill was blocked from debate by Republican leadership in the most undemocratic, heartless and shameful votes ever cast in our Senate!
    Since 92 percent of us want these checks, the vote of 54 for debate and 46 against should have ensured continuation of our democratic process.
    Four Democrats — Max Baucus of Montana, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Mark Begich of Alaska and Heidi Heitcamp of North Dakota — broke from their party and cast shameful votes against debate.

  • Take the moral high road

    I want to thank Mr. Bruce Noble for taking the time to comment on your arrest reports feature and asking others to do so.
    I also have been disappointed in our local newspaper for including such “journalism” on a regular basis.
    Anyone who believes that this feature will discourage criminal behavior probably also believes that capital punishment discourages murder.  This is wishful thinking.
    There are other publications that sensationalize the horrid photos you publish. Please leave this practice to others. You are better than this. Hopefully.

  • Greed driving healthcare costs

    What’s the difference in America’s health care system and organized crime? Simple. One is legal, the other is not.
    I am amazed that people just burden themselves nearly to death to pay outrageous health insurance premiums.
    What they should do is drop the health insurance, and write their lawmakers demanding that they put a stop to the runaway cost of health care.
    Health insurance companies are just another big fat greedy vulture in the system. And like the system, all they want is your money.

  • Community bands together to help Oklahoma

    In the wake of a deadly series of tornadoes that devastated the lives of thousands in Oklahoma, organizations in our community and all over are banding together to deliver relief in as many ways as they can.
    The Galax Fire Department, Cornerstone Church and God’s Pit Crew have joined to collect everything from food and basic items to money and prayers for the tornado victims.
    Woods River Chapter of the American Red Cross is also requesting monetary donations to help put together the relief kits.

  • Gazette should drop arrest report feature

    I write to express my disapproval of your paper’s ongoing publication of the names and mugshots of individuals arrested in the area.
    Your snapshot synopses of these people’s lives, condensed from one brief moment of misfortune, bad timing or stupidity in public serves no other purpose than to play into the smarmy politics of fear and sensationalism.
    A trend which, sadly, is rapidly replacing objective intelligent reporting of issues of some use to the public in their everyday affairs.

  • Modified foods are troubling

    I am experiencing a growing concern about genetically modified foods in the food chain.
    I have come to the conclusion that genetically modified foods are dangerous: they have been linked to immune disorders, endocrine disruption, sterility, birth defects, accelerated aging, allergies, and organ damage to name a few of the 65 different health risks involved.