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Today's Opinions

  • Smith family thanks community

    The Smith family, who lost their belongings in a house fire on Commonwealth Road, would like to thank everyone for all their donations, thoughts and prayers.
    Everyone came together to help our family and we are truly grateful.
    Bettie Lineberry
    Galax

  • 'Tragedy' play would be a powerful event

    By Gene Dalton of Hillsville

    The Carroll County Centennial Citizens Committee should rethink its decision to not do a play or some type of production on the 100th anniversary of the “Carroll County Courthouse tragedy.”
    While growing up in Carroll County, I often heard about the “Hillsville courthouse shooting.” It is a major piece of local and national history.
    So, I was disappointed to hear of the decision. It's a most interesting story.

  • Team thanks community

    The Galax Varsity boys’ basketball team wants to thank our community for supporting us on our journey to the State Championship.
    This has been such a wonderful, exciting and proud moment in our lives, but none of it could have been possible without you.
    We give all of the honor and glory to God as we quote one of our favorite verses, Phil 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!”

  • Woman seeks stationery for collection

    I am writing to newspapers across the country to request help on my current collection.
    I am an autistic person who collects stationery in the form of note cards and letter paper. I am searching to extend my collection and I am collecting stationery from all parts of the country.
    My contact information follows, if anyone in your area is interested in donating stationery to my collection: 3315 Treece Road, Hornbeak, Tenn. 38232-3039.
    Elysia Duke

  • Let post office adapt to survive

    The United States Postal Service is careening toward insolvency, with projections showing it finishing another year spending far more than it earns.
    A report issued this month by the Government Accountability Office revealed the postal service posted a net loss of $329 million in the first quarter of the current fiscal year.
    It's on pace to lose $6.4 billion through September, barely has $1 billion in cash reserves and plans to borrow billions more this year from the U.S. Treasury, pushing its debt level to the maximum allowed by law — $15 billion.

  • Celebrate music in schools

    March is designated as “Music in Our Schools Month” by The National Association for Music Education.
    The purpose is to acknowledge the role music plays in the lives of children as they progress through the public school experience, and how music education has a life-changing impact.
    This year’s theme is “Music Lasts a Lifetime.”

  • Sheriff gives victim's family hope

    I'd like to share a little about our son, Brandon Billings who was murdered in 2002, which was the most devastating thing a parent could go through.
    Brandon has been dead for eight years. The first five years, nothing was done. When Sheriff Vaughan went into office, he found Brandon's case files packed away in a closet like it was nothing.

  • Keep government open, accessible

    This is Sunshine Week. No, that doesn’t mean we’ll have temperatures above 60 and be able to soak up rays for seven days, though that would be nice.
    Sunshine Week is when citizens of this great democratic nation and we as journalists highlight, illuminate and enlighten the necessity for a transparent government.