Today's Opinions

  • Police chief thanks many for flea market success

    I would like to extend my thanks and appreciation to several people, groups, and organizations for all the services they provided to the Hillsville Police Department during the 2013 VFW Labor Day Gun Show and Flea Market:
    VFW Grover King Post 1115 for help with preparation and planning.
    The Hundley family, Lacy Bowman and family, and Glenn Jackson and family.
    Mayor Greg Crowder, Town Manager Travis Jackson, and Engineer Steve Bowman who were personally out in the trenches making sure everyone was in compliance with all ordinances and procedures.

  • Aging population deserves better

    It wasn’t a terribly long time ago when the senior citizens of our community were held in the highest regard.
    But in today’s world, it seems like their place in society has steadily fallen to an alarmingly low priority when it comes to government funding. The cuts to District Three’s programs for the aging are a clear example.
    Beginning in October, the organization will see a $100,000 drop in support for these programs, making this the third year in a row where it has had to cut corners in these same areas.

  • A Tribute to Audrey Hash Ham

    by Walter T. Messick, Mouth of Wilson

  • TCRH adjusts to challenges of healthcare industry

    By Twin County Regional Hospital Administration

  • Don't be so quick to judge speed changes

    With the economy being in the shape that it’s in, the last thing anyone wants is a traffic ticket.
    So, it was easy to predict the onslaught of complaints and attacks towards the city’s Traffic Safety Committee for its recent request to lower speed limits on several streets in Galax, notably the stretch of blacktop that goes to the eastern limits of Galax, starting at Country Club Lane.
    The speed limit there used to be 45 mph, and the limit would then decrease to 35 mph going down the hill towards the western city limits.

  • Appreciation for our youth

    I have been retired from Duke University for six years and have lived in the Galax area since.
    I took a job at Galax High School in transportation as a part-time bus driver, and with the high school as a substitute teacher.
    During my tenure at Galax Schools it has been one of the most satisfying experiences of my career. The professionalism of the school staff and the respect from the students is outstanding.
    The staff was always caring and concerned on how the students should respect everyone on campus and outside of campus.

  • Students' safety trumps convenience

    If you’re polite enough to hold the door at the front of a Carroll County Public School facility, then you’re kind of missing the point.
    The most important issue at the schools is safety, not Miss Manners-approved behavior.
    While it may chaff one’s sensibilities, it is not a good idea to help someone else circumvent the security measures at schools.
    People will have to get used to these brand new security measures at Carroll schools, which means resisting the urge to assist others.

  • ECVFD thanks community for support

    The weather was perfect and the Grayson County Fiddler’s Convention went off without a hitch, until we had transformer problems late Saturday night.
    The Elk Creek Volunteer Fire Department does a great deal of planning for the fiddler’s convention prior to the event, but it is all of our community volunteers that help make it happen. The Elk Creek Volunteer Fire Department is truly a community fire department.