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Today's Opinions

  • Hotline readers raise veteran's morale

    A special thank you to all the wonderful Gazette readers who responded to
    the Hotline call for cheering up a vet.
    My dad, Osby Norman, WWII D-Day and Korean War vet, received many nice prayers, cards and letters. The effect was miraculous on his morale and outlook on life.
    He will be coming home from rehab next week.
    The Norman family is grateful for the outpouring of love, respect and appreciation for his service.
    Thank you all again. We are all deeply moved.
    Michael Norman
    Woodlawn

     

  • GHS 1951 grad looking for classmates

    I just want to say that on June 12, 1951, I graduated from Galax High School.
    I wanted to say “hello” to the class and to remember the ones gone on.
    If anyone from my class could write me a line, I would love to hear from you.
    Class of ’51, 60 years ago.
    Dorothy Leonard Stoots
    Patrick Springs

  • Electric rates reflect costs

    Charles Patton is president and chief operating officer of APCo

  • Not just a day off

    Amid the backyard barbecues and trips to the beach today, let us not forget the true meaning behind Memorial Day. It's not an excuse for a sale, or the official beginning of summer; nor is it just another day off from work.
    Celebrated since May 30, 1868, Memorial Day is a time to remember the men and women who have fought and died for our freedoms, in conflicts throughout history.

  • Letter writer disrespected Pope

    In response to the vitriolic and verbose letter of Kenneth Wayne published in the April 5 issue of the Gazette, apparently he has many axes to grind.
    In his attempt to besmirch the Pope, he wrote “the Pope’s title is VICARIUS FILLI DEI, which blasphemously means 'In place of the Son of God.'"
    The proper translation from Latin to English in Roman Catholic usage is “Representing the Son of God.”
    Mr. Wayne’s use of “in place of” gives an entirely different connotation.

  • Singers, radio station appreciated

    I don’t know who organized the “Sing A Song To God” in April, but a gold star to whoever did.
    I don’t know when I’ve enjoyed anything any more than listening to all those young people singing songs about God.
    He is so important to our young people. Also to older people, too.
    If I could have, I would have given all of them first place. God bless each performer.
    To another subject: WBRF radio’s new format. I listen to the station and although I enjoy the classics, I also enjoy hearing the new country hits too.

  • P.O. food drive was successful

    The city letter carriers, rural carriers and employees of the Galax Post Office express thanks and gratitude for a very successful food drive on May 14.
    We collected approximately 5,400 pounds of food that went directly to Willing Partners. This was an increase from last year of approximately 1,000 pounds.
    We thank all the volunteers that came and helped unload food from our vehicles and loaded it on Willing Partners’ truck.
    Thanks again to all the citizens of Galax.
    Galax Post Office employees
     

  • Lack of cooperation costly

    The Carroll County Board of Supervisors and the Public Service Authority have asked that we respond to the open letter to citizens of the Town of Hillsville concerning the substantial increase of water and sewer rates the town council is imposing on town citizens.
    On June 14, 2010, Mayor Tate signed the Commission on Local Government’s submission for the annexation of Exit 14. It stated that the county and PSA would provide services in the area of the proposed annexation and that all water and sewer issues are resolved between the town and county.