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Today's Opinions

  • Ode to the Carico Bridge

    Ruby Johnson of Galax submitted this poem about the old Carico Bridge, over the New River on Virginia 94 in Grayson County. The metal truss bridge, built in 1927, was closed last year due to safety concerns and replaced with a new bridge that opened June 15.
    "It has always been there since I was a child, and before," Johnson said. "It is one of two that I know of in Western Virginia. The other one is over at Ravens Cliff, off the Carsonville Road," also in Grayson County.

    The Carico Bridge

  • Authors event a success

    On behalf of Chapters Bookshop and “Authors on Grayson Street,” we thank everyone that had a part in making the “Authors on Grayson Street” a huge success.
    Some 40 authors and publishers were under the big tent on Grayson Street on Friday and Saturday of the Leaf & String Festival held June 10-11.
    Many sponsors provided food and other items for the “Breakfast With The Authors” and the “Authors’ Hospitality Area.”

  • Area is blessed with musical talent

    What’s this I hear? There’s mountain music in them thar hills.
    I dedicate this letter in memory of the following who kept up the heritage of bluegrass and old-time music through their talent and personality — Houston Caldwell, Alan Martin, Barbara Poole and Greg Hooven.
    Time passes and things change but not the music we are accustomed to hearing since way back in the horse and buggy days.

  • Sportsmanship in the face of adversity

    On June 14 at Felts Park in Galax, I witnessed the most poorly officiated game of baseball in the history of the game itself.
    The Carroll County Indians were given every bad call imaginable. The umpires refused to be questioned and threatened to eject the team’s coaches from the game.
    Parents became upset with the treatment of their children and decided to take them home so that they couldn’t be cheated.
    The teams refused to leave, stating: “We came to play!”

  • Shelter policies need to change

    Mandy Price-Moin of Durham, N.C., is a Galax native who volunteers with animal rescue operations.

    Would you be upset if your family pet was put to death before you found it or someone else had a chance to adopt it?
    I know I would be. In fact, I’m furious because this is happening in my hometown at the Galax-Carroll-Grayson Regional Animal Shelter.

  • Foundation apologizes for sudden cancellation

    The Historic 1908 Courthouse Foundation apologizes for any inconvenience due to the sudden cancellation of the Civil War encampment re-enactment scheduled for June 10-13.
    Circumstances were beyond the control of the foundation and the short time did not allow us to contact the local papers in time to post the cancellation.
    The foundation thanks the 63rd/54th Virginia Infantry Descendants Association for their efforts to pull an encampment together. We also thank The Gazette and The Declaration newspapers for their support of the event.

  • Fees should be waived

    I was saddened and felt great empathy for Emily Booth and her daughter written about in this past Friday’s Galax Gazette, upon learning the daughter had been denied her diploma on graduation day [due to a school policy regarding unpaid fees].
    Therefore, I decided to do a little research and here is what I found: Whomever levies a fee at school must also supply the parent with a clearly stated fee waiver that the parent can apply for.

  • Leave Medicare, Social Security alone

    Our message to you, Mr. Congressman is as follows:
    We like Social Security as it is. It has served to save seniors from absolute poverty for more than 70 years. Do not privatize or dismantle it.
    We like Medicare as it is. It has saved the lives of millions of our people for over four decades. You may tweak it. You may remove duplication, waste and fraud, but do not dismantle or privatize it.
    We like Medicaid as it is. It has served as a buffer for our most vulnerable citizens for decades. You may cute the waste, fraud and abuse, but do not dismantle it.