Today's Opinions

  • Update tax policy to help rebuild schools

    Gov. Bob McDonnell, U.S. Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner, Rep. Eric Cantor and former governors George Allen and Tim Kaine wrote this commentary supporting congressional legislation to encourage private interests to renovate older school buildings so that they could be used as modern educational facilities. Webb and Warner have introduced the bill, “The Rehabilitation of Historic Schools Act of 2011.

  • Public notices should be public

    A Landmark News Service editorial

  • Lamb's Table feeds the needy

    Kristy Pollard’s letter to the editor concerning "Lamb's Table" touched my heart and I would like to thank her for the kind words.
    I would also like to expound on them. "Lamb’s Table" is more than one year old and has served more than 5,000 meals since its inception.
    We offer a meal every Tuesday from 5 to 6 p.m. and everyone is invited to share a meal with us.
    Meals are also delivered to those in the community who cannot come to the fellowship hall of Independence First United Methodist Church.

  • Delegate-elect thanks voters

    I would like to thank the residents of the Fifth House District for the opportunity to serve as your Delegate in the Virginia General Assembly.
    I am honored, humbled and excited by the opportunity.
    I firmly believe Southwest Virginia’s best days are still ahead, and I am committed to doing everything I can to make that a reality.
    While I do not have all the answers or any quick fixes, I promise to work hard every day for you.

  • Social Security myths set straight

    Over the past few months, I have heard so much misinformation about Social Security that I feel compelled to set the record straight.
    I have worked at the Social Security office in Wytheville for more than four years and have been a Social Security employee for almost seven years.
    During that time, I have learned a great deal about how the program works. So here are some facts for your readers to consider:

  • Veterans Day program commended

    This letter is to commend all concerned with the outstanding program that was presented on Veterans Day at Carroll County Intermediate School in Hillsville.
    This ceremony was definitely over the top with patriotism, love of God and love of country.
    From the performance of Junior ROTC members, the chorus, the band, the speeches by Gracie and Kymbre, who had won the patriotic essay contest, keynote speaker Lt. Col. Byron Penland (commander of the Radford Arsenal), Mr. Thompson, the CCIS principal, and the student body, perfection prevailed.

  • Lambs Table program is a blessing

    I want to thank First United Methodist Church in Independence for the free Lambs Table dinner it gives every Tuesday.
    You can give if you can, but you are not expected to.
    My son is disabled and had been isolated in his home for quite some time. This church opened up to him and he now lives for the Tuesday dinner.
    They come and get him and take him to the church and then back home when it is over.

  • Support small businesses during holiday season

    By KATHY COLE, Galax