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Today's Opinions

  • Fries needs new leadership

    The reason Fries is in a mess due to the lack of leadership, planning and downright greed.
    Fries is not a resort community. Fries is a wonderful place to live, with much to offer in the way of beauty and the kindness of citizens.
    I am not running for office. My concern is only for Fries and the people.
    A benefit paid for by citizens is garbage collection. Collection has been modified by town council to satisfy the wants of our garbage contractor.

  • May 1 election is crucial for Fries

    This letter concerns the Town of Fries town election on May 1.
    This is the most controversial and crucial election to ever occur in this town.
    The issues that concern citizens are: golf carts on streets, charging unnecessary excessive rates on water and sewer utility bills, unaffordable train station, possibility of raising real estate taxes.
    I have lived in Fries for 46 years, served on town council two terms and also as mayor.
    As far back as I can remember, Fries has been an affordable community to live and raise a family.

  • Focus on meeting children's needs

    Smart Beginnings Twin County/Galax invited citizens of Southwest Virginia to come together during the national Week of the Young Child, April 22-28.
    As part of this annual recognition across the country, we honor young children and all those who make a difference in children’s lives.
    All young children need and deserve high‑quality early learning experiences that will prepare them for success in school and in life. The Week of the Young Child was a time for Southwest Virginia to recognize that the early years are learning years for our youngest citizens.

  • Don't turn back clock on America

    The last time I checked, this is 2012 and not the 1960s.
    What a sad and disgusting time in our country when some want to turn back the clock to the days of racial divide, violence, acid tongue. Morons who proclaim to be peacemakers and men of the cloth who are wolves that come in sheep’s clothing.
    A few in our society have never grown up. They are wet behind he ears and out of sync with reality and the real world.

  • Training center is only home residents know

    By Barbara Holmes of Galax

  • New supervisors promote openness

    Carroll County voters received a significant dividend for their vote for change in government when two of the newly-elected supervisors courageously broke ranks and blew the whistle on the board’s unnecessarily closed informational meeting with prospective wind farm developers.
    This was a clash of the old way — criticized for overuse of executive sessions, with the new — a promise of more open and inclusive government.

  • TCRH staff commended for service

    Twin County Regional Hospital sponsored a volunteer appreciation dinner in Galax on April 16.
    Linda Belcher and the hospital staff did an excellent job in coordinating, decorating and hosting the wonderful event.
    It is nice to be acknowledged for services rendered. But if you want to witness dedication, professionalism, compassion and caring, spend some time observing the nurses, medical staff and various area EMT groups that work tirelessly in the emergency room at the hospital.
    They are the ones who deserve a special thank you from everyone.

  • Mentally disabled need adequate care

    This Landmark News Service editorial first appeared in the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk.