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Today's Opinions

  • The high ground of morality

    My wife and I and another couple had a 10-year ritual of a Friday evening meal at a local eating establishment. We got to be good friends with the owners.
    I fondly recall those rendezvous, especially after losing my wife to extended illness this past spring.
    Another couple asked me to accompany them to this diner last week. One of the owners came over to greet us and informed me that Walter Bell died the previous week.

  • Y's Men thank community

    The Community Christmas Chest had a successful 2012 by furnishing 550 area families a food baskets in time for Christmas.
    The club, sponsors of the chest for the past 30 years, acknowledge and thank all those who helped make this project possible.
    Gene Cox, general chairman, organized the many necessary jobs in a masterful manner.
    The scope of this annual event required many working hand in hand. Individual donations contributed a major portion of the required funds, plus over 30 churches collected money that assisted greatly.

  • Help GES class win prize

    The United Commercial Travelers (UCT) asked schools to submit videos showing how a $10,000 prize would help their program for students with intellectual disabilities.
    Galax Local Council 720 is excited to announce that Galax Elementary School is among the nine finalists.
    To vote, log onto the UCT website at www.uct.org. Click the link for “UCT Gives Back Contest.” By clicking the link to watch the video for Galax Elementary School, you can then cast a vote for GES.

  • Would arming teachers make children safer?

    This Landmark News Service editorial was published in its original format in The Virginian-Pilot. It has been edited for The Gazette.

  • Bewildered by buzzards

    I am writing about your Jan. 14 article on the vultures in Galax.
    Your distinction between buzzards and vultures is a bit confusing, though. Your headline mentioned “black-winged buzzards and vultures,” when in fact both vulture species have predominantly black wings.
    You went on to say “the common buzzard more closely resembles a hawk.” This did not make any sense either.  What is a common buzzard?

  • Student curious about Virginia

    I am 11 years old and live in Washington state. I go to Conway School in Mount Vernon. I am a young fifth grader.
    At my school we do state reports, so, I chose the great state of Virginia, of course! We are supposed to write to some newspapers in our state, so I chose your town.
    I am writing to get more information and artifacts from the state.
    You can help by sending me stuff like magazines, key chains, maps, postcards, or any other artifacts that you think might be cool for my report.
    Thank you for taking my letter under consideration!

  • A look back at 2012 in Carroll County

    Sam Dickson is chairman of the Carroll County Board of Supervisors

  • Looking at the year ahead

    2012 will go out as debt-ridden, violent, political abuse of power, sock it to the taxpayer and demand for stricter gun control.
    2013 is shaping up as a repeat of the old wags. Political games, more taxes, spending control (a joke). So-called leaders in Congress call each other names, a $16.5 trillion deficit burdens this nation.
    GOP wants spending cuts, while the liberal agenda is tax and spend and don’t worry about it.
    In the middle of all this is Social Security and Medicare. Will it be there for the future?