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Today's Opinions

  • DJ will be missed at WBRF-FM

    I am writing to you from Lincolnshire in the United Kingdom. I rarely write to newspapers and have never written to one in America. However because I feel this matter is so important I am writing to The Gazette.
    Until a few months ago I had never heard of Galax. I didn't realize that Galax was also a “hub” to the world, a '”portal” over the airwaves that had listeners worldwide.
    I discovered “the most unique ride on radio” in the form of The Nightrider (Bruce Hodges) on your station WBRF.

  • Why not a pageant for inner beauty?

    It’s me again. This time I want to talk about beauty pageants.
    At the Miss Carroll County Fair pageant, I met a girl with the purest soul.  She didn’t even place. I can say for a fact that she wanted it more than anyone there.
    The judges don’t see the inward beauty, the purity of a soul, the intelligence, and the honor that’s there. The fact that she puts everyone before her.
    All the judges saw was a nervous girl with highlighted hair, and a lavender dress.

  • Religious freedom is under attack

    As an American and a follower of Jesus, I am shocked and embarrassed by the ongoing attacks on freedom of religion in our country.
    Our forefathers were committed to making this a country where freedom of religion was guaranteed, so much so that it is covered the first sentence in the First Amendment to our Constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
    Clearly it was their intention to be sure that in America everyone had the freedom to worship as they chose.

  • Lives lost to stress, worry

    I dedicate this letter to the families who have lost a loved one due to the taking of one’s life because of illness, pressure to pay the bills, trying to keep up in a fast-paced society, bullying at school and lacking a kind and understanding heart to talk to.
    There is an alarming rise in lives lost of one taking his or her life. This made even worse during those very difficult times many face every day.
    This affects all sectors of our nation. When it hits home, it is harder to cope.

  • Community support appreciated at benefit

    I would like to thank everyone who supported me in some way during my benefit.
    Thank you to family, friends, businesses, churches, the VFW, Fancy Gap Auction, "Close To Home" music ministry and the community for all your donations, time, prayers and support.

    Nolan Stone & Family
    Hillsville

  • Protect Parkway Vistas

    Millions of recreational travelers drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway annually, spending roughly $300 in gateway communities like Galax, Carroll and Grayson on each trip.

  • Hospital treatment praised

    I am an 87-year-old man and I have been in and out of hospitals all my life.
    Last week I was in Twin County Regional Hospital and I have never had any better care or treatment in my life.
    The doctors, nurses and entire staff were the best I have ever seen.
    I want to say thank you and God bless each one of you.
    Thank you so much.

    Perry Frye
    Galax

  • Christian 'control' of America unmandated

    In an Aug. 9-10 letter, writer Jeannette Watt laments the loss of Christian “control” of America.
    She fails to mention, however, just where it is mandated that Christians “control” America (nowhere), or just what rights Christians are losing.
    Longing for peace is certainly admirable, but not in the same breath as Christian “control.”
    Witness the Crusades, the Inquisition and the wholesale slaughter of entire populations.