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Today's Opinions

  • Frustration grows on flooded street

    Most people who live in the Twin Counties will agree: the weather has been tough on us for the past few months.
    Starting at the end of December, we were hit with rain, snow and ice. Some loved the opportunity to snuggle up at home and take a “snow day,” while others hated it because they still had to drive ― and sometimes slide ― to and from work in the slushy muck.
    But even those who fit into the latter were the lucky ones, compared to the residents of Givens Street in Galax.

  • Cicada swarm will have benefits

    This spring, cicadas will emerge along the East Coast after 17 years underground.
    These friendly bugs are causing a lot of buzz — and not just because of the drum-like “love song” that male cicadas make to attract females.
    Cicadas are a boon to the local ecosystem. Cicada nymphs construct chimney-like tunnels as they emerge, naturally aerating the soil even better than earthworms do. The tunnels remain, allowing more water to reach trees’ roots.

  • We are living in a violent society

    In dedication and in memory of a sheriff in West Virginia and a 35-year veteran of the Virginia State Police who were brutally killed while sitting in their patrol cars.
    In our violent society, losers continue to take lives of the ones who protect and serve the public. If this isn’t bad enough, an evil heart is now going after court officials and firefighters.
    The scumbags of the earth who don’t have a life. They live in misery and have respect for nothing. They take their spite out on authorities, children and elderly.

  • Sheriff recognizes emergency dispatchers

    By Carroll County Sheriff John B. Gardner

  • Put downtown Galax ideas into action

    The Galax City Council recently viewed the results of a survey of the downtown area conducted by RKG Associates. Over the course of several months, they carefully studied the area to pinpoint its strengths and weaknesses, and determined what could be done to spike the interests of both tourists and residents.
    Studies revealed that the area has a great foundation, with a rich history of art and music that draws in tourists from all over the world.

  • Friendly business commended

    How nice!
    In today’s atmosphere of rush, rush, rush and “me-ism,” I have to say how nice it is to belong to a bank where I’m not just a number on a computer!
    The employees are helpful, kind and really care. When I have a question, they are knowledgeable and I understand the answer.
    I also have an up-to-the-minute, online statement that is easy to understand and is accurate.
    While grocery shopping, they wave and smile, and it makes me feel comfortable knowing they are there. Unusual!
    Diane Dutlinger

  • Galax thrift shop has improved

    This is in response to the letter written about Willing Partners.
    I had shopped there in the past and in the present. It has been freshly painted, clean and well organized.
    Willing Partners still has lamps, pictures, DVDs, CDs, records, clothes and furniture.
    The employees are friendly, cheerful, polite and always willing to assist you.
    It is easier to walk around there and look for various items.
    Willing Partners depends on donations.
    B.J. Powell
    Galax

  • Volunteers rose to challenge in I-77 crisis

    It was a somber Easter weekend this year due to the series of crashes on Interstate 77 on March 31.
    Due to a combination of foggy conditions and precautions that were sadly not taken by drivers, dozens were injured and three are dead as a result of the massive pileup.
    When word of this crisis spread, our local police officers, EMTs, firefighters and ordinary citizens reported to the scene or gathered where they could to provide help the injured and the stranded. On The Gazette's Facebook page, readers time and again sought information on ways they could help.