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Today's Opinions

  • Appreciation for our youth

    I have been retired from Duke University for six years and have lived in the Galax area since.
    I took a job at Galax High School in transportation as a part-time bus driver, and with the high school as a substitute teacher.
    During my tenure at Galax Schools it has been one of the most satisfying experiences of my career. The professionalism of the school staff and the respect from the students is outstanding.
    The staff was always caring and concerned on how the students should respect everyone on campus and outside of campus.

  • Students' safety trumps convenience

    If you’re polite enough to hold the door at the front of a Carroll County Public School facility, then you’re kind of missing the point.
    The most important issue at the schools is safety, not Miss Manners-approved behavior.
    While it may chaff one’s sensibilities, it is not a good idea to help someone else circumvent the security measures at schools.
    People will have to get used to these brand new security measures at Carroll schools, which means resisting the urge to assist others.

  • ECVFD thanks community for support

    The weather was perfect and the Grayson County Fiddler’s Convention went off without a hitch, until we had transformer problems late Saturday night.
    The Elk Creek Volunteer Fire Department does a great deal of planning for the fiddler’s convention prior to the event, but it is all of our community volunteers that help make it happen. The Elk Creek Volunteer Fire Department is truly a community fire department.

  • Property seizure presents problems

    By Sandra Felts, Austinville

  • Down home kindness displayed in Grayson

    On July 29 my precious Uncle B.F. was laid to rest in the Harrington Cemetery in the Bethel Community of Grayson County.
    In recent years, my dad and my Aunt Mary were laid to rest there as well. I would like to express a special thank you to Reins-Sturdivant for taking such wonderful care of our families during those times.
    I would also like to say with deepest sincerity a thank you to the folks along the roads from Independence to Bethel.

  • Road fixes take time

    If there’s anything that the Twin Counties are tired of right now, it’s rain. We’re tired of rain forecasts, stories about floods and announcements about road closures.
    Thankfully, things appear to be clearing up at this point. The ground is drying up, repairs are being made, and events are going forward as planned…. and yes, this means a green light for the fiddlers’ convention.
    The city, however, is feeling quite an aftershock.

  • Pipers Gap Road needs repairing

    Elected by the Pipers Gap District residents to represent them on the Carroll County Board of Supervisors, it is my responsibility to answer questions and attempt to solve problems. It is the part of the job I enjoy the most.
    Normally I do not respond to unsigned letters, anonymous phone calls or unknown Hotline callers. In a Hotline item published July 17 (“Winter Danger”), the caller referred to water crossing Pipers Gap Road during prolonged precipitation.

  • Public thanks was well-deserved

    For years, the Galax Volunteer Fire Department has prided itself on quick and quality response. They rush to the scenes of burning buildings, assist in major car pile-ups and engage in every other facet of community service they can possibly fit into their tightly packed schedules.