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Today's Opinions

  • Elderly denied local care

    I am stunned to learn that the General Assembly voted in April to shut down the geriatric unit at Southwest Virginia Mental Health Institute in Marion.
    In fiscal year 2009 the unit had operational costs of roughly $1.3 million and revenue of approximately $2.5 million. It is not losing money. Why must it be closed?

  • Middle class needs to mobilize

    This election will be the last one that middle class blacks and whites will have a chance to elect someone who supports their beliefs.
    By middle class, I mean those folks who have modest to moderate incomes, who pay taxes, who own real estate and just maybe have a little left in the bank.
    The reason? In about two years there will be more people in the USA who don't pay taxes and who count on the government for their support, than there are taxpayers.

  • Don't allow tax cuts to expire

    Thank you for attempting to educate citizens [with an editor’s note] about taxation in regards to "How Greedy," the Hotline caller's reference to the "Bush tax cuts."
    For those that choose to be informed, if the tax cuts of 2001 and 2003 are allowed to expire, all taxpayers will pay more.
    For example, those earning $50,000 will pay nearly $3,000 more in federal taxes per year; if the income is $100,000 per year, the increased tax burden rises by more than $4,500.

  • 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