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Today's Opinions

  • Seeing the results

    A trio of new job announcements were welcome news in the two weeks before Christmas — a positive end to a year of economic stagnation. A new solar panel product line at Guardian Industries in Galax will create 40 jobs; Bucyrus in Hillsville will add 32 workers and a new company, Independence Homes, will employ 42 people after it opens in Grayson County.

  • Respect anti-fluoride group

    I would like to thank all our local government entities, including the Virginia/North Carolina Water Authority, for taking time to hear discussion on the fluoridation issue.
    I would like to point out that there was never any intention to cast aspersions at the honesty of any of our local officials, nor was there any question of their loyalty to their citizens and their duties of office.
    We deeply appreciate the work you do and realize that in cases like this, it probably feels like a thankless job.

  • IDA thankful for lounge's hospitality

    Mount Rogers Community Extended Care and the Industrial and Developmental Center join together in thanking Proximity Lounge for its hospitality to our group recently.
    This time last year we were devastated when Parrott Bay closed and our annual Christmas dance was scheduled the very next day. But Blue Ridge Country Club came to the rescue and we were able to pull it together (with their help) and Santa came right on time!

  • Keep Christ in Christmas

    This letter is written to all who say they do not believe in Christ and want to remove His name from the Christmas Holiday.
    We Christians chose to celebrate Jesus’ birthday long ago and much of the world has adopted the holiday.
    I’m sure that at some point in your life, you have enjoyed some good from it. Maybe it was a Christmas bonus, ham, gift certificate or party that lifted your spirits, or maybe a day off or just a smile from someone who usually frowns at you.

  • Fluoride fears unfounded

    I am writing in response to the Virginia-Carolina Water Authority meetings attended by a group of people opposed to water fluoridation.
    The most recent meetings were Nov. 15 in Independence and with the Alleghany County Board of Commissioners in Sparta, N.C.
    Several citizens with the newly formed group spoke against water fluoridation by the water authority.

  • Greed reigns supreme

    Our current economic plight creates a lot of questions, mainly: "Who is to blame?"
    Perhaps the answer can be found at the enduring altar of the money changers and profiteers where gold is the deity to be revered, greed is the benediction, dominance is the credo and the covetous pray for "more, bigger, better, instant gratification. Too much ain't enough and make mine be the biggest."
    Prime examples of this century's old mindset are Wall Street, big business, war profiteers and big government.

  • Help available for bipolar disorder

    If the following was told to the people of the Twin Counties: "Raise your hand if you've been diagnosed with bipolar disorder," how many people would be honest enough to raise their hand?
    Who should raise their hand but have no idea or are in denial about their mental instability?
    It's time for the cycle to stop.
    The mental roller coaster of extreme highs and lows that are being hidden by alcohol abuse, drug abuse, domestic violence and poverty needs to come to a final end.

  • Get involved in tax protest

    Like many others, I haven't been exactly front and center at the Grayson County Board of Supervisors’ meetings.
    When there's a big issue, we pack the board room, sign up to speak and wait hours to ask questions that they decline to answer.
    They know we will melt away as the heat dies down. But at the Nov. 30 tax protest meeting, we were standing-room only at the 1908 Courthouse, and I never before saw such a big mix of people — old-timers, farmers, move-ins and move-backs, old and young, some well-to-do and others barely getting by.