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Today's Opinions

  • Fifth grader needs help researching Virginia

    I am a fifth grade student at Harlan Intermediate School in Harlan, Iowa.
    My class is studying the geography and history of the United States. I think that I am the luckiest person in my class to have gotten Virginia.
    My favorite part about Virginia is that it was one of the first 13 colonies.
    I would really appreciate it if you could send me some souvenirs, books or any more information about your state Virginia.
    My teacher, Mrs. Newlin, would like a car license plate for a school project if possible.
    I appreciate your time. Thank you.

  • Program brings kids closer to God

    My name is Matthew and I am 12 years old. I want to tell you about Snow Hill Baptist Church AWANA program.
    At Snow Hill we have the AWANA program for children ages 2-18. Before we start, we eat for 10 minutes. After that we have game time for 30 minutes. Then we study and learn God's word.
    We earn AWANA dollars for Bible verses that we memorize and say. We can spend these AWANA dollars for things in the AWANA store.

  • March is Red Cross Month

    When neighbors help neighbors in emergencies, it's something to celebrate. That is why every U.S. president since Franklin D. Roosevelt has declared March as Red Cross Month.
    The Wood's River Chapter of Red Cross has served this community so long and so well that it is easy to overlook the fact that its services are performed largely by volunteers and are supported through the generosity of people right here in Galax, Grayson, Carroll and Wythe.

  • Don't forget downtown

    Patrick Butler is owner of Purple Feet Wines in downtown Galax

    In the past several months, downtown Galax has lost businesses — some that had been around for many years.
    Part of the reason is the sad state of the economy, but part of the issue lies within us. One of the constant refrains I hear from people is that there is no good shopping in Galax.
    No, we don’t have the population base to support tony stores or boutique shops, that’s true.

  • Speakers are brave

    I’ve discussed the questions raised by Mike Goldwasser and the response (or lack of) from the Carroll County Board of Supervisors over dinner with my family, over the phone with friends, even debated it at the grocery store.
    Every conversation has ended with, I’m ashamed to say, something like, “pass the salt” or “oh, well.”

  • Support for school appreciated

    I would like to personally thank each player, spectator, referee, scorekeeper, PTO volunteer and all who made donations in support during the Grayson Highlands School PTO basketball tournament.
    Your support made the tournament a success.
    We are off to a good start in being able to provide our children with the much-needed playground and baseball field.
    We still have a long way to go, so please look for future fundraising events by the PTO so that we can provide for our children. Your support is much needed and greatly appreciated.

  • Scouting offers many advantages

    I would like to let people know the advantages of being a Boy Scout.
    I am a 14 year old boy and this is what Boy Scouts has done for me.
    Since joining the Boy Scouts a year ago I have had the chance to meet a lot of people, young and old, that I would never have gotten a chance to meet any other way.
    I have also learned a lot of skills and hobbies since joining the Boy Scouts. I have overcome my fear of public speaking and water. I have bettered my morals. I have also learned to work with people.

  • It's up to states to fight illegal immigration

    Submitted by these members of the Virginia House of Delegates: Charles W. Carrico, Anne Crockett-Stark, Terry G. Kilgore, Joseph P. Johnson, James W. Moorefield

    Many of us in the Virginia General Assembly have once again taken action this year to deal with the burden of a federal failure.
    We have submitted proposed legislation concerning illegal immigration — a growing problem in the commonwealth.
    The fact is that illegal immigration costs the average American taxpayer $1,117 per year, and costs Virginia nearly $2 billion per year.