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Today's Opinions

  • It's constantly 'Bush's fault'

    No matter who speaks in this administration, the fault of the economy falls on the shoulders of the Bush administration.
    Obama, Gibbs, Geithner, no matter — they “inherited” the mess.
    Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac aren't under scrutiny with the new "financial reform" and those entities have free, unspecified bailout money available with no restrictions.
    Geithner was in charge of Wall Street. It was his job to warn the federal government when things were getting out of control, and he never alerted anybody.

  • Allegheny Hospital commended for care

    I commend Allegheny Memorial Hospital for being an absolutely wonderful and caring facility.
    My father was taken to the emergency room June 21. His blood pressure was 50 over 29 and his heart rate was extremely high. Dr. Burchel, the physician on duty, was fantastic.
    The next day, Dr. Mary Emma Beres of Grayson Highlands Family Practice in Independence, who is my dad's doctor, called after my husband and I returned home.

  • Convention defined by rich past, bright future

    In three-quarters of a century, the annual Old Fiddlers’ Convention has grown into a weeklong event that draws thousands of tourists from all over the country to Galax.
    It has become an American institution; a means of preserving and promoting bluegrass and old-time music.
    The Galax Moose Lodge works hard every year to put on the event and it’s a beloved part of summer for music fans and people who use the event as an enormous family or class reunion.

  • Community came together for sale

    In June the Oakland Ruritan Club held its first Nine-Mile Sale a community yard sale along Pipers Gap Road in Carroll County. This was this first of its kind that I am aware of in the Twin County area and I am proud to say that it was a tremendous success, with approximately 30 yard sales along a nine-mile stretch.
    Concessions were sold by the club at Oakland United Methodist Church, with even the church participating by having a yard sale to support its building fund.

  • Thanks to all involved in BBQ contest

    My husband and I have just returned home after attending and participating in the annual "Smoke on the Mountain" festival in Galax.
    He has judged this event since its inception and we and several of our friends from North Carolina look forward each year to coming to your delightful community!

  • Christians have lost control of America

    We have lost control over America. We have lived life our own way and planted our butts in front of screens of various sizes for so long that we have numbed ourselves to the fact that we are losing our rights as Christians.
    People who hate us because we believe in Jesus are taking over.
    But we sit in front of “Farmville” [online] and text screens and “Twilight” books and movies, and pretend that there is peace, when there is none.
    Where are our morals? Where is our fight? Where is the great revival?

  • Keep Matthews Forest alive

    Over the years, Judge Jack Matthews acquired 566 acres of land and had a variety of projects that he was trying to accomplish on the Matthews State Forest property near Galax.
    He wanted to maintain for posterity some of the old ways of doing things and to maintain the old-time (heritage) fruit trees.
    As a benefactor to the Twin Counties, he left his mark. Upon his death, Judge Matthews left his property to the state as a means of educating generations to come.

  • BBQ contest keeps improving

    I was born and raised in North Carolina. In 1973 I moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, and traveled back and forward to visit family.
    For many years I passed Exit 14 of Interstate 77, not knowing what I was missing.
    Last year, I became a Memphis Barbecue Network judge and had the opportunity to go to Galax to judge the Smoke On the Mountain barbecue contest.
    Last year’s contest was great, the weather was beautiful, the city was clean and the people that I met were great. It was even better this year. How do you do it?