Today's Opinions

  • Societal change is inevitable

    I’m getting so sick and tired of hearing all these “Christians” talk about how bad Obama is for supporting gay marriage!
    I understand it’s in the Bible that it’s not supposed to happen, but — hello. Look around!
    There’s not one person that even comes close to following everything right! And why is it anyone’s business who is in love with who?

  • State delegate thanks constituents

    Thank you to everyone in the Fifth District for giving me the opportunity to serve you in the Virginia House of Delegates. It is an honor and responsibility that I do not take lightly.
    I am working to represent everyone in our area, regardless of political party or geographical location.
     Should you have problems with a Virginia state agency or simply need help locating the appropriate contact person within a particular branch of Virginia government, I hope you will contact me.

  • Foster care children deserve caring adults

    Melinda Burris works for the Galax Department of Social Services

  • Safety measures not enough

    A proposed $7 million safety project in Carroll County for 12 miles of Interstate 77 from the North Carolina line may not be the best solution to the road problems.
    If there is low percentage of adherence to signage, then the project would be a waste of money.
    I believe that any kind of squad cars running with traffic in dangerous weather, or at any other time, would be more effective.
    However, it would be impossible to shift VDOT budget money into highway patrol, but consider these calculations.

  • Laurel is a first-class school

    There are approximately 275 students enrolled in Laurel Elementary School. The students and staff are amazing.
    After learning about the number of books these students have read in the Accelerated Reading Program, I felt that they should all be recognized for their hard work.
    It is hard to believe that with the number of students at Laurel Elementary, they have read and passed tests for 17,353 books.

  • Respect process of Bottle House sale

    Regarding the April 30 meeting of the Hillsville Town Council, Jody Early was well aware that neither he nor any other citizen has a right to address council on a matter that has not been placed on the council agenda per recommendation of the executive committee of council.
    He was speaking out of order and should not normally have been given the time to speak on a matter not yet even agreed to by the committee.
    Procedural rules are there for a purpose and not to be used as some self-interest would dictate.

  • A Message to the Class of 2012

    Larry Winget is an international speaker and a New York Times/Wall Street Journal best-selling author of five books, including “Shut Up, Stop Whining & Get a Life." He has appeared on his own television show (“Big Spender,” on A&E), and is a regular contributor on many news shows on the topics of money, personal success, parenting, and business. His column is reprinted with permission.

  • Coach looks back on career

    As I reflect on my 31 years of coaching girls’ sports at Galax High School, I felt like I needed to take the time to publicly thank several groups that helped make my coaching career both successful and enjoyable.
    I know it is impossible to thank everyone, so if I leave anyone out, I apologize.
    First I would like to thank all of the school board members, superintendents, principals, assistant principals, athletic directors, and city council members.