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Today's Opinions

  • Asplundh workers commended

    I offer my extreme gratitude to all the Asplundh workers out there.
    These men have been out there in the unforgiving, scorching heat in the upper 90s, working harder than most of us have worked our entire lives for 16 to 19 hours a day to clean up all the downed trees and other debris, not to mention whole power line towers that have come down due to recent severe storms that have swept devastation through our area.

  • State puts squeeze on Virginia localities

    Landmark News Service editorial. Reprinted with permission

  • Free clinic needs community support

    Many times over the past few years you have read articles of how the Free Clinic needs money to continue its mission of helping others and that is still true today.
    The Free Clinic is made up of many volunteers and many supporters without which there would not be a clinic.
    Today’s economy continues to waiver and futures are uncertain. Please continue to support the local mission of the Free Clinic of Galax.

  • Will history repeat in this election?

    “The more things change, the more they remain the same.”
    Running against then-President John Adams, Thomas Jefferson engaged in a despicable campaign of character attacks against President Adams.
    Adams refused to respond to Jefferson’s abominable tactics in any way and therefore lost the election.
    Will history repeat itself? Can any thinking person not see that mankind needs a Redeemer?
    Donn Bogert
    Galax

  • Mystery of property ownership solved

    On May 15, about 20 people attended a dedication service I conducted at Randal and Hilda Sutherland’s farm in Elk Creek.
    No one who I know had an official document which proved whether it was James or his brother David Cornutt (Cornett) who was my Revolutionary War ancestor, but since then, thanks to three cousins, I now possess a petition and a partition which provide evidence that my fifth great-grandfather is David, and not his brother James, who died in 1824.

  • Smith made positive impact on schools

    Phillip W. Berrier of Cana is a former member of the Carroll County School Board

  • Cruisin' & Groovin a good time for all

    I was gratified to see the Readers’ Hotline item about how much the caller enjoyed “Cruisin’ & Groovin’ in Galax” on June 15.
    We had at least 325 antique and classic vehicles and more than 4,000 people there, with wonderful music, vendors, balloons and beach balls, and lots of family fun.
    While the band for that night, the Catalinas, was sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and WBRF-WWWJ radio, the events are actually planned and coordinated by the Galax Downtown Association, your local merchants association.

  • Little church making big difference

    Asbury United Methodist Church dates back to at least 1817. The present-day church was built on Glendale Road in Galax about 1939.
    The church has seen many changes over the years. Berylene Patton, a lifetime member, along with her husband, Mack, established a clothing and household closet prior to her death in 2004.
    Recently, Mack and Berylene’s daughter, Karen Poole, along with several others have expanded the clothes/household closet and food pantry.