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Today's Opinions

  • Class taught understanding of faiths

    I wish to address a recent Readers’ Hotline comment regarding The Oracle Institute’s last class: “Introduction to Islam.”
    The caller was concerned that a class on history of the Muslim faith and the Prophet Muhammad might in some way “mix the minds of our young people or anybody else.” Sadly, this is not the first time Oracle has encountered such a limited and bigoted mindset.

  • A squad's proud legacy

    For several months, it appeared that Hillsville Rescue Squad's legacy would be one of controversy and ill will, after town officials began questioning the need for its continued existence since it had essentially disbanded.
    There were accusations and finger-pointing about funds, personnel issues, inappropriate use of vehicles, the sale of a squad building and equipment. All that negativity threatened to overshadow the good that the volunteer organization had done over the years.

  • Coach thankful for support

    The support shown to the Carroll County High School boy’s basketball team this year by the students, parents, school officials, and our community was overwhelming and exciting.
    The emotions felt by the team were unbelievable when the gym was full an hour before we were to play in the regional championship.  
    There are so many people to thank for their support.

  • Family thanks community for help

    We want to thank everyone who has shown support through this extremely difficult time. The support has shown us the true meaning of friendship and community.
    Thanks to all (some who we did not know personally) who sent cards, called, and stopped by to visit.
    Thanks to Pete Harris and Pamela Holland for hosting the benefit dinner and auction. Pete Harris auctioneered and donated many of the items offered.

  • Bluegrass, conspiracy link a real stretch for Tea Party

    This column by Dan Casey originally was published in The Roanoke Times.

  • Class thanks supporters

    As the teacher of the CCEC class at Galax Elementary School, and on behalf of my students, I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to everyone in the community who helped make possible the $10,000 prize in the UCT Gives Back contest.
    It is seldom that I have been able to witness such a tremendous outpouring of support and generosity. There were so many people who helped make this a reality, and I wish I were able to thank each and every one. There were votes cast from this community and votes cast from as far away as Alaska and Hawaii.

  • Cigarettes on road unsightly

    I think that the cigarettes lying on the side of the road is getting out of hand.
    We should make it illegal to throw cigarettes outside. They are made of paper. It takes a long time for the paper to dissolve into the ground.
    As a matter of fact, it takes five years for this process to happen. If you ask me, that’s a long time. We need to do something.
    Caleb Johnson
    Boy Scout Troop 284, Woodlawn

     

  • Eyes on the road

    Driving along with a police car behind you can definitely be a stressful experience. Whether you’ve committed an infraction or not, just seeing that intimidating vehicle is enough to make even the most seasoned driver get a little antsy. Suddenly, doubt creeps in.
    Was I speeding? Did I forget to signal? Do I have a tail light out?
    Then, as soon as they appear, they are gone. Whew, no ticket.
    Recently, The Gazette has received calls to The Hotline from readers expressing their irritation at being constantly watched and followed by the police.