Today's Opinions

  • Sawyers project an excellent example of home-grown growth

    Local governments spend an enormous amount of time and resources trying to recruit new businesses and industries to come to the area, sowing seeds of future growth by flying in CEOs and cultivating relationships with potential employers.
    Whether these efforts bear fruit is unpredictable, so it is always encouraging when a local idea sprouts, without the labor-intensive process of recruitment.
    Such was the case with the new owners of the old Sawyers Furniture plant in West Galax, a building that had sat vacant for 15 years on Kenbrook Drive.

  • Town should buy, preserve Hillsville's Bottle House

    A friend of mine that I went through grade school with in Hillsville many, many, years ago sent me the clipping about the old Bottle House that Dr. Hope built years ago.
    Some of us as Girl Scouts and Brownies had many wonderful times in this building. There were all kinds of birthday parties, etc., held there when we were kids and Hillsville was still a one-horse town.
    I truly hope the town will buy the property and keep the “Bottle House” as a tourist attraction.

  • 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.