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Today's Opinions

  • Electoral board concerned about decision

    The Carroll County School Board recently decided to hold school on Election Day.
    It has been a longstanding tradition in Carroll County that schools be closed on Election Day.
    The Carroll County Electoral Board has concerns regarding this change of operations.
    In an effort to maintain the high standards that citizens of Carroll County have become accustomed to, the electoral board has met with, and is working closely with, the school system to address concerns they have.

  • Review: Go ahead — laugh in church

    Two days after seeing the Galax Theatre Guild's production of “Smoke on the Mountain,” I am still laughing.

    Ginger Correll and Carolyn Davis have done a remarkable job of directing this ensemble of actors so that the audience can laugh with complete abandon. The Sanders Family, Preacher Oglethorpe, as well as the members of the congregation are so genuine and funny you never feel they are mocking the people they are portraying. Instead, they just inspire guilt‑free happiness and uncontrollable laughter.

  • Old money discovered anew

    Ten years ago, the Virginia Department of Transportation was on a reckless spending spree, delaying payments on completed projects in order to start new ones. More than 160 projects had to be canceled to restore financial sanity.
    A new audit initiated by Gov. Bob McDonnell revealed last month that the pendulum has swung too far in the opposite direction.
    Today’s VDOT is paralyzed by bureaucratic rules intended to improve accountability that instead have resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars sitting unused in more than 25 separate financial accounts.

  • Pageant winner harrassed

    I was pleased to read the recent letter to the editor concerning pageants.
    My daughter has competed in a number of pageants. Sometimes you place, sometimes you don’t. And that is something she has grown to accept.
    I agree with the writer and wish there were some way for judges to see backstage and know the true heart and personality of the contestants.
    I wanted to write concerning the Miss Carroll Country Intermediate School pageant with a few afterthoughts. My daughter won that pageant. She was so shocked, as was I and my family.

  • Parkway anniversary fun, memorable

    We would like to thank the National Park Service for the outstanding job it did in organizing the celebration of the Blue Ridge Parkway’s 75th anniversary.
    The weekend was fun and memorable. But the people who most need to be commended are the maintenance employees who did such a fantastic job getting the parkway ready for the event. They worked hard all summer, and it’s apparent when one drives on the road. Kudos to these people for work well done.

    Frank and Patti Penland Phelps
    Ennice, N.C.

  • Radio station entertaining, informative

    The longer I listen to Galax WBRF radio, the more I appreciate what a rich, unique media resource we have here.
    In an era when most stations play the same top-whatever songs over and over, our local station plays a vast diversity of new and old, hits and great-but-forgotten, dusty tunes by artists and songwriters from the past.
    If you listen to Buford Kegley long enough, you will end up with the equivalent of a Ph.D. in country music.

  • Elderly denied local care

    I am stunned to learn that the General Assembly voted in April to shut down the geriatric unit at Southwest Virginia Mental Health Institute in Marion.
    In fiscal year 2009 the unit had operational costs of roughly $1.3 million and revenue of approximately $2.5 million. It is not losing money. Why must it be closed?

  • Middle class needs to mobilize

    This election will be the last one that middle class blacks and whites will have a chance to elect someone who supports their beliefs.
    By middle class, I mean those folks who have modest to moderate incomes, who pay taxes, who own real estate and just maybe have a little left in the bank.
    The reason? In about two years there will be more people in the USA who don't pay taxes and who count on the government for their support, than there are taxpayers.