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Today's Opinions

  • It's about time

    For too long, the residents of Givens Street and the surrounding neighborhoods in Galax have been forced to live in a water-logged past that ended for most of the city in the 1940s, when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers rerouted and reinforced Chestnut Creek to prevent frequent floods that often washed away the low-lying areas.
    In recent years — most notably in 2007 and most recently last summer — residents of these neighborhoods were surrounded by backed-up flood waters caused by inadequate and dilapidated stormwater drainage systems.

  • Why we're fighting fluoride

    To the town of Independence and Grayson County:
    I'm sure many of you may be wondering why these folks from Alleghany County, N.C., would take time to come across the river and try to tell you how to run your business.
    Why would they care if you do put poisonous fluoride into our water supply— what's it to them? The truth is, we are all concerned volunteers who try to provide our friends and neighbors with  information that they have not seen.

  • Facts should have been disclosed earlier

    It was very disappointing to read [Carroll County Administrator Gary] Larrowe’s defense of his actions regarding [questions about any] conflict of interest in his land ownership near Wildwood.
    I am responding to Mr. Larrowe’s claims.
    “Two Board members looked into it, and neither had any issue with Larrowe’s ownership of the property.” Implicitly, Mr. Larrowe admits this isn’t enough when he says that for the Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority, he made disclosure to the full board, as in the minutes.

  • Daughter was humiliated by store, police

    This letter is addressed to the three officers and an overzealous Galax Walmart employee [regarding a Dec. 23 matter].
    Because my daughter was hyper on energy drink and too many Christmas cookies and because she has piercings and dresses outside "the norm," she was profiled, stalked and had the police called on her.
    The charge: "suspiciously" picking up a container of 97-cent deodorant.

  • Addressing the irony of global warming

    A political cartoon in the Dec. 27 Gazette prompts me to write this letter. For those of you who missed it, two figures bundled against the cold are standing waist deep in the snow.
    One says, "Tell me again why global warming is bad..."
    The answer is in the cartoon. Extreme climactic events such as we are presently witnessing are in fact the direct result of the “greenhouse effect.”

  • Thanks for keeping back roads clear

    We would like to say "thank you" to Charlie Wright and A-1 Paving for keeping the back roads clear and doing such a wonderful job!
    The drifts and high winds kept them rolling, but they worked around the clock and even kept the driveways clear of snow at the beginning of them, best they could — especially Charlie.
    Thanks, guys, for the long hours and hard work! We do appreciate it! Especially during Christmas.

    Ronnie and Julie Bourne
    Galax

  • 2010 EDITORIAL AWARDS

    As we look back on 2010, two long-standing disasters remain poised on the threshold of being resolved.
    Jobs — at least some — appear to be returning to the Twin Counties, and Carroll County appears to be getting along with Hillsville.
    It boggles the mind.
    As everything is now hunky dory between Hillsville and Carroll County, a state commission is expected to approve the town boundary adjustment and water and sewer billing settlement.

  • Seeing the results

    A trio of new job announcements were welcome news in the two weeks before Christmas — a positive end to a year of economic stagnation. A new solar panel product line at Guardian Industries in Galax will create 40 jobs; Bucyrus in Hillsville will add 32 workers and a new company, Independence Homes, will employ 42 people after it opens in Grayson County.