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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Respect anti-fluoride group

    I would like to thank all our local government entities, including the Virginia/North Carolina Water Authority, for taking time to hear discussion on the fluoridation issue.
    I would like to point out that there was never any intention to cast aspersions at the honesty of any of our local officials, nor was there any question of their loyalty to their citizens and their duties of office.
    We deeply appreciate the work you do and realize that in cases like this, it probably feels like a thankless job.

  • IDA thankful for lounge's hospitality

    Mount Rogers Community Extended Care and the Industrial and Developmental Center join together in thanking Proximity Lounge for its hospitality to our group recently.
    This time last year we were devastated when Parrott Bay closed and our annual Christmas dance was scheduled the very next day. But Blue Ridge Country Club came to the rescue and we were able to pull it together (with their help) and Santa came right on time!

  • Keep Christ in Christmas

    This letter is written to all who say they do not believe in Christ and want to remove His name from the Christmas Holiday.
    We Christians chose to celebrate Jesus’ birthday long ago and much of the world has adopted the holiday.
    I’m sure that at some point in your life, you have enjoyed some good from it. Maybe it was a Christmas bonus, ham, gift certificate or party that lifted your spirits, or maybe a day off or just a smile from someone who usually frowns at you.

  • Fluoride fears unfounded

    I am writing in response to the Virginia-Carolina Water Authority meetings attended by a group of people opposed to water fluoridation.
    The most recent meetings were Nov. 15 in Independence and with the Alleghany County Board of Commissioners in Sparta, N.C.
    Several citizens with the newly formed group spoke against water fluoridation by the water authority.