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Today's Opinions

  • Give thanks, and pray for nation

     As the holiday season approaches to give thanks to the Lord for his many blessings, I want to reflect on all the changes in attitude, politics and the human heart.

    Some say change is good. I guess it depends on which side your bread is buttered on.

    We continue to hear we should play by the rules, work hard, be honest, pay your taxes, vote, be a good citizen and you will succeed in life.

    But it is made difficult with all the crookedness, lies and deceit out there.

  • Team's honors were ignored

     The Gazette has given excellent coverage to the Galax High School golf team's state championship, the Galax football team's winning season and rise through the playoffs and the Galax volleyball team going to state for the first time.

    However, the same does not apply to the Galax cross country team.

    The Gazette printed a very nice article on the district meet, which was held Oct. 27. After that, The Gazette totally ignored the team's accomplishments.

  • GDA thanks community for help

     The Galax Downtown Association would like to say a big thank you to all who helped make our Halloween Monster Bash a success.

    The Galax Downtown Association extends its gratitude to all the sponsors, businesses and individuals who donated candy, food, drinks money and time for it would have been a success with all the contributions. Also, we appreciate the efforts of all the volunteers.

  • Voting went smoothly

     The Carroll County Electoral Board would like to thank the Carroll County Public School System for its exceptional effort on election day.

    The hard work of Superintendent Greg Smith and Dr. Strader Blankenship over the past several months was clearly evident at voting precincts located in our schools.

    The board would like to recognize all school employees and students for making election day a success while school was in session. The high standards the voting public has become accustomed to were maintained. 

  • Grayson's trash fee called 'asinine'

    This complaint letter is being written with respect to property on Point Lookout Lane in Independence.

    I am positive that there are numerous other property owners within Grayson County with the same complaint.

    Point Lookout Mountain is a residential community located off Peachbottom Road. Homes are primarily used as part-time residences.

    Point Lookout Lane and other roads within the development are private roads and, as such, trash pickup is not provided.

  • Hospital praised for high level of care

     I read a report in The Gazette of Oct. 22 about the future plans for Twin County Regional Hospital. I want to give “praise” to the hospital.

    I was a surgical patient in 1999. I received excellent care from everyone.

    My late husband (the Rev. Wilson) was a patient in the emergency room/hospital some 25 times in three years.

    Except for one time (involving a hospitalist no longer there), we could not have asked for any better care that he received. 

  • Fall leaves are great for gardening

     Fall leaves disposal can be a real problem for some folks who do not garden.

    But for those of us who do garden, they are an excellent amendment to the soil, if shredded and tilled into the soil in fall.

    Shredded leaves act like a giant sponge to retain water during dry periods and draw earthworms in large numbers, whose castings add nutrients to the soil.

    Leaves contain trace amounts of various elements, mined from the sub-soil, which are essential to plant growth.

  • 'Everyday Math' is not for everybody

     I would like to comment about the “Everyday Math” program being used by the Carroll County school system. I am disappointed with results I am seeing. Its technique of introducing a method, then moving on without mastering it and reintroducing it later seems ineffective. The kids who are good at math get it the first time but the other kids are lost.