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Today's Opinions

  • Religious freedom is under attack

    As an American and a follower of Jesus, I am shocked and embarrassed by the ongoing attacks on freedom of religion in our country.
    Our forefathers were committed to making this a country where freedom of religion was guaranteed, so much so that it is covered the first sentence in the First Amendment to our Constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
    Clearly it was their intention to be sure that in America everyone had the freedom to worship as they chose.

  • Lives lost to stress, worry

    I dedicate this letter to the families who have lost a loved one due to the taking of one’s life because of illness, pressure to pay the bills, trying to keep up in a fast-paced society, bullying at school and lacking a kind and understanding heart to talk to.
    There is an alarming rise in lives lost of one taking his or her life. This made even worse during those very difficult times many face every day.
    This affects all sectors of our nation. When it hits home, it is harder to cope.

  • Community support appreciated at benefit

    I would like to thank everyone who supported me in some way during my benefit.
    Thank you to family, friends, businesses, churches, the VFW, Fancy Gap Auction, "Close To Home" music ministry and the community for all your donations, time, prayers and support.

    Nolan Stone & Family
    Hillsville

  • Protect Parkway Vistas

    Millions of recreational travelers drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway annually, spending roughly $300 in gateway communities like Galax, Carroll and Grayson on each trip.

  • Hospital treatment praised

    I am an 87-year-old man and I have been in and out of hospitals all my life.
    Last week I was in Twin County Regional Hospital and I have never had any better care or treatment in my life.
    The doctors, nurses and entire staff were the best I have ever seen.
    I want to say thank you and God bless each one of you.
    Thank you so much.

    Perry Frye
    Galax

  • Christian 'control' of America unmandated

    In an Aug. 9-10 letter, writer Jeannette Watt laments the loss of Christian “control” of America.
    She fails to mention, however, just where it is mandated that Christians “control” America (nowhere), or just what rights Christians are losing.
    Longing for peace is certainly admirable, but not in the same breath as Christian “control.”
    Witness the Crusades, the Inquisition and the wholesale slaughter of entire populations.

  • Thank God for police officers

    I write this letter in support of law enforcement.
    We usually take law enforcement for granted, (until we need them). But we should thank God that we live in a land that is ruled by law and order.
    I know that being in law enforcement does not make you a saint. And I know that some in law enforcement should themselves be locked up.
    But if we didn't have the law, we would live in a land of utter chaos. And good people would be imprisoned in their own land and ruled by murderous thugs.

  • Obama citizenship 'article' is a hoax

    From recent e-mails, I learned “Obama’s Citizenship Case reaches the Supreme Court.”
    Obama (with the surname Soetoro) was awarded a Fulbright fellowship for foreign students.
    Must be a student with foreign citizenship.
    I believe he was born in Kenya and not eligible to be president.
    U.S. Justice Foundation has released the results of Obama’s campaign spending.
    They estimate Obama has spent approximately $950,000 in campaign funds with 11 law firms for legal resources to block disclosure of any of his personal records.