Today's Opinions

  • Strengthen open government laws

    In Virginia, if you want to know what the State Police found investigating the worst mass murder in U.S. history, or what the consultants Hampton taxpayers hired to look into a proposed aquatics center found, or what Newport News council members had to say about the city manager's performance last year, you're out of luck.

    If you were a parent up in Staunton wondering about the financial management that allowed a school bookkeeper to embezzle thousands from an account holding student-raised funds for extracurricular activities, too bad.

  • 'Take a break from interstate' road market a success

    Many thanks go out to those who helped make the Independence leg of the Take a Break from the Interstate Road Market a huge success.
    Thank you to the vendors and buyers who lined the U.S. 21 route. Thanks to the members of the Independence Police and Grayson County Sheriff’s Department, along with the Virginia Department of Transportation, who kept everyone safe during the three day market.

  • Allow cut teachers to reapply for jobs

    It’s no secret in today’s society that lack of employment continues to be a nagging source of stress for families, especially in small communities like ours. Job scarcity is especially difficult for families in this area, many of whom make the difficult choice to relocate away from their families and friends just for the opportunity to gain employment.

  • Factory chicken farming contributes to disease

    The U.S. egg industry is reeling from a colossal outbreak of avian flu, mostly among egg-laying chickens.
    According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 48 million birds, accounting for 11 percent of the nation’s egg-laying hens, have been slaughtered for fear of infection during the past few months.
    The effects are far-reaching, from how to dispose of millions of potentially infected bird carcasses to job losses and rapidly rising egg prices. More than 40 countries have restricted U.S. poultry imports.

  • Common sense is the best safety measure

    Interstate 77 has proven to be an asset to Carroll County and surrounding communities by bringing tourists and potential residents by the thousands.

    With the high level of traffic comes a more immediate responsibility to impose and enforce traffic safety measures.

  • Contemplating the state of the world today

    Within our society today is the good, the bad and the very ugliest of a human being. The resent horrible incidents where innocent lives were lost by cowardly acts of violence, from a church shooting to a young woman walking with her father gunned down and five military soldiers killed so brutally by an evil hand.
    This inept attitude shown by this government’s clearly shows and proves that the real world has not bitten it in the butt.
    Playing patty-cake and sucking up to foreign leaders who hate us is beyond stupid.

  • A Patriot's Story

    By Lee Houston, Galax

    On July 4, 1826, on the 50th anniversary of our nation declaring its independence, patriots Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died.

    They were the last signers of the Declaration of Independence to pass. I thought that it was no accident that God would call patriots home on the Fourth of July. At 7:30 p.m. on July 4, 2015, God called home Joe Bill Edwards, a farm boy from Grayson County. He, too, was a patriot.

  • Relay honors cancer survivors and caretakers

    One of the highlights to the City of Galax/Carroll County’s annual Relay for Life’s event is our Survivors’ Banquet. It gives us great pleasure to honor our cancer survivors – Relay’s Heroes.
    We also want to recognize our caregivers – many survivors say their caregivers were the real heroes for standing by them. Cancer survival and wiping out cancer is why we Relay. We hope all our survivors and caregivers in Galax and Carroll County will join us for this celebration in their honor.