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Today's Opinions

  • Treasurer not to blame

    I want to comment on my lawsuit in Grayson County Circuit Court against county officials involved in assessment and collection of the solid waste collection fee.
    The treasurer of Grayson County, one of the defendants named, has received considerable criticism. This is because his office mailed draft civil warrants to hundreds of Grayson citizens who have not paid their trash fees.
    Many objected to receiving warrants because they had not received a bill for the trash fee, and thus did not know it was unpaid.

  • Watching over us downtown

    This is to the woman that called the Hotline to complain about "the large man" sitting in his window in downtown Galax [who she alleged made inappropriate comments].
    For your information, his name is Big Al and we love him. We have been working at a reputable downtown business for six and seven years now. We find it comforting that Big Al is there when we come in early mornings and leave late nights.

  • Face facts, tell story of shootout

    If it's true that for decades that Carroll County people just didn't talk about the 1912 courthouse shootout, maybe it's time for that taboo to change.
    One fact is inescapable as we approach the 100th anniversary: Ignoring the effects of the melee and bloodshed that arose from Floyd Allen announcing that he would defy a court-imposed jail sentence sure hasn't made this bit of Carroll's past go away.
    Perhaps, in a way, it should be embraced.

  • Airstream club enjoys Galax visit

    Last week we attended the 75th Old Fiddlers’ Convention in Galax along with 24 other Airstream recreational vehicle families.
    It was a wonderful experience and we were treated just like family by everyone in the community.
    This was our first visit to Galax and introduction to the fiddlers’ convention. The music was exceptional, not only during competition, but at the Blue Ridge Music Center, Stringbean’s, and by several groups who entertained us at our RV parking site by the Fairview Ruritan Club.

  • Red Cross thanks Kroger for help

    Kroger recently hosted a bake sale and hot dog to benefit the Wood’s River Chapter of the American Red Cross. (Flowers Bakery also chipped in with buns for the main course!)
    We want to thank the manager, Penny Mitchell, and the store staff for assisting us in raising badly needed funds for our community. Merchants like Kroger make all the difference in the world!

    Joan Isom
    Executive Director, Wood’s River Chapter
    American Red Cross

  • A celebration of song, service

    People often refer to the Twin Counties' collective pool of talent as a "family" of musicians, and at no time is that description more apt than when one of their own is in need.
    You see it all the time, when performers volunteer their time to play for benefits for those in bad health or who have lost their homes.

  • It's constantly 'Bush's fault'

    No matter who speaks in this administration, the fault of the economy falls on the shoulders of the Bush administration.
    Obama, Gibbs, Geithner, no matter — they “inherited” the mess.
    Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac aren't under scrutiny with the new "financial reform" and those entities have free, unspecified bailout money available with no restrictions.
    Geithner was in charge of Wall Street. It was his job to warn the federal government when things were getting out of control, and he never alerted anybody.

  • Allegheny Hospital commended for care

    I commend Allegheny Memorial Hospital for being an absolutely wonderful and caring facility.
    My father was taken to the emergency room June 21. His blood pressure was 50 over 29 and his heart rate was extremely high. Dr. Burchel, the physician on duty, was fantastic.
    The next day, Dr. Mary Emma Beres of Grayson Highlands Family Practice in Independence, who is my dad's doctor, called after my husband and I returned home.