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Today's Opinions

  • Letters to the Editor for 03/01/10

    Billing came before care at hospital

     

    I'll begin by saying that my concerns in no way reflect the “'hands on” care that I received while a patient in the emergency room at Twin County Regional Hospital. The health care staff was professional and I received excellent care.

    Recently, I sustained a deep cut to my finger. Knowing that I would need stitches, I went to Twin County’s emergency room.

  • Medicaid cuts harmful

    I am writing to express concerns former Gov. Kaine's budget reduction proposal as it pertains to Medicaid home- and community-based programs.

    Any one of the proposals would have an extremely negative impact on providing care for some of Virginia's most frail and vulnerable citizens.

    In combination, they will devastate Virginia's home- and community-based care system.

    I am keenly aware of the commonwealth's fiscal condition and recognize that this past year has been challenging.

  • Letters to the Editor for Feb. 22

    Legislators cut deal with APCo

     

    It's not possible to express the anger and disgust I felt after I read about the rout of the state legislature by APCo.

    You'd think our state politicians would have learned a lesson after watching their big brothers in Washington stumble through the "business as usual" backroom deals with Obama's national health insurance debacle.

  • Pothole predicament

    Winter portends a perilous number of driving pitfalls, but patchy pavement doesn't usually lead the pack of problems.

    But this winter has presented a particularly potent set of potholes for motorists to pass through.

    The proof in the pudding can be found in a long line of damaged vehicles forced to the shoulder of Interstate 77, near the 11 mile marker of the northbound lanes.

    There were reports of dozens of disabled vehicles needing repairs to wheels and tires as a result of dipping into large depressions, causing sudden deflations.

  • Letters to the Editor for 02/15/10

    Retirement facility needed

     

    A Feb. 3 Readers’ Hotline comment regarding the need for a retirement facility in Galax prompts me to update the public on activity by the city to pursue such a facility.

    One of my campaign promises when I ran for City Council in 2008 was to explore opportunities for a senior retirement facility to locate in Galax.

  • In need of a good home

    It was with sadness that we learned last week that the "EAR"resistable animal rescue organization in Grayson County was about to close because of a lack of funding.

    In its brief life, the non-profit group provided a humane alternative to the animal shelter, saving the lives of dozens of animals that were neglected, abused, abandoned or from families that no longer had the means to care for them.

    The operation soon realized that it, too, was being abandoned by donors who, in this dog of an economy, were no longer able to help.

  • Letters to the Editor for 02/08/10

    Help needed with deer

     

    I just read the story in regards to the deer population in Galax and, as much as I like animals and love watching the deer, we could use some help up here, also.

    We have actual herds roaming all around Pipers Gap, Cockerham Loop and Coleman Lane and on the side streets, also.

  • School's in session

    Finally, the anticipation is over.

    Chestnut Creek School of the Arts' renovations were complete in late 2009, a slew of Galax city workers and volunteers helped full- and part-time staff move into the former First National Bank building in downtown Galax last week and classes will begin today, Monday, weather permitting.