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Today's Opinions

  • End the hysteria

    Obsessing about a far-off border can't be healthy or good for morale.

    Most critics of U.S. immigration policy from the Twin Counties probably have never laid eyes on, stood at or passed over the divide between our country and our neighbor to the south. They just know by anecdotal evidence that it's a somewhat porous place where not every foreign national follows all the bureaucratic procedures in order to cross and to enter "The Land of Opportunity."

  • Letters to the Editor for 03/08/10

    Award recognizes excellence

     

    Congratulations to the Galax City Public School System for receiving the 2010 Virginia Board of Education Competence to Excellence Award!

    This is a significant accomplishment that our school system has received, recognizing two consecutive years of achieving state and federal benchmarks in education.

    Having served on the Galax City School Board for two terms, I have seen firsthand the hard work and dedication that the administration and faculty bring to work every day.

  • Real work begins

    Last week it was announced that California-based Med-Fit Systems, Inc. had come to the rescue of more than 100 people about to lose their jobs in Grayson County.

    Leaders of the 23-year-old physical therapy and senior care products provider offered 115 of the 170-plus employees a position with the newly named business in Grayson and vowed to return to full staff within 36 months.

    Grayson leaders worked diligently for several months to keep as many jobs as possible in an area suffering from a 12 percent unemployment rate.

    Now the real work begins.

  • 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.