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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Convention defined by rich past, bright future

    In three-quarters of a century, the annual Old Fiddlers’ Convention has grown into a weeklong event that draws thousands of tourists from all over the country to Galax.
    It has become an American institution; a means of preserving and promoting bluegrass and old-time music.
    The Galax Moose Lodge works hard every year to put on the event and it’s a beloved part of summer for music fans and people who use the event as an enormous family or class reunion.

  • Community came together for sale

    In June the Oakland Ruritan Club held its first Nine-Mile Sale a community yard sale along Pipers Gap Road in Carroll County. This was this first of its kind that I am aware of in the Twin County area and I am proud to say that it was a tremendous success, with approximately 30 yard sales along a nine-mile stretch.
    Concessions were sold by the club at Oakland United Methodist Church, with even the church participating by having a yard sale to support its building fund.

  • Thanks to all involved in BBQ contest

    My husband and I have just returned home after attending and participating in the annual "Smoke on the Mountain" festival in Galax.
    He has judged this event since its inception and we and several of our friends from North Carolina look forward each year to coming to your delightful community!