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Today's Opinions

  • Hard Work Pays Off

    The just-announced public utilities for Fancy Gap took two things — a honking big hunk of $8 million in stimulus funds from the federal government and the persistence of the people.

    The everyday folks, who knew there was a need to promote development, asked for help. When the answer wasn't forthcoming, they asked again.

  • Eye of the Beholder

    A bold mural being painted on front of the Jeff Matthews Museum has caused an uproar among Galax residents, city staff and the museum's board of directors.

    The mural, started last month, remains unfinished until the Galax Planning Commission decides if artists David and Brigette Payseur should continue the painting.

    However, since the mural has gone up, it has attracted attention from many tourists, as well as locals, who never knew the museum even existed.

  • Letters to the Editor for 8/31/09

    Waddell has high rating

    This is in regard to newspaper accounts of alleged abuse at Waddell Nursing and Rehab Center.

    I’m confident that your reporting accurately represented the facts as alleged. However, your article in terms of what it didn’t say, unintentionally did a serious disservice to the facility, employees and residents.

  • Letters to the Editor for 8/17/09

    Officials deserve thanks

    The Carroll County administrator and board of supervisors are well deserving of the encouragement of citizens of Carroll County.

    In the past year this board and our administrator have taken Carroll County in such a positive direction.

    We no longer pick up our newspaper to read about an argument or personal vendetta between board members.

    We have progress for Carroll County like there has not been in so many, many years. As a citizen I believe Carroll County has a great future.

  • A health care debate at the top of our lungs.

    For decades now, the congressional debate over health care has been so distorted by politics and money that it has been worse than useless — it has been an active impediment to reform of a broken system that is too expensive, serves too few and rations care based on insurance company caprice.

    If the conversation on Capitol Hill has been a national disgrace, what is going on in local meetings all over the country is more disturbing.

  • Letter to the Editor for 8/24/09

    Writer suggests mural options

    By no stretch of the imagination can you call that sign on the Jeff Matthews Museum a mural.

    The definition of a mural is a picture or decoration — usually a very large one — on a wall or ceiling.

    A mural of Matthews shooting a grizzly bear or an Indian encampment by the creek or of Main Street by [local artist] Raven Bilbrey would be better — or a conglomeration of native species of trees, bushes, wildflowers and galax leaves.

  • Zone Defense

    The saying goes that two heads are always better than one. Grayson leaders agree, as they seek to use three heads — their own, along with the towns of Independence and Fries — to seek acceptance into Virginia's Enterprise Zone Program.

    The program provides various incentives for qualifying businesses if they create more than four jobs that pay at least 1.75 times the federal minimum wage rate and provide benefits.

  • That Old Fiddle

    We met in a small music shop in southern Virginia, some years ago.

    The woodgrain of that violin was not finished to a lustrous sheen, but more to an appearance far beyond its years. We had that in common.

    Overwhelmed by its rustic appeal to the eye, we went home together. That purchase, at the time, was much more a luxury than necessity.

    Not being a musician, our first session was truly a revelation. What had I done? When bow first met strings absolute horror was revealed. That beautiful chunk of wood had no more music within it than its buyer had.