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Today's Opinions

  • Serving a noble cause

    For nearly three decades, the Galax Y's Men Club has undertaken a project that helps hundreds of local families have a brighter Christmas.

    Through the annual Community Christmas Chest fundraiser, the Y's Men work hard to solicit funds from the community to pay for food boxes delivered to needy families at Christmas.

    It's truly a case of neighbors helping neighbors, as the majority of funds come from individuals. Businesses, churches, schools and civic organizations also chip in to help the Christmas Chest reach its goal.

  • Letters to the Editor for 11/30/09

    Hospital provided outstanding care

    I recently had eye surgery for cataracts at the outpatient department of Twin County Regional Hospital.

    Everyone — Dr. Davis, the receptionist, secretaries, nurses and the ones in the operating room — were so outstanding and caring. I was treated with special care.

    I wish more people would use our local doctors and Twin County Regional Hospital.

    The old saying, “They need to try it, and they might like it,” is good.

    (Lizzie) Jane Newman

    Fries

  • Gone to the dogs?

    Will Carroll County and Hillsville's national notoriety forever be based on the controversy that surrounds the commercial breeding of dogs?

    Right now, it looks like once being the home to sizable breeding operations continue to define this place — even though those businesses have apparently been shuttered here.

    Two years after animal advocates took covert video at a breeding operation in Hillsville, our localities can't seem to escape the issue nipping at its heels.

  • Letters to the Editor for 12/7/09

    We will bear burden of health care

    Within the health care bill under debate in the U.S. Senate are requirements for states to take on more expense for Medicaid.

    Federal law requires state and local governments to balance their budgets every year, but there is no such requirement for the federal government, which is why the feds can keep printing more money or borrowing it from another country to spend outlandishly.

  • Letters to the Editor for 10/26/09-10/28/09

    State, local candidates endorsed

    I am voting for the candidates whom I feel are best qualified and who best understand our southwestern region of the state.

    I am voting for Virginia Sen. Creigh Deeds for governor, Jody Wagner for lieutenant governor, and Steve Shannon for attorney general.

    I feel they will carry the projects and ideals forward which U.S. Senator Mark Warner and Gov. Tim Kaine began. I applaud them both. They are running for these governmental positions because of their deep commitment to our state.

  • Breaking the Circle of Violence

    Isaiah 42:3-4a — “A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice; he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth. In his law the islands will put their hope.”

     

    They are all around us. 

    These people are bruised. They have had blood vessels broken under the skin from the impact of being hit. They are bruised reeds. 

    They aren’t completely broken but they are devastated and depressed. 

  • Letters to the Editor for 11/2/09-11/4/09

    Buy local, build economy

    I was pleased to see Patrick Butler's letter asking readers to "bring change and buy local," supporting our local business owners. I would like to emphasize another reason to do so: the multiplier effect.

    When you spend a dollar at a locally owned business, that dollar is likely to circulate several times in our community, multiplying its impact on the local economy, while a dollar spent at a large chain business will likely leave the area after that one transaction.

  • Don't call it grassroots

    Letting people have their say in the appropriate venue is always a good thing.

    If thinking about a certain topic — say an electric utility's requested rate increase in recessionary times — creates a burning feeling in the pit of a citizen's stomach, it's that person's right to speak up.

    This especially applies if that regular joe needs to express those thoughts to government bureaucrats.