Today's Opinions

  • Campus Crusade changed life

    Growing up in the small town of Troutdale, I always heard of the stories and things that happen on a college campus.
    After transferring to Radford University in the fall of 2007, I wanted to test out those stories.
    I began to party and just be consumed in all the world has to offer. Then I somehow ended up at the first weekly meeting for Campus Crusade for Christ.
    This guy reached out to me and welcomed me into a group of Christians that loved the Lord and each other.

  • Barking up the wrong legal tree

    If ever there was a law that needed smacking on the nose with a rolled-up newspaper, it was Hillsville's ill-conceived proposal to control noisy animals.
    Town council members were right to put this idea down, before it created a situation that would likely have resulted in near-constant howls of complaint from citizens and dogged police officers trying to enforce its too-strict rules.

  • Good sportsmanship at Smoke on the Mountain

    I have an interesting story from Smoke on the Mountain.
    As I was making my rounds on Friday morning to see if any of the teams needed anything, I came across one of the pro team members with a sad look on his face.
    He mentioned he had driven 12 hours for the competition and had forgotten the cherry wood he uses to smoke his pork. I told him I would see what I could do.

  • Independence VFW Post commended

    I am writing this letter to get support for some of Grayson County’ s finest.
    They are all in their 60s and 70s, but when a veteran dies they are there to give him or her a military rites as all veterans deserve.
    When there are parades to honor the fallen, they are there — rain, shine, snow. Not because they have to, but because they want to.

  • UMC's stand against Israel opposed

    The United Methodist Church leaders have taken an official stand against Israel. This is very sad for the UMC and the USA.
    Information is available on the Internet. Search under United Methodist Church/Israel.
    Please read Genesis 12:1-3 and pray.
    From a friend of Israel…
    Pete Brinkman

  • Safety takes the cake

    One eatery recently taken into Hillsville by annexation brought town officials cakes and pies to celebrate the change and handed out meal cards as a token of appreciation.
    The visit to Hillsville Town Council’s July 11 meeting must have been a refreshing attitude for town officials.
    While annexation efforts often face stiff opposition from those who basically don’t want to pay extra taxes, that doesn’t seem to have become an issue in Hillsville expanding its town boundaries west of Interstate 77’s Exit 14.

  • Owning a pet is a responsibility, not a privilege

    During the past few months an effort has been going on trying to rescue animals from the Galax-Carroll Grayson Animal Shelter.
    With the help of local and social media, the Twin County Humane Society, a local veterinary office, and rescue groups, more than 10 animals have been adopted.
    While the rescue and placement of these animals is considered a success, there are so many more animals that never make it out of the shelter.

  • Say 'no' to nonsense grants

    The Carroll County Board of Supervisors and the county administrator need to spend more time listening to public opinion and less time trying to manipulate it.
    We were told that the sewer was going to Galax because that would be cheaper than Hillsville.
    But what they didn’t disclose was that an engineering study showed that although the price charged by Galax was less, higher infrastructure expenses would increase the cost so that going to Galax is both more expensive and more vulnerable to breakdowns (some of which have already occurred).