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Today's Opinions

  • Letters to the Editor for 12/21/09

    Senior programs praised

    I have been meaning to write a letter to praise the senior program at the Galax Recreation Center.

    I have taken advantage of many parties observed during the summer, fall and Christmas season. It is always a joy to see old friends there.

    I attend the fun bingo games each month, with Michael Dees calling out the numbers. There are usually close to 70 people that attend. I applaud Mike in his many efforts to make the center a fun, user-friendly place.

  • Creating the future

    Sometimes the realization of years of planning and working and dreaming are not announced with fireworks or fanfare.

    Sometimes, you just realize that a long-promised change in the state of things has happened.

    Such is the case with Galax's mission to become a "cultural district," a community devoted to the visual and performing arts, centered around the Chestnut Creek School of the Arts downtown.

    The school is still months away from its grand opening, but already there's a feeling in the air, an electricity sparked by creative minds.

  • Making the Grade in Fries

    The Grayson County School System is making every effort possible to achieve accreditation division-wide, an undertaking that should earn them some “extra credit” on their school report card.

    The school system has only one school remaining — Fries Middle — to achieve that goal.

    With less than 40 schools throughout Virginia fully accredited for the 2009-10 school year, the school administrators know the importance of achieving this goal, and they have responded.

  • Volunteers deserve respect

    It would be difficult to overstate the importance of volunteers and the services they provide to the community.

    Those who volunteer share their time, energy and knowledge with friends, neighbors, family and strangers, all while sacrificing their own comfort, to do some good.

  • Letters to the Editor for 11/23/09

    Greeting open to interpretation

    I’ve noticed recent postings in the Readers’ Hotline about the meaning of the word “evening.”

    I grew up in New England. I may be a Yankee by birth, but I had no choice in the matter. I’m a Southerner by choice. And in New England, the word “evening” means dusk or 6 p.m., whichever comes first, and everybody there understands that as the meaning of the word.

    And, when I lived there, I used that meaning of the word.

  • 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.