http://www.galaxgazette.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Saving our poorest localities http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/saving-our-poorest-localities <p> <em>James W. &ldquo;Will&rdquo; Morefield (R-Tazewell) represents the 3rd District in the Virginia House of Delegates. He plans to submit legislation to the General Assembly that would exempt all residents and corporations from personal and corporate income tax for a period of 10 years in some of Virginia&rsquo;s poorest counties.</em></p> <p> &bull;</p> Wolf deserves recognition in Galax http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/wolf-deserves-recognition-galax <p> I have just read an opinion regarding the need to recognize McKinley Wolf at the Galax High School. I second the need.<br /> As a native of Galax and graduate I knew him well, as well as his mother. I am still supporting Galax High through the foundation.<br /> It is men like Mr. Wolf that has made students better people and citizens.<br /> Thank you.<br /> <strong>Walter B. Blair<br /> Cincinnati, Ohio</strong><br /> <em>Editor&rsquo;s note: Wolf was a custodian at Galax Elementary School.</em></p> A double standard in sentencing? http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/double-standard-sentencing <p> I was shocked when I read the article titled &ldquo;Former rescue captain gets second chance,&rdquo; in the July 7-9, 2017 paper.<br /> Then I thought about my own dealings I have had with the courts and it moved to anger.<br /> I&rsquo;ve heard this story from so many different people from all walks of life and mostly it always ends in prison, which is where I am.<br /> What makes this case different? It said in the article that he was convicted in 2010 of possession of morphine, but it was dismissed as a result of the first offender law.<br /> Judges praise Galax BBQ contest http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/judges-praise-galax-bbq-contest <p> We would like to say thanks to the residents of Galax for the amazing time that we had judging this year&rsquo;s Smoke on the Mountain.<br /> We attend a lot of BBQ events but this was far and away one of the best. The judging was extremely well organized and Shannon Dalton and her wonderful group of volunteers took great care of us during the event. It is rare to see a group of folks work so hard to make an event come together.<br /> Fries building town into fun, welcoming destination http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/fries-building-town-fun-welcoming-destination <p> The recent success of the first-ever LandCare Rocks the River outdoor event in Fries is just one notable example of how the little riverside community has stepped up its level of appeal to tourists and locals alike.</p> <p> Organizers expected around 150 people for the LandCare celebration, which was put on to celebrate our many local, natural resources used for livelihood, as well as recreation (the river, the trail, etc.) The final total not only met this goal, but went over by 500 more.</p> Legislators compromised by campaign cash http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/legislators-compromised-campaign-cash <p> It&rsquo;s a little mystery that Galax-area voters have almost figured out, but not quite. Why are realtors, the health industry, beer wholesalers and bankers, coal operators and electric utilities shoving all that cash into the Virginia legislature?</p> <p> &ldquo;Puzzles plus money produce the view that the money explains the puzzles,&rdquo; legal scholar Lawrence Lessig wrote. &ldquo;In a line: We don&rsquo;t trust our government.&rdquo;</p> Carroll budget decisions questioned http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/carroll-budget-decisions-questioned <p> Two supervisors voted against approving the 2018 Carroll County budget.<br /> Jodie Foster said it best: &ldquo;There&rsquo;s a tremendous amount of power that comes from not having to say yes.&rdquo;<br /> Our budget is unique in that accountability is controlled by your vote. A budget really breaks down to two things. Needs and wants.<br /> In my opinion, our budgets indicate a ratio of 35 percent needs and 65 percent wants.<br /> A lot of good people work in county administration and deserve decent pay and benefits.<br /> Don't let political burnout keep you from staying informed http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/dont-let-political-burnout-keep-you-staying-informed <p> It has been eight months since the events of last year&rsquo;s presidential election, and probably even longer since most of us have made it through a quiet morning of checking emails and reading news articles without seeing something questionable related to our nation&rsquo;s politics.</p> <p> There&rsquo;s no doubt, no matter which side you take in the argument, that our nation is divided right now; and those who are not still angry towards either the left or right side (or both sides) may have fallen into a bit of a slump when it comes to staying informed.</p>