http://www.galaxgazette.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Keep up the fight for training center's future http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/keep-fight-training-centers-future <p> Ever since its closing was announced five years ago, everyone from parents and county leaders to advocacy groups and state legislators have been fighting to prevent the closing of the Southwestern Virginia Training Center in 2018.</p> <p> This valiant effort continues, even after years of discouraging results and their pleas falling on mostly deaf ears in Richmond.</p> Flying tattered flag is disrespectful http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/flying-tattered-flag-disrespectful <p> There is a local business with a flag on a pole in such a deplorable state.<br /> The stripes are torn almost up to the stars. The flag&rsquo;s red stripes are orange, in addition to our flag being in shreds.<br /> I was told the owner is a veteran. Last year, his flag was in poor shape and I went there with a free flag, if he would give me the torn flag. He did not want my flag, but did put up another two weeks later.<br /> Now this year, this flag is far worse than last year&rsquo;s.<br /> How can any American with a conscience let our flag fly in shreds?<br /> People have lost faith in government http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/people-have-lost-faith-government <p> Not since President Franklin Roosevelt have we seen such a large number of executive orders in only two weeks in office.<br /> One executive order was signed to roll back the restraints on banking. These restraints were put in place after the financial crisis of 2007-2008. These restraints were supposed to keep big banks from a repeat of 2007 and 2008.<br /> We have a former chief executive officer of Goldman Sachs who is now secretary of the treasury under Trump. He is Steven Mnuchin and was a cohort along with Bernie Madoff in a scheme to keep people from their life savings. Resource officer sets positive example http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/resource-officer-sets-positive-example <p> <em>Editor&rsquo;s note: This letter is in response to a Readers Hotline call published in the Feb. 8 edition of The Gazette. The caller questioned why Grayson County High School&rsquo;s resource officer was helping with a band class.</em></p> Health care costs are outrageous http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/health-care-costs-are-outrageous <p> This is what I call outrageous.<br /> Let me explain. Today I got one of many medical bills. This one was from LabCorp. They (the hospital), took about 10 blood samples and LabCorp did 12 tests.<br /> The bill from LabCorp was $2,306. That was to do 12 tests. I find it impossible to believe that cost is justified.<br /> So, I called LabCorp to get an explanation. The rep told me that $2,306 is what my insurance was billed.<br /> And if I did not have insurance, that would be &ldquo;my&rdquo; bill. But unlike me, the insurance company can negotiate. So, get a load of this.<br /> Dangerous times ahead, but America still strong http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/dangerous-times-ahead-america-still-strong <p> 2016 was not a year to write home about, where the lows outweighed the highs.<br /> Violence upon police officers at a record high. Division and hate resulting in death, injury and distrust of authorities.<br /> A shameful and evil heart brings on pain and misery.<br /> Politics no better. D.C. (District Clowns) continues to live in a fantasy world of make believe. But there may be a little ray of hope from a new president.<br /> Make America great again.<br /> Drain the swamp and fill it with billionaires and people who will go back step with the government.<br /> Reflecting on WCC’s past year http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/reflecting-wcc%E2%80%99s-past-year <p> <strong>Dr. Dean Sprinkle is president of Wytheville Community College</strong></p> <p> With the start of a new year, it&rsquo;s timely to reflect on the prior year at Wytheville Community College. I have had the privilege of serving as WCC&rsquo;s president for the past year and a half, and I have been overwhelmed and humbled by how the college faculty, staff, students and communities have welcomed me and my wife, Janie.</p> Beyond Obamacare http://www.galaxgazette.com/content/beyond-obamacare <p> <strong>By Rep. Morgan Griffith</strong></p> <p> Every day brings new word of the damage Obamacare has inflicted on our healthcare system. As long as this law is on the books, it will diminish the quality, affordability, and choice of healthcare for everyday Americans.</p> <p> In the seven years since Obamacare became law, the promises made by its creators have been broken.</p> <p> President Obama told us that we could keep our doctors. You can&rsquo;t always. President Obama told us we could keep our insurance if we liked it. You can&rsquo;t.</p>