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Columns

  • Longest time in history without federal minimum wage increase

    Holly Sklar is the CEO of Business for a Fair Minimum Wage, a national network of business owners and executives who believe a fair minimum wage makes good business sense.

    There are a lot of records that would be great to break. This isn’t one of them: June 16 marked the longest period in history without an increase since the federal minimum wage was established in 1938.

  • Love, do not judge, our neighbors

    John A. Duvall is a retired Methodist pastor from the Comers Rock community of Grayson County

    The St. Louis United Methodist General Conference has been reported for its 53 percent to 47 percent vote (a 54 vote world-wide margin) that homosexual practice is incompatible with Christian teaching. Moves for stricter clergy rules and tighter guidelines on weddings were also considered.

  • Grayson needs accessible, affordable healthcare

    For the past two years, we have seen the Grayson County administration’s dedicated pursuit of affordable and accessible healthcare for citizens.

    With the recent announcement of a partnership with Tri-Area Community Health, that goal is closer to being met.

    In 2017, the Grayson County Board of Supervisors partnered with the Grayson County Senior Advocacy Committee in an effort to pursue funds for a Federally Qualified Healthcare Center (FQHC). Since then, the effort has moved through several phases and has garnered considerable support from the public.

  • A history of Irish immigration

    Editor’s note: This opinion piece refers to a Capital News Service article, “Virginia Is For Irish Lovers,” which was published in The Gazette’s March 15-17 edition. The writer wished to clarify some points about how Irish immigrants came to America.

    The Scot-Irish who settled in Virginia in the 1740s did not come because of the Irish potato famine. The infamous famine was in the 1840s.

  • We need a new standard for when politicians should step down

    Tracey L. Rogers is an entrepreneur and activist living in Northern Virginia.

    In the 400th year since chattel slavery began in the colony of Virginia in 1619, the commonwealth has been under severe duress, with its heads of state embroiled in controversies descended from the colony’s founding sin.

  • ‘Move Over’ for first responders

    Guest column by Virginia Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine and Virginia Secretary of Public Safety & Homeland Security Brian Moran

  • Immigration in focus for rural America

    Brian Depew is with the Center for Rural Affairs, a private, non-profit organization established in 1973 to strengthen small businesses, family farms and ranches, and rural communities through action-oriented programs addressing social, economic and environmental issues.

    A raid in north central Nebraska put a spotlight on immigration in rural America.
    It targeted alleged labor exploitation by a local employment agency. It swept up more than 100 community members and employees of local businesses.

  • Guest column: Non-profit responds to concerns
  • Nursing home advertisement was misleading

    Editor’s note: The following letter is in response to an ad that ran in the Oct. 19-21 edition of The Gazette. The ad was bought by a law firm, Wilkes & McHugh, and listed deficiencies that Galax Health & Rehab (formerly Golden Living Center – Blue Ridge) was cited for.

  • Free press is not the enemy