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Columns

  • Never too late to quit smoking, vaping

    Herm Reavis is a native of Galax (the Reavistown community) and a Virginia Communications Hall of Fame member. He retired after 64 years in radio and television broadcasting. Reavis moved to the Roanoke Valley in 1953 and currently resides in Salem.

    As I read about the current movie “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” featuring DiCaprio and Pitt, I am reminded of many years ago one of our granddaughters, while reading a story to her little sister, saying “one a ponsa time.”

  • Gun owners must push for sensible regulations

    Stephen Nash is a visiting senior research scholar at the University of Richmond, and the author of the book “Virginia Climate Fever,” published by the University of Virginia Press.

    Listen up, Galax area gun owners, especially if you’re a Republican.

    Each of us has powerful leverage to affect legislation in Virginia right now. It only takes a few keyboard clicks and quick voicemails.

  • Democracy won't die if we don't let it

    Editor’s note: Lee H. Hamilton is a senior advisor for the Indiana University Center on Representative Government and served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years.

    Democracy’s premise is that ordinary citizens can make solid decisions on complex issues. But this basic principle and the structure of laws and practices erected over the centuries to safeguard it are being questioned as rarely before.

  • Continuing to fight the opioid crisis

    Congressman Morgan Griffith (R) represents Virginia’s 9th District in the U.S. House of Representatives. The district covers much of Southwest Virginia, including the City of Galax and Carroll and Grayson counties.

    Data recently released by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and analyzed by the Washington Post has renewed attention to the origins of the opioid crisis afflicting communities across our Commonwealth and country.

  • 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