• Broadband project will help Grayson compete

    On May 15, Grayson County was selected to be the very first pilot program for electric middle mile broadband deployment in the state of Virginia.
    We have a chance to go from the least-connected county in Southwest Virginia, where the majority of our residents have inadequate to no internet service, to acquiring significant broadband internet speeds and truly being able to compete with the rest of the commonwealth.

  • No help for stray animal at shelter

    My brother and I had a stray cat hang around our house for a couple of weeks. As I already have one, we couldn’t keep it.
    My brother called the animal shelter in Galax. He got a recording saying that the Galax Police Department needed to be contacted for this situation. He did so and was told they couldn’t do anything.
    I called the animal shelter three times myself to make sure I understood everything. There was no alternative provided besides the police department.
    Ultimately, the cat was run over.

  • Reader shares poem, 'A Mother's Touch'

    God blessed mothers with something very special we call,
    “A mother’s touch,” you see.
    God just filled mothers to overflowing with love and hugs,
    for you and me.

    A mother’s touch is like none other.
    It can comfort and soothe and make the pain go away.
    Mothers have the most rewarding of jobs,
    one can have today.

    The benefits add up to a fleeting childhood,
    that goes by much too fast.
    As years go by, remembering a mother’s touch,

  • City council needs to be accountable

    I addressed Galax City Council for the third time on Feb. 11 with facts and concerns about our community.
    First fact: The economical growth statistic, 2014-2024, every industry and business across the board is 0%. Mayor Mitchell activated his three-minute timer. No comment by council.
    Second fact: Galax has been the meth capital for decades. No comment by council.

  • Collusion and delusion in the White House

    Collusion and delusion are the hallmarks for this government.
    A brief history of this clown in the White House. He has gotten his way, so-called success, by stepping on people, use and abuse, insulting the poor and disabled, and lying his fool head off if he can’t blame someone else.
    From the start to the present, it is his way on the highway. Cannot stand to be corrected or for a woman to have power and authority.
    He has shown four four-star generals the door, looking like privates.

  • Common courtesy and common sense are dead

    In the age we’re living in now, people are so immersed in their phones they’re not even people anymore.
    When you’re out with your family, put down your phone. When you’re home, turn your phone off! We keep a landline so people can reach us that really need to, and so we don’t ignore the people in our lives for hours while we scroll through meaningless information.
    If you’re driving slow in the left lane, move over!

  • Raise my taxes to pay for education

    To tax or not tax. This has always been the dilemma for the Carroll Board of Supervisors.
    Some handled this with dignity by supporting education and other needs, while others have failed miserably to meet citizens’ needs.
    No one likes a tax increase, but I don’t believe any parent desires their children to attend schools with 25 or 30 students per teacher, as we once had. You will deprive students from getting a quality education.

  • Support of home-schooling questioned

    Being formed by public education teachers and having worked as a teacher and principal in public schools, I suppose that I have an innate prejudice and love for public education; I cannot comprehend any reason for encouraging or supporting home-schooling in Virginia.

  • Information about area needed

    The following letter to the editor was submitted by a third-grade student in Northern Virginia, who is seeking information for a class project.

    Dear people of the great state of Virginia,
    Hello! I am a third grade student in Northern Virginia. In third grade, we do state projects, and I have chosen my state! I am very excited to learn more about the great state of Virginia as I work on my project.

  • Border wall is not necessary

    My family moved to West Texas in 1954.
    Miles and miles of mountains on both sides of the Rio Grande river and miles of desert without access or water west of the river.
    This wall is not necessary. It is a very sick joke and there is great need of those billions of dollars for jobs in this country.
    Unless you just don’t care, you are not made aware of this on Fox & Friends.
    Phillip Boatman