• Elect representatives who understand

    I don’t remember a mid-term election when primaries were so breathlessly observed and reported.
    Conservative incumbents are challenged from the right by newcomers who are “Trumpier.” Democrats are challenged from the left by progressive candidates.
    With each upset, pundits read the tea leaves: What does this mean for the mid-term election in November?

  • Vote for the person, not the party

    As an independent, not aligned with either establishment party, I find myself amazed by the current political climate. To me, a vote is sacred, and should be applied to the best person running regardless of party affiliation.
    When I vote, I do so with the larger community in mind, hoping that the person I have chosen will do as he or she says, and that most of us will benefit by that choice.

  • Political situation inspires opposition

    President Obama saved the country after the 2008 financial collapse. His administration shored up failing banks and prevented the demise of critical industries; but to do this, he calculated he could not hold accountable the speculators and financiers who caused the crisis. This was a significant mistake.

  • Praying for mercy for accused mother

    It’s been over a year since the death of my great-grandson Jaylen. It’s been a hard and painful time for the entire family.

    His mom, dad and baby brother are really having a hard time, not just because of his passing but because of battling the legal system.

    We see people who kill people, who only get a slap on the wrist. This was a tragic accident and the legal system is trying hang her and make an example of her.

  • Helmick bids farewell to council

    My father once told me, “once you start something you should finish it.” And that has been my intention since being elected.
    But unfortunately, due to health concerns I must resign from city council. I have quietly been stepping down from other roles in the community, such as the Rotary board and as a deacon at my church.
    My wife and I still intend to live here in Galax permanently; we love the people. I have a thriving business where we were recently voted the Best Financial Advisor in the area, which I am honored by.

  • Griffith rarely visits Twin Counties

    It’s no secret that many voters in Galax are unhappy with the lack of attention we’ve received from Congressman Morgan Griffith. Though Griffith sends low-level staffers around infrequently, I can’t remember the last time he was in town.
    In contrast, former Congressman Rick Boucher made frequent appearances to meet with his constituents all around the district.

  • Kaine thanked for help with refund

    I want to publicly thank Sen. Tim Kaine and his staff, particularly Laura, for much assistance in obtaining a long overdue federal tax refund for my friend Edward, who is an 89-year-old retired Air Force veteran who served in Korea and Vietnam.
    We had been unable to connect with the IRS to seek information and were quite frustrated. Through persistent, diligent work, Sen. Kaine’s office was able to contact an IRS advocate and eventually get the funds released. The refund arrived in today’s mail.

  • Working to get corporate money out of elections

    I recently attended a conference in Washington, D.C. with American Promise, a group that is focused on limiting campaign spending in US elections.
    This issue should be the key focus of all citizens, because unless we can reform the way our elections are financed, each of our individual votes is drowned out by the flood of corporate money influencing our politicians.
    This is NOT a partisan issue. It affects all of our votes regardless of where your choices fall on the political spectrum.

  • Better phone service needed

    I am an older widow and maybe considered an outsider, but we have owned a cabin near Flatridge for 45 years. I don’t have any cell service, as I am behind the mountain from the tower. Therefore, I had to rely on a land line over the years.

  • Saddened by state of the country

    It is a very sad time in our country when people who really care about the community are gunned down and killed; from a 17 year veteran firefighter in California to five senior staff members of a newspaper in Maryland.
    Rejects of society who have a life of misery bring it upon innocent souls that cause pain and tears.
    If it’s not police officers, it’s firefighters or bystanders. Gun violence seems to be an everyday occurrence in our society, where losers run amok and who do not care for anything.