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Today's Opinions

  • Letters to the Editor for 7/28/08

    SHELTER STAFF HAS TOUGH JOB

    I would like to say a word on behalf of the ladies tending the regional animal shelter.

    They have difficult, dirty, thankless jobs, but I have always found them to be friendly and helpful.

    Part of their job is protecting animals in their care. If a person is lurking outside the fence throwing “treats” to the inside, what way do the shelter attendants have of knowing whether the treats are good or something harmful?

  • Shelter Solutions

    Few topics inspire as much passion as animals and their treatment, and those strong feelings were brought to the surface recently in Galax, when a citizen pleaded the city to extend the amount of time dogs and cats are kept at the regional animal shelter before they are euthanized.

    City officials promised to look into the matter, with assurances that they do indeed care about our four-legged friends and their fates.

    But, there’s a painful reality check coming.

  • Letters to the Editor for 7/21/08

    DON'T RUSH TO SELL PROPERTY

    This is in response to the announcement that has created so much excitement in the newspapers that there is going to be another truck stop and possibly a hotel and dirt racetrack at Exit 1 [of Interstate 77].

    While this is a start, long range planning should be looking at the needs of industry that provide secure, high-paying jobs.

  • Fries a fine example of patriotism

    As I sit here on Main Street in Fries, I can’t help but feel patriotic pride. This is truly small town USA, the kind of a town we read about in National Geographic that observes Independence Day with old-fashioned patriotic spirit.

    I am sitting in the parking lot of Fries Baptist Church, across the street from the Fries Middle School, the home of the Wildcats. There is a PA system playing patriotic songs. I can observe people that already line the street a half-hour prior to the parade.

  • Progress takes time

    Sometimes, fortunes change with the flowing of the tides.

    In the case of Lambsburg and Carroll County, the economic tides turned when finding a source of ground water allowed a major investment to move forward.

    Drilling a successful well was the remaining hurdle to clear in attracting a new company to locate off Interstate 77’s Exit 1 in Lambsburg.

  • Letters to the Editor for 7/14/08

    CELL TOWER HAS MANY SUPPORTERS

    As owner of the Fries High School Web site www.frieshighschool.com, I am in contact with many people who live in Fries and the Fries area, and people who are from Fries and now live away.

    We are strong supporters of issues concerning the Town of Fries and the Fries area that benefit people living there and people who visit the town and the Fries area.

    We are staunch supporters of U.S. Cellular and its cell tower in Fries.

  • Grow your own future

    The Twin Counties have seen first-hand the loss of domestic industry. First textiles declined and then the furniture plants closed, putting more than 1,000 out of work in Galax, Carroll and Grayson.

    It would be unfortunate to see another local industry go the way of the factories, but there's been a steady downward trend in another traditional Twin County pursuit — farming.

    Even so, agricultural commodities and forest products are still worth millions of dollars to the economy.

  • Letters to the Editor for 7/7/08

    TAX HIKE NOT NEEDED TO FIX ROADS

    On July 9, the General Assembly will reconvene to finalize the state’s transportation bill.

    There are plans to raise the state gas tax by 35 percent to an additional 6 cents per gallon. Vehicle registrations will increase $10 per year. Titling taxes will also rise.

    We need to make sure that our transportation needs are met, but we do not have to raise taxes in order to maintain our roads.