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Today's Opinions

  • ‘Move Over’ for first responders

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

  • Too much emphasis on sports in school

    Why do we have schools and public education? The founding fathers believed that an educated populace was necessary in a democracy, whereby we govern ourselves by electing representatives to make laws and look out for the good of the people.
    In the late 1800s and throughout the 20th century, schools were viewed as social institutions to change society. Hence, the so-called progressives embarked on a plan with more and more federal intervention. This continues today with No Child Left Behind and other programs.

  • Border wall would do more harm than good

    Editor’s note: This letter was sent to U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-9th District) and the author requested it also be published in the newspaper. Griffith’s district includes the City of Galax and Carroll and Grayson counties.

  • Firefighters thank business for gift

    On New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, Laurel Fork Volunteer Fire Department had serious issues with our well.

    Claude S. Brewer Well Drilling in Galax came out on both major holidays and fixed the trouble.

    When we received the bill, Ted Brewer, the owner, wrote, “Pay it forward. God Bless.” His company completed the work at no charge as community service.

    We are deeply grateful for their expertise and skills, and this remarkable gift.

  • Democracy isn't for anyone

    The hard lesson we need to learn from Iraq and Afghanistan is that people who are not mentally prepped to be self-determined will go back to their subservient former states.
    Modern democracies and republics are based upon Christian-based free will in part, on philosophers such as Locke, Voltaire, Hume, Kant, etc.; who if they had tried to put forth their philosophies in a setting such as the aforementioned countries, they would have been executed and their works destroyed.

  • Child shares Christmas story

    Andy Johnson, age 8, of Galax, shared this Christmas story with us:

    The Christmas Tree

    A long time ago, there was a family that celebrated Christmas every year.

    One year, there were three days until Christmas, but Mr. Frost decided to get the Christmas tree on the 23rd so he went with Mrs. Frost to get the tree for Christmas.

    “We’re here,” said Mr. Frost. Then, the Frost family got out of their truck to find that perfect tree, but there was only five trees left.

  • Businesses should clear snow, ice

    I think it’s a good time to remind business owners of their responsibility in snowy, icy weather.
    The reason it’s on my mind is a couple of things I just experienced. And to protect the guilty, I will not mention business names.

  • 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.