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Today's Opinions

  • Free press is not the enemy
  • 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.