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Today's Opinions

  • Don’t vote for status quo in town election

    I was disheartened to learn that only one person registered to run/challenge our current Independence Town Council members.
    Only Jessica Anders is running as a new person for a town council seat this spring. Three council members are running: E.F. Butch Reeves (mayor), Buddy Halsey and Jeffrey Miller. The election is May 1. I look forward to learning about Ms. Anders and her platform.
    Over the last six years, I have witnessed multiple complaints about town council and the town manager.

  • Are we better off now in 9th District?

    Can anyone tell me where I can buy a red “Make America Great Again” hat that was actually made in America?
    Can anyone tell me one thing that Morgan Griffith, our congressman for the 9th District, has done for Grayson or Carroll counties?
    Can anyone tell me that life is better since the time Rick Boucher was our congressman and actually got things done for us?

  • 9th District deserves better representation

    I was on my way home from a doctor’s appointment in Wytheville when I stopped by the Lakes to Florida grill on Highway 21. I got to talking with the man behind the counter while we waited for my onion rings to cook. 
    We talked about winter weather and hard times, and when I said I was grateful for Medicare, I got an earful.
    This man e-mailed Rep. Morgan Griffith every day for two solid months, trying to get some help. A member of his family had an urgent disability application and they were stuck in a bunch of red tape.

  • Objections to closing fell on deaf ears

    For six years, local legislators have campaigned on behalf of our community to reverse the impending closure of the Southwestern Virginia Training Center in Carroll County.

    But this year, with the mental health facility still slated to close by the end of June, after 40 years, there’s a deep sense of loss and discouragement. Our state representatives’ efforts once again were denied advancement in the 2018 General Assembly, which is set to adjourn this week.

  • Taking the initiative

    The effort to draw interest and create a sustainable community in Grayson County is nothing new; in fact, steady (and at times, staggering) improvements in our locality such as job creation (Oak Hall, Nautilus), agricultural stability (Matthews Farm, the GATE Center) and countless recreational resources regularly headline our newspaper.

    But in recent months, we’ve seen a refreshing new surge of interest in the betterment of our county, from Grayson’s new county administrator, William “Bill” Shepley.

  • More benches needed

    We are asking Walmart for more sitting benches in their store.
    We shop there as least once a week and, being senior citizens, there are times we need to take a short break.
    Not just for us, but younger people with children.
    Thank you.
    Terry Stewart
    Pauline Murphy
    Galax

  • Billy Graham: a steadfast voice for Christianity

    During a time when the shifting winds of morality reoriented the nation, the Rev. Billy Graham stood his ground.

    When the culture seemed to marginalize those preaching the message of God’s love, Graham’s voice continued to ring out.

    And when people of all backgrounds — from paupers to presidents — looked for spiritual guidance, they found Graham’s open arms.

  • Novant should keep Galax office open

    This letter to editor is in reference to the closing of Novant Health’s cardiology office located on West Stuart Drive in Galax.
    I was so shocked to learn some two or three weeks ago that the Galax office was closing. I was no more shocked than all the employees that worked at the office. They were told the previous Friday.
    I was told that they had tried to get a cardiologist to come to Galax and were trying to find replacement jobs for the employees.