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Today's Opinions

  • In praise of public servants

    Many people who spend their careers in public service consider it more a calling than a profession.

    Teachers, for instance, are not drawn to the classroom for the pay or benefits. Quite the contrary. Many spend their lives working with children despite the hardship it inflicts on their bank accounts.

  • Phone service fix needed in Elk Creek

    What is happening to the phone service in Elk Creek? My phone has been dead for 26 days, as of May 16. There are phone trucks around, but when the drivers are spoken to, they claim to be contractors who do not do repairs.
    Without access to 911, I am in a critical situation as is a large percentage of Elk Creek residents living in a dead zone for cell service.

  • Turnout should have been better for city election

    I was fortunate enough to be able to vote in the May 8, 2018, race for members of the Galax City Council. I feel it is my duty as a citizen, and also my privilege.

    It may be more dear to me since I have also stood for election five times in my career as commonwealth’s attorney. While I am very grateful for all who turn out to vote each year, it troubles me that so few of our citizens make it a priority to vote in these local elections.

  • Grayson 4-H needs help for sumer camp

    I am writing on behalf of Grayson County 4-H and the camping program. We are very excited to camp this year. We have many exciting programs planned and know that camp will teach participants many lifelong lessons.
    Each year, we have families who want to give their child an opportunity to enjoy camp, but experience financial hardship. This year, we have exhausted all of our in-house funds to support campers and still have families that are in need.

  • Schools should continue teaching cursive handwriting

    If your kid knows how to print his name, he (or she) is lucky.
    PBS television devoted a cutesy feature segment May 5 to the alleged pain and difficulty of learning cursive handwriting.
    Huh? It didn’t hurt me, though holding a pencil was awkward at first. Many of us learned cursive in the second or third grade, a rite of passage that made us proud.

  • Sinister side of politics overshadows good news

    You would think a good economy, jobs, strengthening our military, boosting security at our borders and a tax break are great for this country.
    But, no, it is the sinister side of politics, porn stars, slush fund ties, cover-up, who is minding the store.
    From day one, blame it all on fake news. This bulldog attitude has been shown the law, ethics and the truth does not apply to this pompous government.

  • Free Market offers positive change in Grayson

    Grayson County is so lucky to have caring people that start new programs and projects that benefit others. One of our newest additions it the “Free Market,” which is housed at the old Briarpatch Metalworks on Highway 21 North.

  • Candidate would be a fresh voice on council

    I am writing to encourage City of Galax residents to vote “YES” for Travis Haynes for city council in the May 1 election. I have known Mr. Haynes as a co-worker and a friend and can speak to his integrity, his strong work ethic and his capacity for objectivity and fairness on issues that will ultimately face each citizen in the future.