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Today's Opinions

  • Community helped save Christmas for business

    The residents and employees of Galax Health and Rehab would like to say “thank you” to several people in our community.
    The out-building that houses our seasonal decorations caught on fire in November. The fire was quickly under control because of the quick response of our local fire department.
    Unfortunately, many of our Christmas decorations were destroyed, including our trees.
    Many folks came to our rescue with much-needed donations.

  • Legislators' chance for transparancy

    The Virginia General Assembly has in this session a tremendous opportunity to dramatically improve the commonwealth’s approach to transparency in government.

    Numerous bills now pending before the legislature would make documents more accessible, strengthen the Virginia Freedom of Information Act and bolster accountability for public officials. They would afford residents a clearer view of how government works, which is essential in a democratic republic.

    Crucial to this effort will be a freshman class of legislators for whom openness is a priority.

  • Flaccavento is best choice for 9th District

    Never be beholden to anybody. My daddy taught me that when I was about 10 years old.
    It’s an old way of speaking and it may sound a little stingy at first, but it helps me think twice about who I accept favors from, and what that person might expect in return.
    That’s why I wholeheartedly support Anthony Flaccavento in his 9th District campaign for Congress.
    He will not accept money from corporations. He does not have a PAC fund, where donors can hide their affiliation.

  • State legislators must get to work

    American democracy can be a curious enterprise.

    It often unfolds in predictable fashion, carried out by ordinary citizens in stuffy church assembly halls and drafty school gymnasiums and overseen by a phalanx of volunteers and public officials committed to due process and accurate results.

    But sometimes, on the rarest of occasions and in the oddest of circumstances, popular democracy means control of the House of Delegates is effectively determined by which film canister is drawn from a blue ceramic bowl in a Richmond meeting room.

  • Student wants to learn about Virginia

    I am a student at Cascade Christian Schools, and I am writing a report on the state of Virginia.

    We are responsible for gathering as much information as we can about our state. If any of your readers would like to help me by sending any pictures, postcards, used license plates, facts, products, etc. from your state to the address below, it would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you very much.

    Nathan S.

    5th Grader

    Cascade Christian School

    601 9th Ave. S.E.

  • 2017 Editorial Awards: A Series of Unfortunate Events

    Dear reader,

    Before you delve too deeply into the year that just passed, I urge you to reconsider.

    A New Year has just dawned, with all the hope and promise that we assign to every arbitrary turn of the calendar page, and I wouldn’t want you to look back at 2017 and realize you felt just as much misplaced optimism at the beginning of that year as you might as we enter this one.

  • Patients at the mercy of healthcare industry

    Health care in America is an absolute scam.
    While insurance companies, drug companies, and healthcare providers get richer and richer, people who need their services are simply “hostages” to their demands. Either you pay the ransom, or you can just die.
    Congress blames the insurance companies. But they are not about to put any restrictions on the cost of healthcare. (Which drives the cost of insurance).
    Why should they, theirs is free. “We” have to pay for theirs.

  • The myth of tax cuts and job creation

    Since 2001 when China became a member of the World Trade Organization, thousands of major U.S. corporations have shifted manufacturing to China and other low hourly wage countries.
    This has resulted in the loss of millions of American manufacturing jobs, while creating record profits for many American branded corporations.
    American chief executive officers are receiving record compensation for their decisions to utilize much cheaper foreign labor.