Today's Opinions

  • Golf game isn't newsworthy

    Breaking news: President Obama and Tiger Woods on the golf course. The news media shut out.
    What does this matter to the ones out there struggling to make a living, pay bills, put food on the table and keep the family together?
    Now the president and Congress are at loggerheads over spending cuts, taxes and sequestration threat that would threaten national security, food inspections, military and more.
    Obama’s little speech to Congress and the American people didn’t bring much hope or reassure one to the many problems this country faces.

  • Strength Team visit praised

    I would like to say that the Strength Team did an outstanding job visiting schools and churches Feb. 6-10, sharing the message of Christ with the community.
    Seeing all the people who went up and accepted Christ as their Savior was great.
    I would like to thank all the schools and churches who allowed them to perform and share their testimony. I would also like to thank David McCall and his organization for getting the Strength Team to come to our area.

  • Family advocates address state's criticism of training center reports

    By Jane Powell, CVTC Families and Friends Inc., and Peter Kinzler,  NVTC Parents and Associates. Powell and Kinzler are members of parent groups fighting the proposed closure of state-run facilities for the intellectually disabled, like the Southwestern Virginia Training Center in Carroll.

  • A tribute to John Pitcher

    One of the few remaining men of “The Greatest Generation” has gone to his final reward and leaves a void in the Hillsville‑Galax community. We have lost an outstanding citizen.
    John K. Pitcher died at his home on Gladesboro Road on Jan. 19.
    A veteran of World War II, he served in the 3rd Infantry Division, U.S. Army for three years and saw active duty in Germany.
    He was a Master Gardener and grew flowers and a variety of trees which he donated to beautify the Hillsville‑Galax area. The fruits of his efforts may be seen in many places here.

  • Steele preserves history

    Kudos to Shirley Harmon Steele for preparing a history of Woodlawn School from 1878 to 2013 and sharing it with the community and former students. What a gift she has given us!
    Shirley is sharing a wealth of information and photos. She has spent countless hours gathering information and photos and assembling the CDs about the history of the school and the students who have attended it.
    Shirley donated all proceeds from the CDs for the benefit of Woodlawn Middle School students. CDs are available for purchase at Woodlawn Middle School during school hours.

  • Is Roe vs. Wade to be mourned or celebrated?

    On Jan. 22, the citizens of this nation either mourned or celebrated the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. Few issues in our country’s history have divided us so.
    For an example, look no further than myself. I am 16, and I firmly believe that abortion is the greatest evil of our country. But many girls my age or younger have had or will soon have an abortion, and fiercely defend their right to do so.
    The difference between us is not our parents, education, or friends. It runs much deeper.

  • A caution about Facebook

    Sad but true. Fools’ names, like their faces, are always found in public places. Your satisfaction comes from your belief that you can deceive others as you’ve deceived yourself.
    This is accomplished by your relationship with handchosen friends with similar kind of thought as you.
    You are now able to enjoy the fiddler but realize that soon there will come a time that he must be paid. There are honorable methods of communicating with God that you have chosen to obey not.
    You are simply using Facebook to develop a friendship of the world.

  • Animal shelter policies questioned

    So, let me get this straight. The animal shelter manager was unaware that the Humane Society was interested in a specific dog.
    This same dog that they promptly euthanized was pictured the weekend before in The Gazette. One would think that they would keep dogs that have been featured in the paper for as long as possible.
    The shelter claims it had to make space for seven dogs that were “supposedly” being turned in to the shelter. We need specific answers from the shelter manager.