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Columns

  • School board chairman responds to supervisors’ comments

    Carroll County School Board Chairman Brian Spencer released this response at the board’s June 14 meeting in response to criticisms the previous night from members of the Carroll County Board of Supervisors. Some supervisors alleged that the school board deliberately overlooked additional state funds during their budget process.

  • Tariffs alone won't restart U.S. economy

    By Nancy Liebrecht, Galax

    During an oil change at Hines Tire in Fries, I was chatting with the guys there when one fellow, a former textile worker, remarked that tariffs will bring back manufacturing to the US.

  • Carroll sheriff responds to questions

    Editor’s note: The Gazette asked Carroll Sheriff J.B. Gardner to reply to this Hotline caller’s comments, and he wrote the following lengthy explanation. Here is the original call:

  • Restoring rights to felons: redemption or politics?

    Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Salem, has represented Virginia’s Ninth Congressional District since 2011. The district includes Carroll and Grayson counties and Galax. He previously was majority leader in the Virginia House of Delegates.

  • A legal, moral authority to restore rights

    This editorial first appeared in the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk.

    Sometimes in politics, the most effective maneuver is to do nothing. Especially when your adversary is making a huge mistake.

    Republican lawmakers in Richmond are desperately trying to make hay of Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s decision to restore the civil rights of 200,000 ex-convicts who have served their time and completed all requirements for supervised release, probation or parole.

  • Memorial Day has special significance in Galax this year

    By Frank Plichta, Galax

    For many families, Memorial Day is a most sacred time to remember their family members who served in the Armed Forces and sacrificed all that they had, to preserve the freedoms that we enjoy today.

    Many thousands fell on the battlefields around the world, some never to return home and some that are still missing after many years. Still many more returned home and lived out their lives in their communities for which they fought unselfishly.

  • Historic 1908 Courthouse was saved 30 years ago

    Laura A. Bryant of Independence is president of the 1908 Courthouse Foundation

    Thirty years ago the Grayson County Supervisors placed the 1908 Courthouse for sale to the highest bidder on the new courthouse steps.

    Much controversy, speculation, public meetings, speeches, newspaper articles and other pressures led to this decision.

    Dan Baldwin, then president of the Nautilus International plant and lifelong Grayson citizen, bought the landmark and gave it to citizens of the county.

  • The nature (or nurture?) of the beast

    Recent news stories in the area concerning pit bull attacks have reawakened the tireless debate about whether the dog breed is a safe choice for a pet. Some believe that the fault of a pit bull attack rests on the shoulders of a neglectful or careless owner; while others believe that the breed has a predisposition to violence and that an attack is inevitable.

  • State police executive director shares statistics

    Submitted by Colonel and Sheriff (Ret) M. Wayne Huggins, executive director of the Virginia State Police Association, on behalf of the VSPA Board of Directors

    Editor’s note: The article referred to by Huggins was also published in The Gazette. The statistics highlighted in the article were obtained from the Crime in Virginia Report from 2014.

    I am writing in response to the article that appeared in the “Declaration” on March 1, titled, “Sheriff Wants Fair Budget for Law Enforcement.”

  • Right time to celebrate sunshine

    Ginger Stanley is executive director of the Virginia Press Association. She wrote the following column that was published last week by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

    Weather forecasts have been reporting warmer temperatures and lots of sunshine for central Virginia. Who doesn’t like sunshine, especially this time of year?

    This is the perfect weather to kick off Sunshine Week, an annual celebration of access to public information and what it means for you and your community.