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Columns

  • Fix zoning instead of repealing it

    John S. Fant of Independence has a background in project and mission planning from his time in the military.

  • Zoning repeal? Not so fast, Grayson

    The Grayson supervisors’ debate about a proposed repeal of the county’s zoning ordinance has revealed an internal conflict on that board that mirrors the divided nature of citizens’ opinions on the issue.
    Though the anti-zoning faction on the board has claimed — with only anecdotal evidence — that their mission follows the will of a majority of citizens, the more vocal group has been the one defending zoning. More of them have been speaking at meetings, writing letters to the newspaper and voting in a Gazette online poll.

  • Why Virginia needs a farm bill now

    By J. Calvin Parrish, state executive director for the USDA Farm Service Agency; and Ellen Davis, state director for USDA Rural Development

  • 2013 EDITORIAL AWARDS

    There’s a lot of national “news” we’d like to forget about 2013 — Obamacare debates, the “fiscal cliff,” Honey Boo Boo, twerking, “selfie” pics and state election ads on TV.
    However, we could watch footage of Miley Cyrus and Honey Boo Boo snapping a selfie pic and twerking as they drove a car off the fiscal cliff over, and over and over. But, with our luck, Obamacare would cover their recovery and then they’d be back.

  • Despite steep cost, curvy road at least needs warning signs

    As Grayson County citizens sign a petition to get the Virginia Department of Transportation to erect better warning signs for unsuspecting truckers traveling on Comers Rock Road, people in Carroll County are no doubt feeling a little déjà vu.

  • Library book review could benefit from variety of viewpoints

    The Galax High School Library Book Committee was recently formed to create a screening matrix for books coming into the high school library.
    The group is made up of a handful of individuals, including school officials, parents and one honor student. And while they plan to get input from the community on this issue, Superintendent Bill Sturgill noted that he wants to be careful about the group’s size, since too many voices could halt productivity.

  • How about a limited government?

    John J. Nunn of Galax is a retired furniture manufacturer and internet service provider.

  • Grading scale fails to give accurate portrayal of public schools

    School officials are concerned about the state Board of Education’s recent approval of an A-F grading scale for schools, and rightly so.
    The new scale, which will assign an overall grade for every school in Virginia, will complement the accreditations and federal accountability rating systems that are already in place. However, many educators feel that the grade will give too simplistic a view of their schools’ capabilities.

  • Getting ready for the insurance marketplace

    GUEST EDITORIAL
     By Jon D. Applebaum, CEO of Twin County Regional Healthcare

  • County needs more home-grown jobs

    From the outside looking in, it seems careful and considerate planning went into the economic development effort that led to the announcement of Virginia Produce Co. expanding to four times its current size.
    Job creation efforts in Carroll County have many times in the past followed a simple money model.