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Columns

  • Zoning law needs a scalpel, not an ax

    Last week, Grayson County supervisors put a temporary stop to the controversial zoning repeal that has split the county into two sides over the past month.
    The supervisors, the newspaper and social media have heard arguments from all sides during this divisive debate.
    Some believe that zoning restricts their personal freedom to do what they want with their property. Others like zoning for that exact reason, because they don’t want to wind up with a brewery or a Hooters erected next to their church or family farm.

  • Arguments in favor of zoning

    These “zoning talking points” were submitted to The Gazette by Concerned Citizens for Grayson County and signed by the Rev. Laura M. George, J.D., and members of the group. The Grayson Board of Supervisors is considering a repeal of the county’s zoning ordinance.

    Zoning and Taxes
    Zoning reduces taxes by locating industrial businesses in specific areas and building infrastructure just once (such as commercial roads, power, water, waste disposal).

  • Ten reasons in favor of zoning

    Alexis Jones of Galax has a background in local government administration in Virginia and North Carolina

  • 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.