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Letters

  • Zoning protects county

    I attended the Grayson County Supervisors meeting Jan. 9.
    I am a retired land planner and new county resident, but I had heard that the board had voted to eliminate zoning in the county, a move that can increase property taxes plus negatively impact economic growth and public safety.
    Commercial and industrial enterprises typically have greater infrastructure needs (water, waste disposal, electricity, road use), and these needs are more efficiently and cost effectively met in designated industrial and commercial zones.

  • Pool complaints addressed

    I was one of the early members of Carroll Wellness Center and I’ve never had any reason to regret it.  I’m there six days a week.
    When I read the anonymous comments about the pool in the Jan. 8, I was puzzled as to whether the signage in the women’s area was different from that in the men’s, since there are numerous signs regarding rules for use of the pool in the men’s area.

  • Hold ideals above politics

    All Grayson County residents should be very concerned about the recent mis-actions of county supervisors Brewer, Sexton and Rosenbaum, who are making motions out of sheer ignorance.
    Making matters worse, supervisors Sexton and Brewer are backing Rosenbaum’s ill-prepared motions instead of correcting or advising him that as a new, inexperienced member of the board, he should familiarize himself with all of the facts on an issue and find out what his constituents want, before making a legal motion.

  • Entertained by recent events

    Not for anything in the world would I cancel my subscriptions to The Gazette and Declaration. You guys are now my major amusement, as Grayson County becomes the laughing-stock of the state and probably the southeast regional conference.
    Here we have some goofy Grayson County supervisors trying to appoint their relatives to county jobs. Our county administrator actually told the offenders that the law won’t let them do that.

  • Nursing home thanks donors

    Grayson Nursing and Rehabilitation Center thanks all in the community who donated gifts, cards, wreaths, money and a generous amount of their time with our residents during Christmas season.
    It occurred to me while decorating tree after tree in the facility (as well as dealing with lights that do not work, ornaments that break and the occasional tree that falls over), that this is not what it is all about.

  • Don't undo county progress with zoning repeal

    To the Grayson County Supervisors:
    I have lately been a bit concerned with the actions and attitudes of you, our county representatives. There seems to be a divide between you that mirrors some of the same syndromes we see on both a state and national level, politically.
    The two views that seem to be on display are:
    1. That government is too big and needs to be downsized by any means possible. 2. Government is how we, by majority, design and implement courses of action that never please everyone, but serve to do the most good for the most people.  

  • A power play in Grayson?

    Are Grayson County supervisors John Brewer and David Sexton backing the wrong horse in siding with Supervisor Rosenbaum?
    Are they digging themselves a hole that will be impossible to climb out of? Time will tell for sure.
    Seems these three men are causing a lot of hard feelings among citizens of Grayson County. I don’t have a horse in this race, but I do have a feeling Brewer and Sexton are not helping themselves.
    These are two very good men, but I feel are going down the wrong path in this instance. They jumped too quick in the things they voted out!

  • IRS 'scandal' lacks proof, is politically motivated

    A recent news flash stated, “The IRS has been caught targeting conservative groups!”
    If our media had substituted the word “accused” for “caught,” their “news flash” would have been true.
    To make matters worse, CNN reporter Candy Crowley, asked Rep. Darrell Issa, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee, “what is your gut feeling?”

  • Hope House thanks youth for supply drive

    The Galax Hope House expresses appreciation to Dylan Bedwell for sharing such wonderful birthday blessings.
    The much-needed supplies came to us in two truckloads of food items, supplies and many other items.
    They were delivered by Dylan, his family and friends after his birthday party. They helped us to get all the items unloaded and inside.

  • Repeal of zoning would be harmful to Grayson

    The largest investment most people make is buying a home, which is protected under existing zoning laws.
    Without zoning, property values will plummet if a neighbor decides to set up a hog lot, a nightclub with exotic dancers, or junkyard next door.
    Health and safety also suffers when we can’t even prevent convicted sexual predators from moving in next to the school.
    Zoning helps protect private investment by providing those who purchase property with certainty about the future.