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Letters

  • Coyote bounty not supported by facts

    Grayson County supervisors Brewer, Rosenbaum and Sexton are not following Abraham Lincoln’s advice of “government of the people, by the people, and for the people.”
    Mr. Rosenbaum said they have to appoint family members to tax-supported government positions because they don’t know enough people to fill those positions.

  • Galax showed sportsmanship

    I would like to congratulate Galax students and fans on a year of demonstrated sportsmanship, as highlighted by the basketball sportsmanship announced at the basketball finals.
    Several Altavista fans told me of the kind comments that came from the Galax fans after the Altavista/Galax football game last fall.
    It appears that the fans appreciated a good game by two good teams, even though their team did not win.
    Winning the team basketball sportsmanship also tells me that sportsmanship is prevalent in the schools and in the community.

  • Carroll water park opposed

    Hillsville already has a water park at the Lake Ridge RV Resorts, open to the public.
    I oppose building a new park that will realize a loss for the first few years, with an estimated cost of over $3.5 million.
    Galax Parks and Recreation has plans for a year-round aquatic complex for $3 million, a much better deal. Independence also wants a water park, but that is presently on hold.
    I do not want my taxes increased to cover any loss.

  • A sad situation, both home and abroad

    Politics, the Constitution of the United States, veterans of war, border patrol agents, cutbacks by hooligans and drug dealers and a government awash in scandal one after another.
    Lies, deceit and setbacks, arms folded, smiles about everything.
    What a very sad, disgusting and pathetic situation we have in this country and abroad.
    Russia (the Big Bear) on the hunt for more territory. China wants war over some Japan islands. Mideast on the verge of war with Israel, and our fearless leaders just want to talk and appease.

  • Nepotism must be avoided to protect board's integrity

    At the Grayson County Board of Supervisors meeting Feb. 18, the three members opposing zoning (Brewer, Sexton, and Rosenbaum) voted to defeat an anti-nepotism policy.
    John Brewer said that his brother, sister, or uncle should be able to serve on a county board. Mr. Brewer’s opinion and the vote against the anti-nepotism measure raise serious questions regarding the judgment of the three supervisors who voted to defeat the policy

  • County could be carved up

    Name calling won’t get us anywhere near solving the zoning hassle in Grayson. All it does is make people mad and logic goes out the window.
    Meanwhile, three of our supervisors are part of an orchestrated effort to throw Grayson County open to “developers” intent on cutting this lovely land into pieces for their own purposes, regardless of environmental impact.
    They trade on local resentment caused by operators who raped the land and robbed the people and moved local jobs overseas.

  • Fire wasn't start of 'zoning war'

    My daughter recorded a radio broadcast that aired before the January meeting of the Grayson County Board of Supervisors meeting and signed off as “paid for by Concerned Citizens of Grayson County.”
    The pro-zoning side now uses this name to watch and investigate the supervisors. The true concerned citizens are the ones that are worried about not having freedom to do things on their land.

  • Zoning foes a silent majority

    I get so sick of reading things in the paper from the people that want to keep zoning.  It’s clear that the same people keep writing. Writing the same old stuff.
    I do not want zoning and I know a lot of people that want it gone, too.
    Just because we aren’t public speakers or take the time to write and write and write doesn’t mean we aren’t out here.
    We’re the ones that elected these supervisors in. Clearly they won, so clearly there are a lot of us get‑rid‑of‑zoning people out here.
    Larry Waldridge

  • Obtaining disability is difficult

    I was born with hydrocephalus (water on the brain) and have lived with a shunt my entire life. I have developed generalized anxiety disorder, a trace of Crohn’s Disease and depression.
    I am unable to work with such obstacles. I applied for disability benefits twice. I was turned down twice and am appealing the second rejection.

  • Assumptions differ from facts

    Carroll County Public Service Authority board member David Hutchins was recently quoted in a news report:
    “When we look at our systems, we look at Fancy Gap water, and while it is funded that way, Rural Development looks at it as Carroll County has a water system.