Today's Opinions

  • Fancy churches aren't necessary

    To the so-called Christians of the area and around the world…
    I called a local church and spoke to a lady about having a yard sale in the fellowship hall at the church.
    The staff of the church was having a sale Friday. I was told “no.” It was staff members and all and I was an outsider.
    Yeah, I am on the outside looking at that fine church, the fellowship hall Jesus Christ allowed people to build and to come worship him. Not have yard sales, gossip and so on.

  • World is in a sad state

    What a sad, disgusting and violent society we live in today.
    A record number of police officers are killed in the line of duty, and thugs prey upon the elderly and little children.
    It makes one sick because of the senseless abuse and death.
    The mouth of hell gets wider every day. With all the serious problems that this country faces, counties, cities and states cannot afford to lay off police, firefighters or EMS.
    To draw attention away from this overseas, we go to a country called Libya. Its leader has American blood on his hands.

  • Courthouse tragedy play is a challenge

    In his March 28 guest editorial, Gene Dalton was under the impression that the Carroll courthouse centennial will not feature “a play or some type of production on the 100th anniversary…”
    As I told an inquirer in the packed courtroom at the Carroll Historical Society’s March meeting, a dramatic play is being considered, and Frank Levering, a member of the centennial committee, is working on that concept.

  • FACE-IT: a community approach to addiction

    John Bigger of Fayetteville, N.C. is project director of FACE-IT

    If someone told you that 10,000 adults had a treatable disease and that 9,000 were going without treatment, would you be concerned?
    That this disease affects 8.25 percent of the county’s adult population, would you be concerned?
    This community has a silent epidemic eating away its resources — destroying families, damaging businesses, giving rise to criminal acts, hindering children’s success, taking lives prematurely.

  • Shooting thoroughly investigated

    Editor’s note: This letter is a rebuttal to points made in a letter from Kyle and Sherry Billings, which ran in the March 21-22 edition of The Gazette. In the letter, the parents of shooting victim Brandon Billings said that “nothing was done” by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department for five years following the death of the high school student. The case is still unsolved.

  • Garbage ruins 'bit of heaven'

    We just recently moved to this area. We feel we have found a bit of heaven in this beautiful Carroll County.
    However, we’ve been upset by the amount of garbage thrown along the roadsides.
    Last week we called the Virginia Department of Transportation about the trash along our road. They told us we could stop by and get some bags to pick up the litter.
    We planned to go out Saturday after doing some errands.  When we arrived home, all of Orchard Gap Road had orange bags up and down the hill full of trash, 50 or more.

  • What is wrong with America?

    The right to bear arms was given to us, not to protect our homes and families from evildoers of this sick society we live in.
    Why is it a higher offense and almost immediate death sentence when you kill a government official of some kind, even if it’s a cop, who abuses his authority and is breaking his own law and duty and found guilty till whoever moves his innocence, and not because of the tongue of a high-priced attorney because he makes it sound good.

  • Honored to put sign in yard

    To the person concerned about the sign in my yard on Hebron Road.
    I am an employed taxpayer who votes in every election. I am well aware of the county in which I live.
    I personally am so occupied with work, family, friends and church that I have no time to critique the yards on Hebron Road. Maybe other people have too much time on their hands.
    Having known Mark Burnett and family for 30 years, I feel honored to put a sign for him in my yard.