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Today's Opinions

  • Our Heritage On Display

    This weekend is a very big event for Galax and the Twin Counties. Chestnut Creek School of the Arts is holding its grand opening, with a colorful black tie gala on Friday night and then a Parade of the Arts on Saturday, with something for everyone.

    I do hope that you will be coming to celebrate!

  • Letters to the Editor for 4/12/10

    Breast-fed babies see benefits

    The Hotline call headlined “cover up” was in the April 1 issue and at first I wondered if someone was pulling an April Fools trick.

    The caller was upset that a mother was breastfeeding her baby in a park.

    Actually, breastfeeding in public benefits everyone.

    The World Health Organization states that breastfeeding helps protect children from ear, respiratory and gastrointestinal infections and allergies.

  • Help For The Homeless

    The world has a big problem with homeless people, yet no one seems to help them.

    We are all equal but they have no choice but to survive outdoors. We look at them like they are scum, and think if they wanted to they could have made something of themselves.

    In all cases that's not true. Many homeless people are veterans, who served our country to help us. What do we do for them? Really, we do nothing at all.

    The government needs to pay respect to our veterans. They fought for our country, and went through a whole lot more than anyone should.

  • No Lack Of Planning

    This is in response to The Gazette’s editorial, which implied that the Grayson County Public School system lacks sound fiscal planning.

    A comparison was made between Carroll County Public Schools and Grayson County Public Schools, but these two systems have completely different funding issues.

    The Carroll school system is fortunate to have excellent support from its board of supervisors. The Carroll supervisors provide approximately $2 million to the school system above minimum funding required by the state.

  • Grayson is committed to education

    The Grayson County Board of Supervisors feels it is important to communicate and inform citizens on important issues, and from time to time to provide relevant facts that impact or have potential to impact taxpayers of Grayson County.

    The board does not wish to perpetuate any back-and-forth regarding school funding, nor interject any opinion about fellow elected officials.

    We all serve an important role and the board has been, and will continue to be, a committed partner to education.

  • Letters to the Editor for 3/22/10

    Immigrants threaten democracy

    There is no need for anyone to see the Mexican border to be concerned about illegal immigration.

    It is enough to see that the Mexican consulate feels the need to set up office from time to time in Southwest Virginia, that there is any crime committed by illegals who simply return after deportation, and that our police have to concern themselves with Mexican gangs recruiting in our schools.

  • Letters to the Editor for 3/29/10

    U.S. 58 a road to nowhere

    Alaska has its "bridge to nowhere."

    Now Virginia has its "highway to nowhere."

    The $90 million budgetee'busting Hillsville bypass, from the widening of U.S. 58 to four lanes, continues merrily along while poor Richmond has a multiee'billion dollar shortfall.

    If you all think national healthcare reform, which is about to change America for the better, is an unwelcome monstrosity, then the Hillsville bypass makes the overhaul of healthcare look like a Girl Scout picnic.

  • Letters to the Editor for 4/5/10

    President's credibility questioned

    A question about Obama's credibility.

    He ran on a campaign of negotiating with world heads and not being a bully like Bush was accused of being. He ran as a “unifier” rather than a “divider” like Bush was accused of being.