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Today's Opinions

  • Slow drivers keep right, or else

    The next time you’re driving down a highway in Virginia, late for an appointment, and you find traffic knotted behind somebody dawdling in the passing lane, ask yourself how much that inconvenience is worth.

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe thought left-lane squatters should face a fine of $100 if they won’t move into the travel lanes; the initial legislative proposal from Del. Israel O’Quinn (who represents Galax and Grayson County) called for fines of $250.

  • Keep up the fight for training center's future

    Ever since its closing was announced five years ago, everyone from parents and county leaders to advocacy groups and state legislators have been fighting to prevent the closing of the Southwestern Virginia Training Center in 2018.

    This valiant effort continues, even after years of discouraging results and their pleas falling on mostly deaf ears in Richmond.

  • Energy efficiency can help rural families save money

    Families below the poverty line spend 8 percent of their income on electricity, a much larger proportion than higher income families, according to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy.
    And in rural areas, 17.7 percent of families live below the poverty line, as noted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
    Energy efficiency provides an affordable way to decrease power consumption and electric bills. Developing local renewable energy generation also keeps hard-earned dollars in the state and brings new economic development to rural communities.

  • Astronaut candidate appreciates hometown for encouragement

    Editor’s note: Last year, The Gazette profiled Sara Bedsaul Hiza, a Galax native who had applied to NASA’s astronaut program. Hiza works for Lockheed Martin Space Systems as program management director of fleet ballistic missile propulsion, structures, ordnance and controls. Here, she writes to thank those who offered support and encouragement in her endeavor.

  • Budget cut could be harmful to Twin Counties

    As someone who was born and raised in Grayson County, I take a personal interest in the wellbeing of the region.
    Among many topics nationally that concern me in terms of the impact on the Twin Counties, the recent federal budget proposal is one.
    This budget seeks to reduce funding to numerous agencies, including Community Development Block Grants, the Appalachian Regional Commission, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

  • Political apointees are not civil servants

    In response to Kathy Cole’s March 6 letter about civil servants…
    She is correct in saying that President Trump sees the executive branch as his personal employees whom he can replace for any reason. This is to ensure that all political employees are in tune with his agenda.
    So Sally Yates, the acting attorney general, was not a civil servant, but rather a political appointee of President Obama’s and would have been replaced within a week or so.

  • Congressman needs to attend town halls

    Our last Congress was the least productive in American history and its favorability rating was the lowest ever!
    Rep. Morgan Griffith’s job is to represent “we the people,” and in order to do that, he must hear our voices by scheduling town hall meetings throughout his district.
    We have many serious problems which have intensified and they can only be solved by “we the people” getting Involved!

  • Letter writer's opinion not appreciated

    Editor’s note: This letter is in response to a letter from retired pastor John Duvall, which ran in the Feb. 27 edition of The Gazette.

    After reading your rhetoric in The Gazette, I quickly decided I will and most others will take the word of Franklin Graham and Jerry Falwell Jr. over yours any day.
    Why don’t you move to another country and take those other cry babies that said they were moving with you? I will chip in for some gas.
    Maybe the good folks of Comers Rock will just ride you out of town on a rail.