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Today's Opinions

  • Fries Theater thanks donors for support

    We thank all who came out to enjoy Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Some Enchanted Evening” at the Fries Theatre in support of our restoration effort.
    Many thanks also to the cast and crew of the Galax Theatre Guild and The Arts Council of the Twin Counties for putting on a wonderful show!
    Restoration of the old theatre is ongoing, and we hope to host many events as we work to bring back its vibrancy.
    Don’t forget to come out each Thursday evening for The Crooked Road Jam Session to pick, dance and enjoy our snack bar.

  • Reader appreciated story about Joe Wilson

    The Gazette has done it again. I never knew Joe Wilson, but your June 29 coverage of his memorial concert brought him to life.
    Probably the people closest to him will cut out the news clipping and put it in the family Bible, that’s how good it is.
    That story could’ve been a big pile of gooey sentiment, but it wasn’t.
    Once in a while you print stories that give a nod to the values we cherish here. You let people know what is really important, and I thank you for that.
    Kyle Noble
    Independence

  • School, county leaders move past recent strife

    The past several months have been anything but easy for Grayson County Schools, but in recent weeks we have finally started to see some relief in terms of budget solutions.

  • Parents choose to home school for many reasons

    I read with interest the comments by the Hotline caller about homeschooling and would like to invite interested families to find out why so many families choose to educate their children at home.
    The homeschooling community is not out to do away with the public school system. My heart goes out to public school teachers, they are definitely not paid what they are worth!
    There are many reasons why parents educate their children at home:
    • individualize the curriculum and learning environment for each child.

  • A tribute to my sister, Robin Hackler

    Several months ago, our family began to see a decline in our beloved Robin’s health. There were numerous doctor visits, tests, and inconclusive results.
    Our worst fears were confirmed when a routine heart catheterization revealed that she would needed heart surgery to correct three major blockages.
    Robin was not allowed to leave the hospital due to her condition, and surgery was scheduled for March 10. That is the day my world stopped, and I quickly realized how quickly life can forever change.

  • Keep Southwest Virginia Training Center open

    I have a subject that is very close to my heart and I’m sure not many Virginians are aware of it.
    There are seven training centers for the mentally retarded in the commonwealth, or were. In Southwest Virginia the training center is still open. However, the residents are being moved out to private industries or private homes as they are called.
    The facility is in Hillsville and it is beautiful, well-staffed and well-managed and includes a medical department, which is well- staffed.

  • Teacher cuts hurting students

    Dear Grayson County School Board, I am 16 and my best friend is a teacher.

    I met her when I was in seventh grade at Piney Creek Elementary School in Alleghany County, N.C. We are two extremely different people, but there is something in her that turns on lights when my dark is too deep to see any further ahead.

    I was scorekeeper for her as she coached the girls basketball team. While on the team activity bus, other girls sat with their friends, but I sat in the front seat, next to her.

  • Thankful for those who speak out

    Regarding the June 1 Hotline comment that somebody was “appalled” that Concerned Citizens for Grayson County Schools had the gall to speak up on behalf of our children…
    Any outfit that fires teachers and rewards support staff with pay increases needs to be soundly castigated.
    What will people think if they hear about this mess? Maybe they will appreciate the light of honesty and the willingness to work to make our schools a better place for children to learn.