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Today's Opinions

  • Fries needs clear plan for future

    Recently, Fries Town Council was encouraged to revisit a master plan that it had previously developed for the town’s revitalization… and we couldn’t agree more.
    In recent years, small towns have seen their share of economic downfall, and Fries is no exception. A place of history and an ideal spot for outdoor recreation, the area has a lot of promise. But over the years, the area’s redevelopment seems to have, quite frankly, ground to a halt.

  • EPA should regulate meat industry emissions

    I am delighted that the Environmental Protection Agency has finally moved to abate the disastrous impacts of climate change by regulating carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.
    But, given the adverse reaction from the coal industry, the agency should have issued parallel regulations on emissions from meat industry operations.
    Each state could than determine its own optimal strategy for curbing greenhouse gases.

  • Community thanked for food drive donations

    On behalf on the Carroll County Ministerial Association’s Community Food Bank, I thank everyone who contributed to the recent food drive at our local post offices.
    I also thank individuals and churches in Carroll County who support our food bank through donations.
    Your generosity is helping those in our community who are “food insecure,” those who must make a choice between buying food or getting needed prescriptions re-filled, and those who are down and out and just need to know someone cares.
    Thank you and God bless you.

  • Encourage Carson to run for president

    I ask everyone who reads this letter to let Dr. Ben Carson know that you want him to run for president.
    Americans are clamoring for him to run, from every state in the U.S.
    Without a doubt he will be the only Republican candidate who can beat Hillary Clinton.

  • Trash removal service is unfair in Fries

    I would like to address the inequities of the trash removal service in the Fries part of Grayson County.
    I reside in an area for which the weekly pickup date is Monday. Because a majority of holidays are celebrated on Mondays, no pickup service is provided on those days nor is an alternate day scheduled.
    We are forced to accumulate trash for two weeks which not only is a hardship but which also attracts rodents and larger wildlife to our trash.
    I tried using a bigger trash container but the trash collectors placed a label on it saying that it was too large.

  • Church thanks those who gave to fundraiser

    I would like to thank Horton’s Super Market  and Dixie’s Baked Goods for donating to our recent church fundraiser at Shiloh United Methodist Church.
    With all the different benefits and fundraisers going on all the time, I know it is hard for small businesses to  donate to each and every one.
    I just want to say “thank you” to all of those that do support these type activities. It does not go unnoticed.
    John Hash
    Austinville

  • Lost, sick dog needs owner's care

    On May 21, my husband and I found a small dog in the road on Old Bridle Creek Drive. She was very old, but her head was up and looking around. I guess she was just resting.
    She is a sweet beagle with cataracts, a sore on her foot and no hearing. We took her over to Twin Oaks Veterinary Hospital. They still have her.
    Would the owners please step up and take care of their aging pet? They think she should be euthanized, as she has other medical problems as well, but she doesn’t complain.

  • Conflicting opinions about who should vote on school

    Deciding whether to rezone a piece of residential property for a new school in Galax was difficult already, and it is being further complicated by a question about perceived conflicts of interest.
    Four of the seven members of the Galax Planning Commission have ties to the city’s school system: one is a school board member, one is an administrator, one is a teacher and one is married to a teacher. The commission is considering the school board’s request to rezone land for a new elementary/middle school.