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Today's Opinions

  • The Decal Dilemma

    Though the idea is picking up steam and sweeping its way throughout the Commonwealth, Grayson County has scraped the idea of removing county decals from residents' windows.

    The board was fortunate enough to have a neighbor to poke for answers in the City of Galax.

    Galax removed the decals last year and city leaders have since said it was a move they should not have made.

    With the sharp decrease in revenue, Galax advised against other localities doing the same.

  • Letters to the Editor for 5/25/09

    'Junk' not what it seems

    In response to the May 18, “Junkyard ruining Cana,” by definition, entrepreneur means, “a person who organizes and manages any enterprise, esp. a business, usually with considerable initiative and risk.”

    The junkyard in Cana has been in business since 1986. As the sign near the state line indicates, “Entering Virginia’s Entrepreneurial Region,” that is just what owners of the junkyard are, entrepreneurs.

  • What A Relief

    Helping the elderly — especially those on fixed incomes — is something to be commended, even as Grayson County leaders prepare to ask taxpayers to sacrifice more to pay the bills.

    Grayson supervisors are looking to increase the personal property and real estate tax rates, raise the cost of county decals and begin charging a fee for garbage collection, but they are concerned about the elderly.

  • Letters to the Editor for 6/1/09

    Flag a symbol of rebellion

    The Confederate flag is not a symbol of hate. But there are people who will always view it as a sign of hatred and bigotry.

    The flag no longer means the enforcement of slavery. The Confederate flag is still a symbol of Southern pride.

    Ask anyone who has this symbol, and they’ll most likely tell you it has something to do with “Southern pride.”

  • Letters to the Editor for 6/8/09

    Faith dog an example for Christians

    Guest Editorial

    The church is the most influential institution in the world. Psalm 122:1 states, “I was glad when they said unto me; let us go unto the house of the Lord.”

    A sensible person turns to the church in the hour of need.

    You need to come to church and bring someone with you. I was brought up in the church. There was never any doubt when the church door was open where I would be.

  • Letter to the Editor for 5/18/09

    Junk yard ruining Cana

    I was entering Cana on U.S. 52 North and I noticed a sign that read “Entering Virginia’s Entrepreneurial Region.”

    This sign is located right next to the biggest eyesore in Carroll County.

    I have counted a total of five fields full of junked buses, fire trucks, ambulances and garbage trucks. If we are supposed to be the Entrepreneur Region of Virginia, then we must clean our county up and hide this eyesore.

  • Letters to the Editor for 5/4/09

    Park plan raises questions

    There have been plenty of reasons voiced and printed as to why Spirit Harbor should not be given a special use permit (see The Gazette article, “Citizens Appeal Rec Park Decision” in the April 24-26 edition).

    It seems the definition of this development is described in different ways, depending on what side the person who is describing it is on. I find that calling Spirit Harbor a recreation park is kind of misleading.

  • College Comes Closer

    Carroll County's Adult Education Center offers local residents an opportunity to go back to school and improve marketable skills.

    The center at 787 Woodlawn Road offers help with Algebra and geometry, basic computer skills, GED preparation, reading and writing, sciences and more.

    A report card issued by Virginia grading adult education centers says that Carroll's program fell just a few points short of achieving a perfect score. The grading curve was a 50-point scale, Carroll earned 46.29 and the state average is 37.5.