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Today's Opinions

  • It's time to explore health coverage options

    By Jon D. Applebaum, CEO of Twin County Regional Healthcare

  • County could be carved up

    Name calling won’t get us anywhere near solving the zoning hassle in Grayson. All it does is make people mad and logic goes out the window.
    Meanwhile, three of our supervisors are part of an orchestrated effort to throw Grayson County open to “developers” intent on cutting this lovely land into pieces for their own purposes, regardless of environmental impact.
    They trade on local resentment caused by operators who raped the land and robbed the people and moved local jobs overseas.

  • Fire wasn't start of 'zoning war'

    My daughter recorded a radio broadcast that aired before the January meeting of the Grayson County Board of Supervisors meeting and signed off as “paid for by Concerned Citizens of Grayson County.”
    The pro-zoning side now uses this name to watch and investigate the supervisors. The true concerned citizens are the ones that are worried about not having freedom to do things on their land.

  • Zoning foes a silent majority

    I get so sick of reading things in the paper from the people that want to keep zoning.  It’s clear that the same people keep writing. Writing the same old stuff.
    I do not want zoning and I know a lot of people that want it gone, too.
    Just because we aren’t public speakers or take the time to write and write and write doesn’t mean we aren’t out here.
    We’re the ones that elected these supervisors in. Clearly they won, so clearly there are a lot of us get‑rid‑of‑zoning people out here.
    Larry Waldridge

  • Zoning law needs a scalpel, not an ax

    Last week, Grayson County supervisors put a temporary stop to the controversial zoning repeal that has split the county into two sides over the past month.
    The supervisors, the newspaper and social media have heard arguments from all sides during this divisive debate.
    Some believe that zoning restricts their personal freedom to do what they want with their property. Others like zoning for that exact reason, because they don’t want to wind up with a brewery or a Hooters erected next to their church or family farm.

  • Obtaining disability is difficult

    I was born with hydrocephalus (water on the brain) and have lived with a shunt my entire life. I have developed generalized anxiety disorder, a trace of Crohn’s Disease and depression.
    I am unable to work with such obstacles. I applied for disability benefits twice. I was turned down twice and am appealing the second rejection.

  • Assumptions differ from facts

    Carroll County Public Service Authority board member David Hutchins was recently quoted in a news report:
    “When we look at our systems, we look at Fancy Gap water, and while it is funded that way, Rural Development looks at it as Carroll County has a water system.

  • Arguments in favor of zoning

    These “zoning talking points” were submitted to The Gazette by Concerned Citizens for Grayson County and signed by the Rev. Laura M. George, J.D., and members of the group. The Grayson Board of Supervisors is considering a repeal of the county’s zoning ordinance.

    Zoning and Taxes
    Zoning reduces taxes by locating industrial businesses in specific areas and building infrastructure just once (such as commercial roads, power, water, waste disposal).