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Today's Opinions

  • Policing The Budget

    In economic times like these, it's understandable to be tight with your money. A fiscally responsible government should be tight, too.

    But, that should only apply when a locality is tightening its own purse strings.

    Recently, Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan approached the board of supervisors asking for money to be transferred from the Special Law Enforcement Fund to a few line items in his budget.

  • Long Time Coming

    Chestnut Creek School of the Arts may have had a slow start after a two-year delay, but now that the paperwork and ideas have come together, the art school will take off fast.

    The City of Galax has been pushing the process along as quickly as possible. This year, the city chose its director and associate director. CCSA finally came into the public eye, as various art classes have been hosted during festivals and throughout the year.  And most recently, the city has finally chosen South End Construction to begin the renovation by the end of this year.

  • Letters to the Editor for 11/24/08

    Writer criticizes Boucher

    It is time to congratulate Rep. Rick Boucher for yet another re-election.

    Although he ran unopposed, Mr. Boucher raised $1.6 million and reportedly spent $1 million on his “campaign.” Lobbyists contributed $60,000 to him and political action committees contributed over $1.1 million. He retains $1.3 million in his reelection war chest.

  • Letters to the Editor for 11/17/08

    Sutherland thanks supporters

    I would like to thank the voters of the Elk Creek District for your vote of confidence.

    I would also like to thank the many others who supported me in various ways.

    I am excited about being given the opportunity to give back to my community and Grayson County as a whole.

    My pledge to you is that I will work to the best of my ability for each of you as a member of the Grayson County Board of Supervisors team.

    Brenda R. Sutherland,

    Supervisor-elect

    Elk Creek District

  • A generous gesture

    After a long search for a site to create a visitors' center for Galax, the city has been given the perfect building in a surprise move by a philanthropic downtown property owner.

    Johnny Parsons has provided the ideal spot for a visitors' center in his donation of his former law office at the corner of East Grayson Street and Rex Lane.

  • Letters to the Editor for 11/10/08

    Avoiding crash was a miracle

    A short while back, I bought a new motorcycle. I’ve enjoyed riding to no end and take advantage of every opportunity.

    Last Sunday afternoon was the perfect evening to ride and enjoy the beautiful trees and just relax.

    After riding to Mount Airy, I decided to head home. I maintained a speed of 55 mph down Pipers Gap Road.

    When I passed Oakland School and approached Elkhorn Road on the right, I noticed a truck at the stop sign.

  • Letters to the Editor for 11/3/08

    Learn from mistakes of the past

    I came across a bit of wisdom yesterday: “The past is in front of you.”

    Meaning, the mistakes of yesterday are how we have created today and right now, that doesn’t look too good.

    We are entering into a verge between two ways of thinking.

    Traditional thinkers, who imitated the ancestors without realizing that this leads to stagnation and decay. Then, the modern thinkers who rush into things with no forethought about the long-term consequences of their choices.

  • Covering Costs

    While many residents of the Twin Counties are living paycheck to paycheck, it appears local governments are, as well.

    Grayson County was forced to borrow $1.6 million to cover the bills for the month of October, but not because of a budgetary problem.

    County officials are adamant that the problem lies in the shortfall in cash flow, something that is common during the months leading up to the tax deadline of Dec. 5.