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Today's Opinions

  • Letters to the Editor for Week of 6/16/08

    VETERANS' MEMORIAL NEEDS SUPPORT

    After the end of World War II, many individuals recognized the need for a memorial to honor the dead of Dec. 7, 1941.

    As resident of Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 710, I see a great need for a veterans’ memorial in the city of Galax — a memorial to honor all veterans, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

  • No alternatives at Carroll exits

    Sure there are alternative ways to treat wastewater, Carroll County Public Service Authority members learned in a workshop last Wednesday.

    But there’s another consideration — are those processes viable?

    Authority members had called on experts to share information on handling sewage some other way than building a plant, treating the effluent and discharging the clean water back into the stream.

    Four consultants showed up and talked about onsite treatment, or allowing the soil to filter water, compact package plants, drip irrigation and so forth.

  • Letters to the Editor for 5/26/08

    REMEMBERING THOSE WHO DEFENDED FREEDOM

    This Memorial Day has special significance for me.

    My father, Beale Todd of Independence, a World War II veteran, passed away in February at age 84.

    As a child I was always aware my father had been in the Navy during the war but I would be much older before mere awareness would be replaced with true appreciation.

    At age 19 he entered the Navy and served aboard a destroyer escort engaged in anti-submarine warfare in the Atlantic and anti-aircraft warfare in the Mediterranean.

  • Honoring a hometown hero

    This Memorial Day, the Vietnam Veterans of America chapter in downtown Galax will honor a native of the city and a true hero.

    The chapter will dedicate a special memorial to Sgt. Major Charles Morris, who earned the Congressional Medal of Honor — the nation’s highest honor for military bravery — in November 1967 for his effort to save his fellow soldiers pinned down by enemy fire.

  • Letters to the Editor for 5/19/08

    JOB FAIRS ATTRACT GOOD CANDIDATES

    I am responding to the April 18 story “Grayson’s teacher recruiting goes international.”

    First, I have to ask a few question about the information presented. Why was the school board informed of Mr. Newman’s trip to the Philippines after the fact?

    Does Mr. Newman think the problem with recruitment could possibly be the inadequate pay scale for Grayson County teachers?

  • A safe and sensible solution

    People shocked by the fatal December 2007 accident involving a propane explosion in Fries quickly started asking “why?”

    As in: Why didn’t a propane tank in the busy business district of Fries surrounded by some kind of barrier, to protect the tank from a vehicle accidentally rolling down the incline above it?

  • Letters to the Editor for Week of 1/28/08

    BAN WON'T ADDRESS PROBLEM

    In response to The Gazette’s Jan. 21 editorial regarding the aircraft ban ordinance, as I pointed out at numerous town meetings, an aircraft ban would only force the use of chemicals into other dispensing methods.

    The real issue, not being addressed, is the use of chemicals. Available information is not being researched. Faulty information, produced by the chemical companies, is followed as fact.

  • Aircraft ban won't fly

    Independence Town Council should have done more research into the alleged effects of pesticide spraying before considering an ordinance creating a “no-fly zone” over the town, which indirectly prohibits such spraying. The code would ban aircraft from flying under 1,000 feet above the town.

    Legally, it appears that the town has the right to do it, but is that decision based on fact or fear?