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Today's Opinions

  • Letters to the Editor for 9/22/08

    Don't just complain, get active

    I read the Readers’ Hotline to determine if misinformation exists that I may have to correct in my job.

    Mostly, I hear negative comments from readers about the Hotline — a likely result of the generally negative content. Yet, it creates an engaging drama that attracts readers who support its existence.

    Unfortunately, the Hotline hinders economic development and state support when business executives or Richmond policymakers read about our problems and bickering, leading to a poor community image.

  • Dixie Youth tournaments a success

    It is with great pride that I write this letter on behalf of the Grayson County Recreation Park’s policy board.

    Nearly 18 months ago, our board successfully bid to the Virginia State Dixie Youth Association for the honor of hosting not one, but two state tournaments simultaneously in Grayson County.

    These tournaments had never been hosted in Grayson or Southwest Virginia, and winning the bid was an honor within itself.

  • Shine Some Light

    At the Carroll County supervisors’ meeting Sept. 8, The Gazette’s reporter asked for more accountability in county meetings involving closed sessions.

    Carroll officials have heard concerns about this topic before.

    Citizen Mike Goldwasser has made appearances as recently as this month before the Carroll supervisors and the Industrial Development Authority to share public misgivings about use of closed sessions and the lack of public hearings in regard to disposition of county land.

  • Letters to the Editor for 9/15/08

    Opry project destined to fail

    A Gazette editorial made some important points in promoting the potential for tourism in our area, but in spite of Mr. Garrett’s praise and despite the fact that it is an exciting idea, there is no evidence to suggest that a Carroll Opry would succeed.

    Learn from others’ mistakes: within the past year there have been at least two opry failures not far from Carroll.

  • Hearing was civil, respectful

    There was no running roughshod over speakers at Carroll County’s public hearing on proposed changes to the subdivision ordinance.

    Order prevailed in the Carroll County Board of Supervisors’ meeting room Thursday, which has not always been the case there when strongly held opinions were being expressed.

    It’s been common in the past for public hearings to veer off into the weird and the pointless, and speakers disagreeing with proposals by unhelpful name calling.

  • Letters to the Editor for 8/25/08

    What is true purpose of government?

    With Presidential elections approaching, a review of the purpose of government seems like a good way to focus our attention.

    An equitable government has but three responsibilities and no more: the protection of its people from enemy attack, assuring that its people encounter opportunities to succeed, and establishing values.

    The Preamble of our U.S. Constitution sets forth in a nutshell our founding fathers’ idea of the purpose of our governmental setup.

  • Don't Judge Neighborhood

    Not all of us are fortunate enough to live in neighborhoods free of crime and drugs. Some of us are from places where drugs are sold on playgrounds or church parking lots.

    Many of those who grew up in places like that choose to stay, instead of fleeing to a safer suburb. Many are law-abiding citizens who feel a sense of responsibility to set good examples for youth and try to clean up their neighborhoods from the inside.

  • Letters to the Editor for 8/18/08

    Community comes to clinic's aid

    The Free Clinic of the Twin Counties, serving Carroll, Grayson, and City of Galax, wishes to thank The Gazette for publishing a timely article when the Free Clinic was in dire need of funding.

    At that time, a proposal was before the board to out of necessity consider closing down the clinic.

    The response to your article was immediate. A groundswell of grassroots support began to take place.

    Individuals were calling and stopping by to make contributions the very next day, and for days and weeks to follow.