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Today's Opinions

  • Write letters to save Kroger

    It was with great sadness that I heard about the Kroger store in Galax closing effective in March. However, I would like to take this opportunity to encourage all those interested in keeping this store open to do a letter writing campaign.
    Social media may be the thing at this time, but also keep in mind that all the Facebook posts may or may not be read. However, if you send a letter stating your concerns, be assured that someone in that office will open that letter.
    The more letters you send may be the avenue to keeping the store in Galax.

  • VDOT kept roads clear

    Thank you, VDOT, for keeping the highways and byways scraped, sanded and safe during our recent perilous weather.
    Your dedication is appreciated.
    Bonnie Campbell and family
    Independence

  • Theater guild thanks Chambers

    I would like to take the opportunity to thank Larry Chambers for all the time and energy he took to write the stories of the beginning of the Galax Theater Guild and to print the beautiful pictures of our actors in our plays.
    That was 40 years ago, and because of his dedication and hard work, we are still here today.
    We love the town newspaper because, without it, people would not have known about the productions. One can have a good product, but with nothing in print or on the air, who would know?

  • Where is anti-zoning faction's evidence?

    Thank you for your comments in your editorial urging some common sense from our three supervisors who want to repeal zoning in Grayson County.
    You are right — only anecdotal evidence from the supervisors regarding all those who oppose zoning.
    Where is the hard evidence of names, emails, letters, phone calls, etc., of those who oppose zoning and why are not the supervisors forthcoming with that information?

  • Truth sought in zoning debate

    My father was an attorney who handled many divorce cases.
    He would say, “There’s his truth, there’s her truth and there’s the truth. It is my job to figure out what is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.”
    I attended the Grayson County Board of Supervisors meeting Jan. 9 to do just that, about the potential repeal of zoning.

  • Zoning protects county

    I attended the Grayson County Supervisors meeting Jan. 9.
    I am a retired land planner and new county resident, but I had heard that the board had voted to eliminate zoning in the county, a move that can increase property taxes plus negatively impact economic growth and public safety.
    Commercial and industrial enterprises typically have greater infrastructure needs (water, waste disposal, electricity, road use), and these needs are more efficiently and cost effectively met in designated industrial and commercial zones.

  • Pool complaints addressed

    I was one of the early members of Carroll Wellness Center and I’ve never had any reason to regret it.  I’m there six days a week.
    When I read the anonymous comments about the pool in the Jan. 8, I was puzzled as to whether the signage in the women’s area was different from that in the men’s, since there are numerous signs regarding rules for use of the pool in the men’s area.

  • Zoning repeal? Not so fast, Grayson

    The Grayson supervisors’ debate about a proposed repeal of the county’s zoning ordinance has revealed an internal conflict on that board that mirrors the divided nature of citizens’ opinions on the issue.
    Though the anti-zoning faction on the board has claimed — with only anecdotal evidence — that their mission follows the will of a majority of citizens, the more vocal group has been the one defending zoning. More of them have been speaking at meetings, writing letters to the newspaper and voting in a Gazette online poll.