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Today's Opinions

  • Happy shopping

    If you're one of those people who feels better after indulging in some retail therapy, then you should know that you're shopping practices can help others, too.

    By visiting SWVTC Cottage Crafts at the Southwest Virginia Farmers' Market in Hillsville, you will support vocational pursuits at the training center.

    The booth set up in the retail building at the farmers' market is the logical extension of the Southwest Virginia Training Center's handicrafts and gifts made by those who live there.

  • Letters to the Editor for 9/29/08

    Brit says old-time band jams

    Your readers may be interested to read that we Brits are being treated to some excellent old-time mountain music courtesy of one of your local bands.

    The Whitetop Mountain band from Southwest Virginia have been touring the United Kingdom for a couple of weeks now.

    My son and I had the pleasure of opening the show for them last week at the George Hotel in South Molton Devon. This venue was full to capacity to welcome the band to this town.

  • Time to upgrade yourself

    There's a lot of talk about how to make our area more attractive and marketable for new employers. Local leaders talk about upgrading utilities, Internet service, infrastructure and power to accommodate a new industry.

    But our greatest resource is our workforce, and it's in need of an upgrade, too, after years of being trained to work in the textile and furniture industries.

  • 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.