Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Get ready for 2010

    Local representatives are working diligently to ensure jobs will be available to local citizens when the new state prison opens in Grayson.

    This week, Wytheville Community College announced that tutorials for the Career Readiness Certificate would be offered online, and for that we commend the hard work of WCC and the Crossroads Institute.

    One promise made when the prison was being planned was that the majority of the 350 jobs would go to local citizens.

  • Letters to the Editor for 8/11/08

    New school in Grayson a mistake

    Grayson County made a grave mistake when it broke ground for a new school in Grant.

    Mount Rogers has had to fight to keep its school open for 50 years.

    Mount Rogers was sacrificed because Bridle Creek needed a new school. They could have built a school for Bridle Creek and left Mount Rogers alone.

  • Help yourself to water

    In an age where people are looking for alternative ways of doing things, the self-help program seems like an inexpensive and practical way to get smaller water projects done in Carroll County.

    The cost of everything is shooting through the roof, not the least of which is construction-related efforts.

    The rise in gas prices makes it more expensive to run equipment and ship materials on any construction work, but Carroll County Public Service Authority and community members have apparently found a way around that by using the self-help program for Happy Hollow Road.

  • Letters to the Editor for 7/28/08


    I would like to say a word on behalf of the ladies tending the regional animal shelter.

    They have difficult, dirty, thankless jobs, but I have always found them to be friendly and helpful.

    Part of their job is protecting animals in their care. If a person is lurking outside the fence throwing “treats” to the inside, what way do the shelter attendants have of knowing whether the treats are good or something harmful?

  • Shelter Solutions

    Few topics inspire as much passion as animals and their treatment, and those strong feelings were brought to the surface recently in Galax, when a citizen pleaded the city to extend the amount of time dogs and cats are kept at the regional animal shelter before they are euthanized.

    City officials promised to look into the matter, with assurances that they do indeed care about our four-legged friends and their fates.

    But, there’s a painful reality check coming.

  • Letters to the Editor for 7/21/08


    This is in response to the announcement that has created so much excitement in the newspapers that there is going to be another truck stop and possibly a hotel and dirt racetrack at Exit 1 [of Interstate 77].

    While this is a start, long range planning should be looking at the needs of industry that provide secure, high-paying jobs.

  • Fries a fine example of patriotism

    As I sit here on Main Street in Fries, I can’t help but feel patriotic pride. This is truly small town USA, the kind of a town we read about in National Geographic that observes Independence Day with old-fashioned patriotic spirit.

    I am sitting in the parking lot of Fries Baptist Church, across the street from the Fries Middle School, the home of the Wildcats. There is a PA system playing patriotic songs. I can observe people that already line the street a half-hour prior to the parade.