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Today's Opinions

  • Obtaining disability is difficult

    I was born with hydrocephalus (water on the brain) and have lived with a shunt my entire life. I have developed generalized anxiety disorder, a trace of Crohn’s Disease and depression.
    I am unable to work with such obstacles. I applied for disability benefits twice. I was turned down twice and am appealing the second rejection.

  • Assumptions differ from facts

    Carroll County Public Service Authority board member David Hutchins was recently quoted in a news report:
    “When we look at our systems, we look at Fancy Gap water, and while it is funded that way, Rural Development looks at it as Carroll County has a water system.

  • Arguments in favor of zoning

    These “zoning talking points” were submitted to The Gazette by Concerned Citizens for Grayson County and signed by the Rev. Laura M. George, J.D., and members of the group. The Grayson Board of Supervisors is considering a repeal of the county’s zoning ordinance.

    Zoning and Taxes
    Zoning reduces taxes by locating industrial businesses in specific areas and building infrastructure just once (such as commercial roads, power, water, waste disposal).

  • Board didn't follow rules with zoning vote

    The 2013-14 procedures, approved by the Grayson Board of Supervisors, require a minimum of one week’s notice and public meetings before a motion can be entertained by the board. Since approved board procedures were not followed in allowing Mr. Rosenbaum to make a last minute motion concerning zoning at his first meeting as a supervisor in December 2013, the motion to repeal zoning should have been denied at the December meeting.
    This gross mistake in procedure needs to be addressed immediately!

  • Zoning benefits the wealthy

    The Grayson County supervisors meeting Jan. 9 was a very good get-together of the millionaires versus the poor people.
    The three supervisors that were in control before have gone to the happy hunting ground.
    The person that referred to them as the three stooges probably needs to look longer in the mirror.
    The first several people that spoke had made their fortune somewhere else, then moved here to get out of the rat race, traffic, crime. Now want to live here in peace and harmony and don’t want us to have anything.

  • Woodlawn School could be a danger

    At the Woodlawn High School meeting Jan. 23, my wife spoke regarding closing the school.
    After hearing other comments, we are in agreement that the special ed children are in need of having a place to play basketball, etc.
    However, as stated by my wife, when we attended a meeting with former School Superintendent [Greg] Smith and others at the school, it was stressed that the school was in dire need of repairs.
    Apparently, that information has changed considerably. It now appears that we were sadly misinformed.

  • Ten reasons in favor of zoning

    Alexis Jones of Galax has a background in local government administration in Virginia and North Carolina

  • Zoning repeal needs to stop

    The answer to the question of whether to keep zoning is simple. Factions on both sides would like us to think it’s not.
    Zoning is not about the county being able to tell you what to do, it is about your ability to tell the county what you want. If you give up zoning, whatever you like or dislike about what’s moving in next door, you will no longer have a say or even the forum to give your opinion.
    Don’t listen to polarizing factions on both sides telling you what to think. The grandstanding and drama are about personal agendas and not truth.