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Today's Opinions

  • Time for new representative in Pipers Gap District

    conservative, for the Carroll County Board of Supervisors on Nov. 7.

    He supports policies that are different from major parties. He believes in Christian stewardship, our seniors, fixed-income folks and our children, who deserve representation.

    Our tax dollars need to be in line with our actual needs. Washington, D.C., is 330 miles from Pipers Gap District and Richmond is 276 miles.

  • Candidate using divisive tactics against opponent

    The nation just endured the most divisive election since 1968.  There was a coarsening of political discourse.
    It is disturbing that this type of conduct has invaded our local election for county supervisor. Tom Revels, Republican candidate for the Wilson District, has characterized opponent Gesche Morley as a city person who does not hold rural folk in much regard, and he attributes this to her family ties to Charlotte Hanes.

  • Littrell has worked to improve district, county

    It seems like voting day, Nov. 7, is just around the corner.
    I must rush to get my cents’ worth in on a candidate that has represented me and my friends in the Pipers Gap area of Carroll County for a great number of years.
    He reared his three girls in Carroll County where they attended grade school, intermediate and high school.
    He has a keen mind for attending to the affairs of our beautiful area here in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

  • Tax dollars, grants not spent on county’s top priorities

    I am the main target for a recent letter to the editor concerning grants at Twin County Airport.
    Federal income tax payments go into the general revenue fund. Feds then use some of your taxes and provide money for state grants. You don’t pay back grants because it’s your tax money.
    More than $7 million. Two airport board members have bragged over these grants and there were more grants prior to these.

  • City, school board need to spend more wisely

    The responsibility of being on city council and/or the school board is using the money available to make the biggest impact.
    You must ask yourself, “How can we use the limited resources we have to impact the most people in the most positive way?”
    There isn’t one person who doesn’t think our new football/soccer field is beautiful.
    The field is just the vehicle community members are using to express dissatisfaction with the lack of transparency in our locality. Just as the land purchase was used before.

  • Ruritan Club endorses Littrell for supervisor

    On behalf of the Oakland Ruritan Club, we strongly support Dr. Tom Littrell as a candidate for Carroll County Supervisor.
    Dr. Littrell has been a faithful and dedicated member of the Oakland Ruritans for over 30 years and has served as president. He has shown in many ways that he has the ability, desire and leadership skills to be a supervisor for Carroll County’s Pipers Gap District.
    He is continually helping with all Ruritan activities, which involve helping the Pipers Gap community.
    We consider him a mentor, longtime friend and an honest individual.

  • Fire department thanks community for support

    The Elk Creek Volunteer Fire Department and Ladies Auxiliary would like to thank everyone who supported us by attending the 50th Anniversary of the Grayson County Fiddlers’ Convention.

    We would also like to extend a personal thank you to Wilton Dolinger, a founding member of the convention, and Del. Israel O’Quinn for their kind words.

    The fire department and ladies auxiliary have been busy this year.

  • Thoughts and prayers appreciated during recovery

    On March 21 while traveling with my family I fell and broke my neck, injuring my spinal cord at the cervical level.
    Initially I was paralyzed from the neck down.
    Two days later I had four cervical vertebrae fused and after that spent 10 weeks at a spinal cord injury rehab facility in Georgia. I have been continuing my rehab at home in Missouri since then.
    The road has been long and challenging, but I have been able to walk again and regain use of my arms and hands and return to work part-time although pain and numbness persist