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Today's Opinions

  • Zoning fixes won't please everyone

    You’re never going to be able to amend the Grayson County zoning ordinance to everyone’s liking. The people that want zoning don’t want to compromise.
    I can do the jobs of [County Administrator Jonathan] Sweet and [Zoning Administrator Elaine] Holeton 10 times better than them.
    There would be few issues with zoning if the county had administrators that viewed constituents as customers. Stop using zoning to tell people “no,” and start using it to build and help “customers” do small things on their property.

  • Grayson's 'Spendthrift Trio'

    Supervisor Rosenbaum pledged to save Grayson County money and has done exactly the opposite, with supervisors Brewer and Sexton going right along, becoming The Spendthrift Trio.
    First, The Trio voted to repeal zoning. The accumulating costs of this act, still unknown today, caused the trio to table the motion the next month.
    Then, rather than studying the issue and making recommendations, they directed staff and the Planning Commission to make changes that would make zoning more “user-friendly.” That is real leadership.

  • Keep fighting the good fight

    Despite not getting the results they were hoping for, the hundreds of supporters of keeping the Kroger store in Galax have shown a tremendous amount of organization and effort in the past several weeks.
    When it was first announced that the store would close March 21, these folks didn’t take the news lightly. Instead, everyone got together and did whatever they could think of to convince the corporation to change its mind.

  • Coyote bounty not supported by facts

    Grayson County supervisors Brewer, Rosenbaum and Sexton are not following Abraham Lincoln’s advice of “government of the people, by the people, and for the people.”
    Mr. Rosenbaum said they have to appoint family members to tax-supported government positions because they don’t know enough people to fill those positions.

  • Galax showed sportsmanship

    I would like to congratulate Galax students and fans on a year of demonstrated sportsmanship, as highlighted by the basketball sportsmanship announced at the basketball finals.
    Several Altavista fans told me of the kind comments that came from the Galax fans after the Altavista/Galax football game last fall.
    It appears that the fans appreciated a good game by two good teams, even though their team did not win.
    Winning the team basketball sportsmanship also tells me that sportsmanship is prevalent in the schools and in the community.

  • Carroll water park opposed

    Hillsville already has a water park at the Lake Ridge RV Resorts, open to the public.
    I oppose building a new park that will realize a loss for the first few years, with an estimated cost of over $3.5 million.
    Galax Parks and Recreation has plans for a year-round aquatic complex for $3 million, a much better deal. Independence also wants a water park, but that is presently on hold.
    I do not want my taxes increased to cover any loss.

  • Not all land is created equal

    Carroll supervisors have a plan to help property owners turn their hard-to-reach or inaccessible land into cash.
    These ideas, called “Class C subdivisions” and “flag lots” that have entry through driveways known as “flag poles” are proposed modifications to the county’s subdivision ordinance.
    Class C subdivisions as proposed would be limited to five lots off a narrow, dead-end road.

  • A sad situation, both home and abroad

    Politics, the Constitution of the United States, veterans of war, border patrol agents, cutbacks by hooligans and drug dealers and a government awash in scandal one after another.
    Lies, deceit and setbacks, arms folded, smiles about everything.
    What a very sad, disgusting and pathetic situation we have in this country and abroad.
    Russia (the Big Bear) on the hunt for more territory. China wants war over some Japan islands. Mideast on the verge of war with Israel, and our fearless leaders just want to talk and appease.