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Today's Opinions

  • An alternative to coyote bounty

    Recently it has been suggested that a bounty be placed on coyotes around here. I’ve heard it suggested that, as well as protecting deer (an endangered species, for sure), it would amuse the children of tourists and expose them to the proud tradition of the Huntsman.
    I humbly offer a solution. Instead of squandering 90¢ a shot on .243 Winchester ammo (the preferred load for blowing away coyotes), the bounty should be applied instead to starlings (the greater nuisance, I’m sure all would agree). The savings on ammunition is considerable.

  • Seven reasons to support Grayson's coyote bounty

    Anne and Clark Donley blow a lot of smoke in their letter about a coyote bounty.
    First: It will not break the county.
    Two: When I bought land and built near Elk Creek, quail and whippoorwill could be heard in the spring and summer and large flocks (30-40) of wild turkeys could often be seen. Then the coyotes arrived. Haven’t seen or heard quail or whippoorwill in 30 years, and I’m lucky to spot more than three turkeys in a flock these days.

  • Homework needed on new Galax school

    For the past few weeks, members of Galax City Council have considered a major decision: should they grant a conditional use permit to the Galax school system to build a new elementary school?

  • Never felt more welcome

    “Thank you” and “you’re welcome.”
    Two common phrases, usually spoken face to face after one is grateful for the way another has behaved towards the first.
    I recently moved from the Tidewater area, where I spent the past three decades, to Grayson County right outside of Galax. I’m retiring here. One of the best things about retiring is, this is my last move. If I never finish unpacking, it would just mean I have too much stuff.

  • Coyote bounty unnecessary

    I was raised to eat what I kill, except for termites and such, and I do not understand our Grayson County supervisors’ concern about coyotes eating deer. We have more than enough deer out by Gold Hill.
    They are a pest! They wipe out my neighbors’ gardens and cause car wrecks. Even this time of year, I usually see at least three when I drive back from town in early morning or evenings.

  • Grassroots group's efforts paid off

    Kroger supporters and their grassroots movement might not have prevented their beloved Galax store from closing last month, but it has come to The Gazette’s attention that they did play an integral role in attracting new business to the city.
    On April 3, family-owned grocery chain Grants Supermarket announced that it would open a new store in the old Kroger building this summer. In a statement to the newspaper, the owners mentioned that the “Save Kroger” group had caught their attention while they were searching for new spots to expand.

  • Film promotes respect for life

    TV host Glenn Beck and other stalwarts of the Christian right have attacked the recent blockbuster “Noah” as being “pro-animal” and unfaithful to the Bible.
    Well, yes and no.
    The film is both pro-animal and faithful to the Bible, at least to the Book of Genesis, our only source for the story of Noah.
    After all, Genesis 1:29 admonishes, “Behold, I have given you every herb yielding seed which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree that has seed-yielding fruit — to you it shall be for food.”

  • Help during a difficult time

    I am writing to commend Luis Jimenez and staff at Golden Living Center for the wonderful job everyone did taking care of my mother, Flora Carico, for the past seven-plus years while she was a patient.
    I know she could be a little difficult at times, but that did not deter anyone from showing respect and a caring attitude. I could sleep at night knowing her needs were handled properly.