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Today's Opinions

  • Eyes on the road

    Driving along with a police car behind you can definitely be a stressful experience. Whether you’ve committed an infraction or not, just seeing that intimidating vehicle is enough to make even the most seasoned driver get a little antsy. Suddenly, doubt creeps in.
    Was I speeding? Did I forget to signal? Do I have a tail light out?
    Then, as soon as they appear, they are gone. Whew, no ticket.
    Recently, The Gazette has received calls to The Hotline from readers expressing their irritation at being constantly watched and followed by the police.

  • AmeriCorps workers appreciated

    During AmeriCorps Week, March 9-17, I would like to sing the praises of the 30 Reading for Life AmeriCorps members who serve as literacy and math tutors in Carroll County Schools.
    These dedicated men and women provide a much-needed service tutoring and mentoring students.
    The AmeriCorps members also design and/or create activities and materials to be used with the students to increase their motivation to learn.

  • With open arms

    It has been said by many that the Twin Counties are rich in hospitality.
    In fact, it is commonly quoted by those who return to this area after traveling to other places, that they "have finally come home."
    Looking back over events that have taken place over the past couple of months, it is easy to see why people feel this way. Not only do local businesses, organizations and residents welcome newcomers with open arms, but in the most dire situations, their doors swing open, too.

  • Help courthouse make changes

    Your extensive coverage of the accessibility issues at the Historic 1908 Courthouse was welcome.
    The Courthouse Foundation Board of Directors is committed to welcoming all people to the 1908 Courthouse.
    As noted in your coverage, the courthouse has made significant improvements to accessibility in the past. Our biggest obstacle in recent years has been funding.
    We have had plans to make our restrooms wheelchair accessible for several years but, given the slow economic times recently, our fundraising has been down. We simply have not had enough money.

  • Lions Club thanks chamber

    The Hillsville Lions Club thanks members of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce for selecting our organization for recognition and support during February.
    Through the chamber’s support, the Lions Club has placed additional used eye glass and hearing aid collection boxes at the chamber office in the old Carroll County Courthouse, at the Carroll Wellness Center, The Hair Shack, E-Z Stop, and Grayson National Bank in Hillsville.

  • Adopt a pet, save a life

    Someone wants to save a pet’s life, but does not want a pet.
    He donates the adoption fee to the animal shelter.
    Someone wants to adopt a pet but cannot afford the start up cost.
    The donated fee is applied to the adoption.
    The donor wins. He saves a life.
    The adopting family wins. It gains a loving pet.
    The pet wins. It gets a home.
    Win, win, win.
    Bonnie Campbell
    Independence

  • School officers an invaluable resource

    For Twin County parents, it might be hard to understand the national debate about placing armed police officers in schools. To many, it probably seems an obvious, proven and effective security measure.
    Schools in Carroll, Grayson and Galax have had resource officers at high schools for years, and this arrangement has been praised by educators, law enforcement, parents and even students. The program is now expanding to elementary schools after the deadly Newtown, Conn., school shootings of 2012.

  • Health care is extortion

    To be forced by intimidation and undue power to pay a gross overcharge. That is “extortion” defined.
    Mobsters go to jail for it. But the health care system in America has a license to do it with impunity. It’s like doing business with the “mob,” except the mob wouldn’t stick it to you that bad.