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Today's Opinions

  • Training center must remain open

    I would like to thank reporter Chris Brooke and The Gazette for recent coverage of an online petition to “Save Our Training Centers,” spearheaded by Northern Virginia Training Center.
    This coverage keeps the public informed about this most important issue. 
    The Parent Advocacy & Advisory Council of Southwest Virginia continues to work diligently with legislators to slow down this flawed process of discharging residents without placements which can adequately meet their intense needs.

  • Hang up and drive

    Legislation providing for a massive infusion of new money for the commonwealth’s long-neglected, crumbling roads finally took effect July 1, essentially overhauling the way Virginia’s transportation system is funded.
    The clearest signal that the law took effect, however, wasn’t visible along any road; it was at the cash register, where consumers began shelling out a little more money.
    Gone is the state’s fixed, 17.5 cent-per-gallon tax on gasoline, which had lost more than half its value since being enacted in 1987.

  • Criminal code needs serious overhaul

    Of the many government systems that need overhaul, the federal criminal code ranks among the most bloated.
    Congress has created 500 new federal crimes per decade for the last 30 years. From 1980 to 2004, the number of criminal offenses increased by 30 percent.
    Many of those new laws junked a long-standing legal principal known as mens rea: for a person to be guilty of a crime, he must have intended to commit one.

  • Too many scandals

    The White House, the scandals affecting the news media, Libya and IRS all add to a government that appears weak, indecisive and slow to react to events, foreign or domestic.
    Here comes this man from the National Security Agency that fled the country and leaked classified information to the world.
    To the average person in this country, one asks what kind of situation and problem we really have?
    From that tragic day on 9-11 to the present Uncle Sam, there has been watching, listening, and tapping of phone calls, emails and the Internet.

  • Rosenbaum thanks supporters

    I would like to thank all of the good people in the Wilson District that came out to the Republican primary to vote me in on the Republican ticket for the Grayson County Board of Supervisors.
    I need everyone in November to vote me in for change.
    Thank You.
    Glen E. Rosenbaum
    Candidate for Wilson District Board of Supervisors seat
    Flat Ridge

  • With winds calmed, a bright future for solar?

    It’s a breath of fresh air knowing that the future does not hold nine more months of discussion on a proposed tall structures ordinance by the Carroll County supervisors.
    That proposal filled the atmosphere with hot air for a long while after it became public knowledge that a wind energy farm was being considered for Stoots Mountain, near the Wythe-Carroll line.
    County officials developed the tall structures ordinance in answer to that alternative energy study.

  • Support for Kim Hill

    I often hear people say that it’s a shame there aren’t more bright, capable people willing to serve and run for public office. Kim Hill is this and more. Here is your chance to support someone who is intelligent, capable and truly cares about Grayson County and its people. Her only agenda is making Grayson County a better place to live and work in.

  • A monument for the people, by the people

    This year’s Memorial Day marked the dedication of the POW/MIA section of the Blue Ridge Veterans Memorial, and veterans — along with families, friends and other members of a caring community — gathered around the site that morning to see the birth of the area’s newest tribute to sacrifice in the line of service.