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Today's Opinions

  • Burning releases toxic chemical dioxin

    In response to the editor's note on Christmas tree waste burning: the real issue is "waste burning of chemical compounds creating toxic dioxin" causing health damages.
    The Environmental Protection Agency confirmed in the 1970s that dioxin is a cancer hazard and serious health threat. Its science advisory board published a nine-volume report. In 1986 it proposed controls on dioxin emissions. EPA Chief William Reily reported increases in cancers to people exposed to dioxin, 82 percent above the norm.

  • End cuts to education spending in Virginia

    Harold Golding is chairman of the Southwest Region, Virginia School Boards Association Board of Directors

    “The great aim of education is not knowledge, but action,” the British philosopher Herbert Spencer once wrote.
    Today, I urge you to take action to help the education system in Virginia be as strong as it can possibly be. You can make a difference in the future of our children and in the welfare of our communities.
    Are you aware that per pupil spending in Virginia has decreased by almost 20 percent since 2007?

  • Sheriff was a change for the better

    We would like to respond to Mark Burnett’s announcement as a candidate for Grayson County sheriff. We would like to clarify some statements that have been made against Sheriff Richard Vaughan.
    Concerning Mr. Burnett’s open door policy, Mr. Vaughan’s door is always open and he does return calls. If you go there and he is not there, it is because he is out working on cases, and not just sitting behind a desk waiting on things to come to him.

  • The devil in the details of Carroll's ethics code

    The idea sounds good at first — an ethical Carroll County government is just what everybody wants.
    How could anybody disagree with that?
    As usual, the devil is in the details, specifically number 18 in the code of ethics, which tells all general county representatives and citizens who volunteer on boards, commissions, authorities, committees and whatnot to refer all media inquiries to the county administrator’s office.

  • Restore rights to nonviolent felons

    This letter was addressed to Del. Mark Cole (R-Spotsylvania) and was copied to The Gazette. The author described himself under his signature as “convicted felon and former Carroll County administrator.”

    I read with sadness your opposition to Senate Joint Resolution 284, to allow an opportunity to amend the Virginia Constitution to allow automatic restoration of civil rights to nonviolent felons once they complete their sentences.
    Being a nonviolent felon, I know firsthand the disgrace and prejudice associated with a felony conviction.

  • Disagree, but be respectful

    I've often regarded the Readers’ Hotline as being similar to driving by a traffic accident — can't help but look, but after doing so I don't feel so good.
    The comment in the Feb. 2 edition was over the line and I feel The Gazette showed poor taste in printing it.
    I'm referring to the call by someone implying Mr. Goldwasser addressing his concerns to the Carroll supervisors, as "wanting to control everybody, vindictive, angry and hostile" and then even dragging his wife into it!

  • Who to blame but ourselves?

    Do you remember when you could buy a five-pound can of coffee for $4? Now you can buy a five-pound can with two pounds and 2.5 ounces of coffee for only $7 to $9 per can.
    Now that’s a good deal!
    Do you remember the Pepsi Cola jingle: Pepsi Cola, that’s a lot, twice as much for a nickel, five cents, too (12 ounces). Pepsi Cola is the drink for you.
    What do you pay for a can now!
    Do you remember when a two-pound loaf of bread cost 30 cents? Now a one-pound loaf is $1 in the best price in town.

  • Grayson opted out of ag districts

    In the Jan. 21 edition, you quoted Virginia Cooperative Extension agent Webb Flowers as saying, "I don't believe there's a single board of supervisors in the state of Virginia that have rejected an application."
    Flowers needs to be informed that Grayson County holds that distinction of rejecting an application.
    In November 2003, the Grayson Board of Supervisors rejected the very first (and I believe the only) application it received.
    It was for a forestal district of 250.96 acres involving two landowners. The reasons given were: