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Today's Opinions

  • Bluegrass, conspiracy link a real stretch for Tea Party

    This column by Dan Casey originally was published in The Roanoke Times.

  • Class thanks supporters

    As the teacher of the CCEC class at Galax Elementary School, and on behalf of my students, I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to everyone in the community who helped make possible the $10,000 prize in the UCT Gives Back contest.
    It is seldom that I have been able to witness such a tremendous outpouring of support and generosity. There were so many people who helped make this a reality, and I wish I were able to thank each and every one. There were votes cast from this community and votes cast from as far away as Alaska and Hawaii.

  • Cigarettes on road unsightly

    I think that the cigarettes lying on the side of the road is getting out of hand.
    We should make it illegal to throw cigarettes outside. They are made of paper. It takes a long time for the paper to dissolve into the ground.
    As a matter of fact, it takes five years for this process to happen. If you ask me, that’s a long time. We need to do something.
    Caleb Johnson
    Boy Scout Troop 284, Woodlawn

     

  • 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.