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Today's Opinions

  • Rates hike a pain to town

    To Hillsville citizens,
    As you probably have heard and read, the Town of Hillsville is having to propose a substantial increase in water and sewer fees due primarily to the loss of the [Carroll Public Service Authority] water purchases and sewer flow from the Interstate 77 interchange.

  • Bartlett won't seek Oldtown seat

     

     

    I wish to inform all my friends and supporters in Grayson County and particularly those in the Oldtown Voting District that I will not seek reelection as the Oldtown District Supervisor in the upcoming election in November 2011.

  • The way it should be

    People want relief from high fuel and power prices, so the news about energy efficiency grant is welcome.
    An Earth Day announcement of a $75,000 from the Appalachian Regional Commission should get things going in the right direction.
    That and $90,000 match of cash and in-kind contribution from partners will first concentrate on ideas for improving energy efficiency.
    After that, a second phase will produce alternative energy demonstration projects.
    This will include putting up solar panels at Matthews State Forest and wood-fired gasification.

  • Playground 2000 needs maintenance

    A little more than 10 years ago, the people and businesses of this community came together in an unprecedented effort and raised more than $125,000 to provide a safe and fun place to play for our children and those of travelers.
    When we are there with our children and see so many happy kids running, sliding and swinging, we are proud to have been a part of that effort. We are concerned that this gift from the people of the county is not being maintained with that same pride.

  • Playground issues are being addressed

    We were made aware of some issues last summer (2010) after our scheduled inspection by VACO safety inspectors. During that meeting we discussed potential safety issues and how to fix them.
    Carroll Parks and Recreation and the county maintenance department reviewed a repair list and made plans to resolve the problems.

  • Conservation easements can benefit taxpayers

    David G. Yolton is a land trust board member.

    In the New River Valley, we face a huge challenge:  How do we preserve the bounty of nature and our rich natural resources, the envy of many on this planet?
    The New River Land Trust is a non-profit organization committed to conserving farmland, forests, open spaces, and historic places in Virginia’s New River region, including the counties of Bland, Carroll, Giles, Floyd, Grayson, Montgomery, Pulaski, Wythe, and the cities of Galax and Radford.

  • Wealth never 'trickles down'

    During the late 1970s, a group of rich and powerful men got together to plan the neoconservative revolution, hoping to establish a 100-year reign of Republican control of the government.
    They hoped to do away with labor unions, Aid to Dependent Children, Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security. They also hoped to eliminate import tariffs (free trade) so they could make an end run around worker health and safety laws, minimum wages and environmental laws by farming out their jobs to third world countries.

  • Family appreciates kindness

    Recently, while visiting Galax for a doctor appointment, my daughter left her purse in the Walmart shopping cart.
    Since she’s 11, I was somewhat concerned, but more so when she explained she had left her birthday money in it.
    With her grandparents’ help, we contacted the local Walmart service center to discover they had found it. They graciously held it at the service desk until our next appointment day when we stopped by.