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Today's Opinions

  • Zoning should protect Grayson water supply

    By Charlotte Hanes, Independence

  • Small elections have big impact

    Elections are coming up on May 6, and voters will get another chance to shape the face of their local government.
    What happens at the polls could drastically change what the Twin Counties look like over the next four years.
    For some, local elections aren’t as important as the congressional or presidential elections. Some only pay attention to the state or national races, believing that they are the only ones that matter.

  • An alternative to coyote bounty

    Recently it has been suggested that a bounty be placed on coyotes around here. I’ve heard it suggested that, as well as protecting deer (an endangered species, for sure), it would amuse the children of tourists and expose them to the proud tradition of the Huntsman.
    I humbly offer a solution. Instead of squandering 90¢ a shot on .243 Winchester ammo (the preferred load for blowing away coyotes), the bounty should be applied instead to starlings (the greater nuisance, I’m sure all would agree). The savings on ammunition is considerable.

  • Seven reasons to support Grayson's coyote bounty

    Anne and Clark Donley blow a lot of smoke in their letter about a coyote bounty.
    First: It will not break the county.
    Two: When I bought land and built near Elk Creek, quail and whippoorwill could be heard in the spring and summer and large flocks (30-40) of wild turkeys could often be seen. Then the coyotes arrived. Haven’t seen or heard quail or whippoorwill in 30 years, and I’m lucky to spot more than three turkeys in a flock these days.

  • Homework needed on new Galax school

    For the past few weeks, members of Galax City Council have considered a major decision: should they grant a conditional use permit to the Galax school system to build a new elementary school?

  • Never felt more welcome

    “Thank you” and “you’re welcome.”
    Two common phrases, usually spoken face to face after one is grateful for the way another has behaved towards the first.
    I recently moved from the Tidewater area, where I spent the past three decades, to Grayson County right outside of Galax. I’m retiring here. One of the best things about retiring is, this is my last move. If I never finish unpacking, it would just mean I have too much stuff.

  • Coyote bounty unnecessary

    I was raised to eat what I kill, except for termites and such, and I do not understand our Grayson County supervisors’ concern about coyotes eating deer. We have more than enough deer out by Gold Hill.
    They are a pest! They wipe out my neighbors’ gardens and cause car wrecks. Even this time of year, I usually see at least three when I drive back from town in early morning or evenings.

  • Grassroots group's efforts paid off

    Kroger supporters and their grassroots movement might not have prevented their beloved Galax store from closing last month, but it has come to The Gazette’s attention that they did play an integral role in attracting new business to the city.
    On April 3, family-owned grocery chain Grants Supermarket announced that it would open a new store in the old Kroger building this summer. In a statement to the newspaper, the owners mentioned that the “Save Kroger” group had caught their attention while they were searching for new spots to expand.