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Today's Opinions

  • Sitting this election out

     The congressional election is nearly here, and I continue to read lavish promises, endorsements, and supposed service records of the candidates.

    Some think Rep. Boucher’s visionary work renders him close to walking on water for constituents.

    I cannot resist pointing out he’s still doing precious little, particularly recently, for 28 years of voter loyalty.

    Towns and cities in the 9th District have seen factory doors slam shut, and thousands traded pink slips for their livelihood.

  • ELECTION LETTERS NOTICE — UPDATE

     Election Letters Notice

    The Gazette accepted letters to the editor concerning the Nov. 2 election until noon on Oct. 21, for publication in the Oct. 25 newspaper. No more campaign-related letters will be accepted.

    Rebuttal letters ONLY will be accepted until noon on Oct. 28, for publication in the Nov. 1 newspaper.

  • Good news, bad news

    Carroll officials had to learn to take the bad with the good in education news in recent weeks.
    While standardized testing and attendance reports show that the schools continue to realize respectable results, school and county officials received a major reversal of fortune as they tried to plan for future facility needs.
    Educators would have finally been able to wrap up the more-than-a-decade-long facilities improvement program by adding the ninth grade to the high school and the sixth grade to the intermediate.

  • Electoral board concerned about decision

    The Carroll County School Board recently decided to hold school on Election Day.
    It has been a longstanding tradition in Carroll County that schools be closed on Election Day.
    The Carroll County Electoral Board has concerns regarding this change of operations.
    In an effort to maintain the high standards that citizens of Carroll County have become accustomed to, the electoral board has met with, and is working closely with, the school system to address concerns they have.

  • Review: Go ahead — laugh in church

    Two days after seeing the Galax Theatre Guild's production of “Smoke on the Mountain,” I am still laughing.

    Ginger Correll and Carolyn Davis have done a remarkable job of directing this ensemble of actors so that the audience can laugh with complete abandon. The Sanders Family, Preacher Oglethorpe, as well as the members of the congregation are so genuine and funny you never feel they are mocking the people they are portraying. Instead, they just inspire guilt‑free happiness and uncontrollable laughter.

  • Old money discovered anew

    Ten years ago, the Virginia Department of Transportation was on a reckless spending spree, delaying payments on completed projects in order to start new ones. More than 160 projects had to be canceled to restore financial sanity.
    A new audit initiated by Gov. Bob McDonnell revealed last month that the pendulum has swung too far in the opposite direction.
    Today’s VDOT is paralyzed by bureaucratic rules intended to improve accountability that instead have resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars sitting unused in more than 25 separate financial accounts.

  • Pageant winner harrassed

    I was pleased to read the recent letter to the editor concerning pageants.
    My daughter has competed in a number of pageants. Sometimes you place, sometimes you don’t. And that is something she has grown to accept.
    I agree with the writer and wish there were some way for judges to see backstage and know the true heart and personality of the contestants.
    I wanted to write concerning the Miss Carroll Country Intermediate School pageant with a few afterthoughts. My daughter won that pageant. She was so shocked, as was I and my family.

  • Parkway anniversary fun, memorable

    We would like to thank the National Park Service for the outstanding job it did in organizing the celebration of the Blue Ridge Parkway’s 75th anniversary.
    The weekend was fun and memorable. But the people who most need to be commended are the maintenance employees who did such a fantastic job getting the parkway ready for the event. They worked hard all summer, and it’s apparent when one drives on the road. Kudos to these people for work well done.

    Frank and Patti Penland Phelps
    Ennice, N.C.