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Today's Opinions

  • Rising above politics

    The recently-passed health care reform legislation will affect every American citizen.

    On a matter of this broad scope, it is essential that members of Congress place the interests of their constituents first and rise above political party interests where necessary to do so.

    It is clear both from Rep. Rick Boucher’s vote and from the reasons for his vote that our congressman understands this necessity.

  • Letters to the Editor for 5/17/10

    Tax hike poorly timed

    Wait one minute, the Grayson County Board of Supervisors is considering a jump in our real estate taxes to help them balance our county budget.

    Is this the same group that voted to remodel and build two area schools, one of which cannot be opened because someone did not do their homework?

    The Gazette reported that the county began in 2008 borrowing money to pay day-to-day expenses. Now our supervisors want a $4 million line of credit, and wanted to renegotiate the school construction loan.

  • GUEST EDITORIAL: Girl Scout leaders commended

    Girl Scouts in Carroll County honored their adult leaders April 22 on Girl Scout Appreciation Day during National Volunteer Week.

    Our dedicated leaders give of their time to plan and lead fun, educational Girl Scout troop meetings and field trips.

  • Letters to the Editor for 5/10/10

    Prayers should be inclusive

    Since the comments supporting Virginia's governor and his rejection of a policy that advised volunteer chaplains to be circumspect in their public prayers at government-sponsored events seem to be defensive, mean-spirited, and clamoring for "freedom," let's consider some common sense objections to the direction this hullabaloo has taken.

  • Benefits take off at airport

    The economic impact of having an airport must be somewhat like flying through fog — sometimes it’s hard to see.

    But the recent award of the massive earth moving project to create the runway safe area can bring the impact of the Twin County Airport into sharper focus.

    Take, for example, the low bid supplied by local contractor Sowers Construction of a little less than $700,000 to grade the area around the runway into a flat surface.

  • Letters to the Editor for 5/3/10

    Show could not go on

    I wish to address the concerns expressed by a Grayson County High School Chorus parent regarding this year’s spring musical cancellation.

    It was a disheartening but appropriate decision based upon rational consideration.

    While Grayson County Schools have missed comparable amounts of snow days in the past, this year differs greatly due to three consecutive weeks of school being missed directly preceding the production. Attempts to hold rehearsal on cancelled days resulted in inadequate attendance.

  • An Affordable Option

    When it comes to construction, the Great Recession has caused the bottom to fall out of the housing market.

    This slowdown has caused surviving construction companies to clamor for work — and increased competitiveness for remaining projects.

    As a result, the construction projects that have gone forward have actually benefitted from lower-than-normal prices.

    The earth-moving project for the runway safe area at the Twin County Airport is a good example, as it came in at about half the initial engineer's estimate, or a little less than $700,000.

  • Letters to the Editor for 4/26/10

    Drawn back to Galax

    I was born and raised in Galax, and like so many other young people, I left to pursue a career elsewhere.

    Last week I returned "back home" to attend a birthday celebration. I realized that many of the things that made me so anxious to leave are the very things that now draw me back.

    In some ways it's like stepping back in time — the slower pace of life and friendly people that have the time to stop and chat remind me of a much simpler time.