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Today's Opinions

  • Grayson has a lot we don't need

    Grayson County has lots of needs. We also have lots we don't need, in the form of expenses for the taxpayers. Here are just a few.
    • Doubling of real estate taxes to pay for a new multi-million dollar school. We already had good school buildings, better than a lot of kids live in.
    • Borrowing money to pay interest on borrowed money with the result of putting the new school in hock to some financier off in another state somewhere.
    • A school superintendent with a salary that would choke a hay-baler.

  • Where do Virginia Lottery profits go?

    As a concerned citizen, I am not seeing where the money is going.
    The Virginia Lottery money is supposed to be going for the schools and roads. Well, I don’t see it.
    Grayson County schools did have a create program for certain schools. Well, they had to cut that program out.  
    That helped my daughter out with her homework. Since they cut that out, she has all of this homework to do.
    Not only that, but they reduced some school lunches. They are not getting nearly as much as they did before.

  • Zoning protects property values

    It boggles my mind every time I read a news article in which citizens state that zoning makes them give up control of their land. This simply illustrates the ignorance that exists in our county.
    Zoning protects the value of your property.
    I own about 10 acres on the edge of town and I really don't wish to have a concrete plant or a chicken processing plant move in right beside me. My property values would go to zilch in a hurry.
    The thing that people are forgetting is that they are in control of what the zoning ordinances control.

  • Churches, healthcare workers thanked

    I would like to thank all the churches for the food and helping to serve emergency room doctors and nurses. You were wonderful.
    Southwest Virginia Home Health Care, the women and nurses were great.
    Thanks to Dr. Lazo for all your help, and to all who helped at the benefit and for the many cards, flowers and special prayers.

    Cleo Dowling
    Fries

  • Family thanks community for kindness

    We would like to take a moment to express our family's gratitude for each person who has shown us kindness during our time of need.
    We want to thank all the local businesses and individuals who donated items or their time for the benefit held on Oct. 4 at Mountain Surf Seafood for Autumn.
    We would also like to thank our work family, family and friends for organizing and working the benefit and auction.
    There are no words that can express the joy that filled our hearts at the number of people that came out that night in Autumn's honor.

  • Keeping pool open was the right choice

    I remember earlier in the year when people were complaining about the Fries public pool not being open and how the kids would be swimming in the river and getting hurt.
    Now, some ding-a-ling complains to the newspaper because the town used money in the pool fund to save the kids from getting hurt by swimming in the river. Give me a break!
    If anyone believes that the town will eventually raise enough money to replace the pool, I have a bridge here in Roanoke over Tinker Creek I am sure you will be interested in purchasing.

  • Choose county over party

    I live in the Baywood district of Grayson County. The tax problem we are having in Grayson County is man-made, by the officials, the administrator and the board of supervisors.
    We have too many money-grubbers and spendthrifts. It is about time for a house cleaning.
    The Republican party has tried to take care of the county, but I think they didn't do too good of a job. If things don't change, the county will be bankrupted.
    If you can manage the money you get, you will not have to raise taxes every time the moon changes.

  • Every donation counts

    As it has for nearly three decades, the Galax Y's Men Club is once again undertaking a project that helps hundreds of local families have a brighter Christmas.
    Through the 28th Annual Community Christmas Chest fundraiser, the Y's Men are working hard to solicit funds from the community to pay for food boxes delivered to needy families at Christmas.
    It's truly a case of neighbors helping neighbors, as the majority of funds come from individuals. Businesses, churches, schools and civic organizations also chip in to help the Christmas Chest reach its goal.