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Today's Opinions

  • Virtually the same education? No.

    A recent article in The Gazette touted the many “benefits” of virtual academies.

    However, Carroll School Superintendent Greg Smith failed to give the whole story. Comparing parent-directed home school to public virtual school is like comparing breastfeeding to infant formula, which is an inferior, watered-down version with the real risks hidden.

    When parents enroll their child in a full-time, virtual school, they sign away much of their parental right to direct their child's education.

  • Letters to the Editor for 4/19/10

    Galax recognizes firefighters

    This letter was addressed to the Galax Volunteer Fire Department and Chief David Hankley.

    Galax City Council asked me to convey their thanks and gratitude for the valiant efforts out forth by the Galax Volunteer Fire Department at the fire on South Main Street on March 19.

    It was through their work that damage from this fire was essentially limited to a single structure.

  • Our Heritage On Display

    This weekend is a very big event for Galax and the Twin Counties. Chestnut Creek School of the Arts is holding its grand opening, with a colorful black tie gala on Friday night and then a Parade of the Arts on Saturday, with something for everyone.

    I do hope that you will be coming to celebrate!

  • Letters to the Editor for 4/12/10

    Breast-fed babies see benefits

    The Hotline call headlined “cover up” was in the April 1 issue and at first I wondered if someone was pulling an April Fools trick.

    The caller was upset that a mother was breastfeeding her baby in a park.

    Actually, breastfeeding in public benefits everyone.

    The World Health Organization states that breastfeeding helps protect children from ear, respiratory and gastrointestinal infections and allergies.

  • Help For The Homeless

    The world has a big problem with homeless people, yet no one seems to help them.

    We are all equal but they have no choice but to survive outdoors. We look at them like they are scum, and think if they wanted to they could have made something of themselves.

    In all cases that's not true. Many homeless people are veterans, who served our country to help us. What do we do for them? Really, we do nothing at all.

    The government needs to pay respect to our veterans. They fought for our country, and went through a whole lot more than anyone should.

  • No Lack Of Planning

    This is in response to The Gazette’s editorial, which implied that the Grayson County Public School system lacks sound fiscal planning.

    A comparison was made between Carroll County Public Schools and Grayson County Public Schools, but these two systems have completely different funding issues.

    The Carroll school system is fortunate to have excellent support from its board of supervisors. The Carroll supervisors provide approximately $2 million to the school system above minimum funding required by the state.

  • Grayson is committed to education

    The Grayson County Board of Supervisors feels it is important to communicate and inform citizens on important issues, and from time to time to provide relevant facts that impact or have potential to impact taxpayers of Grayson County.

    The board does not wish to perpetuate any back-and-forth regarding school funding, nor interject any opinion about fellow elected officials.

    We all serve an important role and the board has been, and will continue to be, a committed partner to education.

  • Letters to the Editor for 3/22/10

    Immigrants threaten democracy

    There is no need for anyone to see the Mexican border to be concerned about illegal immigration.

    It is enough to see that the Mexican consulate feels the need to set up office from time to time in Southwest Virginia, that there is any crime committed by illegals who simply return after deportation, and that our police have to concern themselves with Mexican gangs recruiting in our schools.