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Today's Opinions

  • Galax showed sportsmanship

    I would like to congratulate Galax students and fans on a year of demonstrated sportsmanship, as highlighted by the basketball sportsmanship announced at the basketball finals.
    Several Altavista fans told me of the kind comments that came from the Galax fans after the Altavista/Galax football game last fall.
    It appears that the fans appreciated a good game by two good teams, even though their team did not win.
    Winning the team basketball sportsmanship also tells me that sportsmanship is prevalent in the schools and in the community.

  • Carroll water park opposed

    Hillsville already has a water park at the Lake Ridge RV Resorts, open to the public.
    I oppose building a new park that will realize a loss for the first few years, with an estimated cost of over $3.5 million.
    Galax Parks and Recreation has plans for a year-round aquatic complex for $3 million, a much better deal. Independence also wants a water park, but that is presently on hold.
    I do not want my taxes increased to cover any loss.

  • Not all land is created equal

    Carroll supervisors have a plan to help property owners turn their hard-to-reach or inaccessible land into cash.
    These ideas, called “Class C subdivisions” and “flag lots” that have entry through driveways known as “flag poles” are proposed modifications to the county’s subdivision ordinance.
    Class C subdivisions as proposed would be limited to five lots off a narrow, dead-end road.

  • A sad situation, both home and abroad

    Politics, the Constitution of the United States, veterans of war, border patrol agents, cutbacks by hooligans and drug dealers and a government awash in scandal one after another.
    Lies, deceit and setbacks, arms folded, smiles about everything.
    What a very sad, disgusting and pathetic situation we have in this country and abroad.
    Russia (the Big Bear) on the hunt for more territory. China wants war over some Japan islands. Mideast on the verge of war with Israel, and our fearless leaders just want to talk and appease.

  • Dog owners should take responsibility

    It’s easier and more convenient for dog owners to just open the door and let their pet outside for a bathroom break or a run around the neighborhood. After all, what harm could five minutes do?
    This is a thought that these owners eventually regret when they hear that sickening squeal of tires on the blacktop near their house.
    Or, when they open the door to call them back, just to find an empty yard.
    Or, when their local animal control officer notifies them that their dog has killed the neighbor’s poodle.  

  • Nepotism must be avoided to protect board's integrity

    At the Grayson County Board of Supervisors meeting Feb. 18, the three members opposing zoning (Brewer, Sexton, and Rosenbaum) voted to defeat an anti-nepotism policy.
    John Brewer said that his brother, sister, or uncle should be able to serve on a county board. Mr. Brewer’s opinion and the vote against the anti-nepotism measure raise serious questions regarding the judgment of the three supervisors who voted to defeat the policy

  • It's time to explore health coverage options

    By Jon D. Applebaum, CEO of Twin County Regional Healthcare

  • County could be carved up

    Name calling won’t get us anywhere near solving the zoning hassle in Grayson. All it does is make people mad and logic goes out the window.
    Meanwhile, three of our supervisors are part of an orchestrated effort to throw Grayson County open to “developers” intent on cutting this lovely land into pieces for their own purposes, regardless of environmental impact.
    They trade on local resentment caused by operators who raped the land and robbed the people and moved local jobs overseas.