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Today's Opinions

  • Pool complaints addressed

    I was one of the early members of Carroll Wellness Center and I’ve never had any reason to regret it.  I’m there six days a week.
    When I read the anonymous comments about the pool in the Jan. 8, I was puzzled as to whether the signage in the women’s area was different from that in the men’s, since there are numerous signs regarding rules for use of the pool in the men’s area.

  • Zoning repeal? Not so fast, Grayson

    The Grayson supervisors’ debate about a proposed repeal of the county’s zoning ordinance has revealed an internal conflict on that board that mirrors the divided nature of citizens’ opinions on the issue.
    Though the anti-zoning faction on the board has claimed — with only anecdotal evidence — that their mission follows the will of a majority of citizens, the more vocal group has been the one defending zoning. More of them have been speaking at meetings, writing letters to the newspaper and voting in a Gazette online poll.

  • Hold ideals above politics

    All Grayson County residents should be very concerned about the recent mis-actions of county supervisors Brewer, Sexton and Rosenbaum, who are making motions out of sheer ignorance.
    Making matters worse, supervisors Sexton and Brewer are backing Rosenbaum’s ill-prepared motions instead of correcting or advising him that as a new, inexperienced member of the board, he should familiarize himself with all of the facts on an issue and find out what his constituents want, before making a legal motion.

  • Entertained by recent events

    Not for anything in the world would I cancel my subscriptions to The Gazette and Declaration. You guys are now my major amusement, as Grayson County becomes the laughing-stock of the state and probably the southeast regional conference.
    Here we have some goofy Grayson County supervisors trying to appoint their relatives to county jobs. Our county administrator actually told the offenders that the law won’t let them do that.

  • Nursing home thanks donors

    Grayson Nursing and Rehabilitation Center thanks all in the community who donated gifts, cards, wreaths, money and a generous amount of their time with our residents during Christmas season.
    It occurred to me while decorating tree after tree in the facility (as well as dealing with lights that do not work, ornaments that break and the occasional tree that falls over), that this is not what it is all about.

  • Don't undo county progress with zoning repeal

    To the Grayson County Supervisors:
    I have lately been a bit concerned with the actions and attitudes of you, our county representatives. There seems to be a divide between you that mirrors some of the same syndromes we see on both a state and national level, politically.
    The two views that seem to be on display are:
    1. That government is too big and needs to be downsized by any means possible. 2. Government is how we, by majority, design and implement courses of action that never please everyone, but serve to do the most good for the most people.  

  • A power play in Grayson?

    Are Grayson County supervisors John Brewer and David Sexton backing the wrong horse in siding with Supervisor Rosenbaum?
    Are they digging themselves a hole that will be impossible to climb out of? Time will tell for sure.
    Seems these three men are causing a lot of hard feelings among citizens of Grayson County. I don’t have a horse in this race, but I do have a feeling Brewer and Sexton are not helping themselves.
    These are two very good men, but I feel are going down the wrong path in this instance. They jumped too quick in the things they voted out!

  • Why Virginia needs a farm bill now

    By J. Calvin Parrish, state executive director for the USDA Farm Service Agency; and Ellen Davis, state director for USDA Rural Development