Today's Opinions

  • 'Golden age' for education

    Phillip Berrier represents the Fancy Gap District on the Carroll County School Board.

  • Cop's Christmas Prayer: A Poem

    Betty Perkins of Fries wrote this poem several years ago, when both her sons and her son-in-law were law enforcement officers. She says she has "spent many Christmas Eves wondering if they were alright."
    When Perkins lived in North Carolina, The Wilmington (N.C.) Star News published this poem on Christmas Eve for several years. This year, she is sharing it with The Gazette.

  • Reserve judgment in Rooftop case

    I feel the need to answer the Readers’ Hotline caller, headlined “out of sight.”
    First, Christina Bedsaul is not my “child.” She is a grown woman with values. The most unselfish person you could meet, and, no, I did not go to work with her.
    However, I know that some days she worked 10-plus hours. When I would call her to wish her a good day at 7:30 a.m. she answered her office phone. When I would call her at 5:30 or 5:45 to find out how much longer she was going to work, she answered her office phone.

  • Keep journals to preserve history

    Like many older people, I have seen much of the world, witnessed history in the making, observed many dramatic changes and events — some good, some bad, and many that are still undecided.
    To my fellow seniors I point out that we can sit around and reminisce about “the good old days” and the things we used to do, see, hear, feel, and so forth, but we are, in a sense, walking libraries in possession of a tidy sum of unwritten history.
    We have in our memories things that will be lost upon our passing.

  • Carroll candidate thanks supporters

    I would like to personally thank everyone who supported me in my campaign for the Pipers Gap seat on the Carroll County Board of Supervisors, as well as [the incumbent] Dr. Littrell for a clean race.
    Even though I lost by percentage, I did not lose by the number of votes I received, the relationships I established and the tremendous experience I gained from running for office.
    Regardless of whether the candidates we supported won, we all need to hold responsible the decisions the upcoming boards will make in their attempts to move our county forward.

  • Update tax policy to help rebuild schools

    Gov. Bob McDonnell, U.S. Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner, Rep. Eric Cantor and former governors George Allen and Tim Kaine wrote this commentary supporting congressional legislation to encourage private interests to renovate older school buildings so that they could be used as modern educational facilities. Webb and Warner have introduced the bill, “The Rehabilitation of Historic Schools Act of 2011.

  • Public notices should be public

    A Landmark News Service editorial

  • Lamb's Table feeds the needy

    Kristy Pollard’s letter to the editor concerning "Lamb's Table" touched my heart and I would like to thank her for the kind words.
    I would also like to expound on them. "Lamb’s Table" is more than one year old and has served more than 5,000 meals since its inception.
    We offer a meal every Tuesday from 5 to 6 p.m. and everyone is invited to share a meal with us.
    Meals are also delivered to those in the community who cannot come to the fellowship hall of Independence First United Methodist Church.