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Today's Opinions

  • Look Through Tourists' Eyes

    Once again, it takes out-of-towners to remind us how good we have it in the Twin Counties.

    After last week's "familiarization tour" for tourism officials from all over Virginia, the visitors couldn't find enough good things to say about our underappreciated area. They enjoyed shopping in our unique shops, visiting our attractions, hearing our music and seeing our natural wonders.

  • A Way Forward

    Not to be premature, but it looks like a new day might be dawning in the Twin Counties — one that holds the promise of an amicable relationship between the Town of Hillsville and Carroll County.

    Though the town and county have cooperated in the past when they expected mutual benefits, it seemed the officials for the two localities did not see eye to eye very often.

    An atmosphere of hostility seemed to be the norm, as water and sewer disagreements stretched on for half a dozen years or more.

  • CALLING ALL BLOGGERS

    “Write what you know” is a common piece of advice for aspiring writers, and it's a good one.

    Most of us have something that we feel passionately about, that we'd love to write about and have others read, if only we had the proper venue.

    We have opinions we want to share and see what others think.

    Maybe you've thought about being a citizen journalist, but didn't know where to start?

  • Letters to the Editor for 5/24/10

    Slavery not only cause

    Gov. Robert McDonnell's designation of April as Confederate Heritage Month evoked mixed reactions, as it did when former Gov. George Allen did likewise.

    I am disappointed that some people want to deny citizens of Confederate lineage the opportunity to honor their forefathers by paying special tribute to them in the month of April or on special occasions.

  • Letter to the Editor for 6/7/10

    Concert tickets too costly

    I am writing to express my disappointment in the attendance at the opening concert at the Blue Ridge Music Center for the new season of 2010, held May 28.

    I am a volunteer for Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway and had volunteered many times at the music center since its opening in 2002.

  • Report adult abuse, neglect

    During state fiscal year 2009, Virginia Adult Protective Services investigated more than 15,600 reports of adult abuse, neglect and exploitation.

    Fifty-nine percent of these reports were substantiated.

    During May, in recognition of Adult Abuse Prevention Month, The Carroll County Department of Social Services is conducting a campaign to inform our community about the abuse of vulnerable adults. We hope to bring the tragedy of adult abuse to the community's attention.

  • Rising above politics

    The recently-passed health care reform legislation will affect every American citizen.

    On a matter of this broad scope, it is essential that members of Congress place the interests of their constituents first and rise above political party interests where necessary to do so.

    It is clear both from Rep. Rick Boucher’s vote and from the reasons for his vote that our congressman understands this necessity.

  • Letters to the Editor for 5/17/10

    Tax hike poorly timed

    Wait one minute, the Grayson County Board of Supervisors is considering a jump in our real estate taxes to help them balance our county budget.

    Is this the same group that voted to remodel and build two area schools, one of which cannot be opened because someone did not do their homework?

    The Gazette reported that the county began in 2008 borrowing money to pay day-to-day expenses. Now our supervisors want a $4 million line of credit, and wanted to renegotiate the school construction loan.