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Today's Opinions

  • Letters to the Editor for 9/21/09

    Trail helps us celebrate heritage

    I read a wonderful article by April Wright in the Dec. 15-16, 2008, edition of the Gazette, titled “Money Trail.”

    The article focused on the $23 million economic impact that the Crooked Road initiative brought to 10 counties and 19 towns stretching from Dickenson to Franklin County.

    Of the $23 million, $13 million was attributed to direct sales of goods. The foundation for the Crooked Road was a regional effort to promote our heritage; one consisting of natural amenities, music and artisans.

  • Letter to the Editor for 9/28/09

    Reader finds little to compliment in grammar mistakes

    I was just about to write a letter to compliment a reporter on his correct use of the word “complement” in his “Enterprise Zone” article in The Gazette of Sept. 16, when I read his article about Grayson County school construction in the Sept. 18 edtion.

    In this article, he uses the word “complement” incorrectly. I then realized that he must use the word “complement” for both the word “complement” and the word “compliment.”

  • Fries: a tourist destination

    It was announced last week that the Town of Fries was successful in obtaining a $1 million grant to build a new 10,000-square-foot fire department.

    This is very welcome news for the small town, and shows promise that its master plan could be moving forward.

    Ever since the old Washington Mills left the former cotton mill town, Fries has been attempting to revitalize its downtown sector and make it appealing for prospective developers.

  • Letters to the Editor 9/7/09

    Parkway celebration to begin

    The Blue Ridge Parkway will celebrate 75 years in September 2010.

    At the 50th anniversary celebration in 1985, more than 6,000 people attended festivities at Cumberland Knob near Galax.

    Parkway officials expect double that number for the 75th anniversary celebration to be held at the Blue Ridge Music Center and Cumberland Knob on Sept. 10-11, 2010.

    A year-long schedule of events will lead up to the grand celebration in 2010, with the first occurring right here in Galax.

  • Letters to the Editor for 9/14/09

    Healthcare answers insufficient

    In rebuttal to the Aug. 21 story, U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher did not sound skeptical of the government option for health care to my wife and I.

    We were at the meeting at New River Community College [that was referenced in the story] and we listened to his answers.

    The first person to ask a question wanted to know where was wording in the Constitution that would allow the national government to be involved in health care?

  • Hard Work Pays Off

    The just-announced public utilities for Fancy Gap took two things — a honking big hunk of $8 million in stimulus funds from the federal government and the persistence of the people.

    The everyday folks, who knew there was a need to promote development, asked for help. When the answer wasn't forthcoming, they asked again.

  • Eye of the Beholder

    A bold mural being painted on front of the Jeff Matthews Museum has caused an uproar among Galax residents, city staff and the museum's board of directors.

    The mural, started last month, remains unfinished until the Galax Planning Commission decides if artists David and Brigette Payseur should continue the painting.

    However, since the mural has gone up, it has attracted attention from many tourists, as well as locals, who never knew the museum even existed.

  • Letters to the Editor for 8/31/09

    Waddell has high rating

    This is in regard to newspaper accounts of alleged abuse at Waddell Nursing and Rehab Center.

    I’m confident that your reporting accurately represented the facts as alleged. However, your article in terms of what it didn’t say, unintentionally did a serious disservice to the facility, employees and residents.