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Today's Opinions

  • Letters to the Editor for 02/01/10

    Our moral imperative

     

    Very few folks are satisfied how things are going in our community.  People are fed up with the mess.

    Issue upon issue; controversy upon controversy; what is true, what is propaganda; who knows, who doesn’t know; who’s doing, and who’s doing nothing — all has lots of folks wondering what is going on.

  • Cuts both ways

    If there are problems in Carroll's emergency services department, they weren't on display as many members of fire and rescue from across the county responded to the Briarleigh Court blaze Jan. 9.

    If one could see behind the firefighters' breathing apparatus, no doubt their faces would show concern for the 37 people living inside the apartment complex. Alongside that emotion, the rescuers' faces also reflected their determination to get everyone out of harm's way.

  • Take time to gather

    As children, we can’t wait till we are teenagers. Age 16 comes and we can’t wait to be 21. Twenty-one comes and we can’t wait to be 30.

    On it goes, waiting to retire, and even that has been extended.

    Each year we lose someone we care about to death. The gathering for that, too, is growing smaller and smaller.

    In the 1980s, people began wanting a sense of belonging and the search for generations past became a must in nearly every family.

  • Letters to the Editor for 01/18/10

    New school is a waste of money

     

    Why are we building this expensive new Grayson Highlands school up toward Troutdale, when our school-age enrollment is declining and state funding is decreased?

    This sounds nuts to me.

    The building at Bridle Creek Elementary, where I vote, is solid as a rock.

    The academic program has won a presidential citation for excellence. It's small enough that teachers know the children and families by name.

  • Letters to the Editor for 01/25/10

    Get ready for painful budget cuts

     

    I must be psychic. My last letter pointed out that there would be many state and local cuts coming because of Medicaid funding changes, when and if this healthcare plan passes.

    Lo and behold, cuts are taking place well ahead of time, much like credit card companies scrambled to increase interest rates well ahead of the February deadline that they were given by the feds.

    If you look at the cuts reported in The Gazette Dec. 21, it is amazing but pretty predictable.

  • Letters to the Editor for 01/11/10

    Planning process too early

     

    The announcement that the Carroll County Supervisors want citizen input for a new comprehensive plan is an encouraging sign of change, but the timing makes no sense.

    It would have made sense to have formulated the plan before the Exit 14 land giveaway and before borrowing millions of dollars to extend water and sewer connections to Galax. These were extremely significant decisions for economic development, and it is unfortunate that citizen input was not solicited.

  • School of the future

    On a warm July day back in 2008, Grayson leaders broke ground on the first county school construction program in more than 25 years.

    Superintendent Elizabeth Thomas said that day that "young people deserve a school equipped with the latest technology."

    Former County Administrator Bill Ring stated that with the new facility, students "don't have to take a back seat anymore."

    Seventeen months later, a beautiful school stands where an open field once was, ready to educate the future of Grayson County.

  • Letters to the Editor for 12/28/09

    Smoking a privilege, not a right

    I’ve read the Hotline calls of irate smokers (and one non-smoker) who claim their rights were trampled by the recent law going into effect that bans smoking in restaurants.

    I certainly understand their anger, given how unreasonable it is to ask them to walk 20 feet to the door, open it, and stand in the open air to smoke. How unreasonable!