Today's Opinions

  • Courthouse tragedy play is a challenge

    In his March 28 guest editorial, Gene Dalton was under the impression that the Carroll courthouse centennial will not feature “a play or some type of production on the 100th anniversary…”
    As I told an inquirer in the packed courtroom at the Carroll Historical Society’s March meeting, a dramatic play is being considered, and Frank Levering, a member of the centennial committee, is working on that concept.

  • FACE-IT: a community approach to addiction

    John Bigger of Fayetteville, N.C. is project director of FACE-IT

    If someone told you that 10,000 adults had a treatable disease and that 9,000 were going without treatment, would you be concerned?
    That this disease affects 8.25 percent of the county’s adult population, would you be concerned?
    This community has a silent epidemic eating away its resources — destroying families, damaging businesses, giving rise to criminal acts, hindering children’s success, taking lives prematurely.

  • Shooting thoroughly investigated

    Editor’s note: This letter is a rebuttal to points made in a letter from Kyle and Sherry Billings, which ran in the March 21-22 edition of The Gazette. In the letter, the parents of shooting victim Brandon Billings said that “nothing was done” by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department for five years following the death of the high school student. The case is still unsolved.

  • Garbage ruins 'bit of heaven'

    We just recently moved to this area. We feel we have found a bit of heaven in this beautiful Carroll County.
    However, we’ve been upset by the amount of garbage thrown along the roadsides.
    Last week we called the Virginia Department of Transportation about the trash along our road. They told us we could stop by and get some bags to pick up the litter.
    We planned to go out Saturday after doing some errands.  When we arrived home, all of Orchard Gap Road had orange bags up and down the hill full of trash, 50 or more.

  • What is wrong with America?

    The right to bear arms was given to us, not to protect our homes and families from evildoers of this sick society we live in.
    Why is it a higher offense and almost immediate death sentence when you kill a government official of some kind, even if it’s a cop, who abuses his authority and is breaking his own law and duty and found guilty till whoever moves his innocence, and not because of the tongue of a high-priced attorney because he makes it sound good.

  • Honored to put sign in yard

    To the person concerned about the sign in my yard on Hebron Road.
    I am an employed taxpayer who votes in every election. I am well aware of the county in which I live.
    I personally am so occupied with work, family, friends and church that I have no time to critique the yards on Hebron Road. Maybe other people have too much time on their hands.
    Having known Mark Burnett and family for 30 years, I feel honored to put a sign for him in my yard.

  • Smith family thanks community

    The Smith family, who lost their belongings in a house fire on Commonwealth Road, would like to thank everyone for all their donations, thoughts and prayers.
    Everyone came together to help our family and we are truly grateful.
    Bettie Lineberry

  • 'Tragedy' play would be a powerful event

    By Gene Dalton of Hillsville

    The Carroll County Centennial Citizens Committee should rethink its decision to not do a play or some type of production on the 100th anniversary of the “Carroll County Courthouse tragedy.”
    While growing up in Carroll County, I often heard about the “Hillsville courthouse shooting.” It is a major piece of local and national history.
    So, I was disappointed to hear of the decision. It's a most interesting story.