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Today's Opinions

  • Letters to the Editor for 5/4/09

    Park plan raises questions

    There have been plenty of reasons voiced and printed as to why Spirit Harbor should not be given a special use permit (see The Gazette article, “Citizens Appeal Rec Park Decision” in the April 24-26 edition).

    It seems the definition of this development is described in different ways, depending on what side the person who is describing it is on. I find that calling Spirit Harbor a recreation park is kind of misleading.

  • College Comes Closer

    Carroll County's Adult Education Center offers local residents an opportunity to go back to school and improve marketable skills.

    The center at 787 Woodlawn Road offers help with Algebra and geometry, basic computer skills, GED preparation, reading and writing, sciences and more.

    A report card issued by Virginia grading adult education centers says that Carroll's program fell just a few points short of achieving a perfect score. The grading curve was a 50-point scale, Carroll earned 46.29 and the state average is 37.5.

  • Letters to the Editor for 5/11/09

    Actors' versatility should be applauded

    Timing — we all know what it is, but sometimes we cannot control it.

    But I can’t say that about the wonderful production of the play “Greater Tuna” by the Galax Theatre Guild.

    To say the least, the characters of disc jockeys Arles Struvie and Thurston Wheelis of the OKKK radio station were impeccable with their timing as the show opened with the radio broadcast. Actors Arthur Pemberton and Randy Carico are certainly talented.

  • The Ongoing Battle

    With the methamphetamine trafficking problem in Galax once again in the media spotlight last week, some smoldering sentiments reignited for those who believe more could have been done to prevent Mexican drug cartels from establishing operations in the city.

    Many feel that police could have done more earlier in the game, but what critics don't consider is that this level of organized crime was something new and unfamiliar in Southwest Virginia, and the cartels counted on rural law officers' inexperience to help them stay hidden.

  • Pick Your Passion

    A group of organizers are providing the perfect opportunity for locals to give back, as well as the possibility of getting much more in return.

    There's no better way to gain the satisfaction of helping out, make friends, build a resume, find job connections and — if you're new in town — get acquainted with the community and its local organizations than through tomorrow's volunteer fair.

  • Red Cross Needs Our Help

    While some are unaware of the services provided by the Woods River Chapter of American Red Cross — which serves Galax, Grayson, Carroll and Wythe counties — to others, especially people who have received help after losing their home or even their job, its efforts are evident.

  • Letters to the Editor for 4/27/09

    Thousands of animals euthanized

    This information is to let everyone know how many pets are euthanized each year right in your own community.

    The statistics for dogs and cats for 2008 for Carroll and Grayson counties and Galax show there were 1,000 owner surrenders, 784 strays, 202 reclaimed by their owners, and 214 were adopted.

    The total was 1,928, of which 1,479 were euthanized. This means that 76.7 percent of dogs that entered the shelter were euthanized.

  • Grayson should invest in education

    The Grayson County School Board has requested only level funding for our school system for the upcoming school year.

    This budget request is conservative and includes significant cuts in personnel, transportation, instructional materials and services.

    Our budget supports academic programs, career and technical education, technology, band, arts and sports.

    Our children in Grayson County deserve the same educational opportunities as children in surrounding counties.