Today's Opinions

  • Grayson zoning ordiance questioned

    Grayson County citizens, are you aware of 3.1-4.6 in the county zoning ordinance?
    “...Right-of-way which is fifty (50) feet or greater in width, or fifty (50) feet from the centerline of any street which has a right-of-way of less than fifty (50) feet, whichever is greater.
    One principal building may be constructed on a lot having a dedicated right-of-way of not less than forty feet providing ingress and egress to a dedicated recorded public street or thoroughfare.”

  • Chemicals spread beyond farm borders

    My letter to the Virginia Tech Agriculture/Pesticide Department is of import to all Grayson County citizens, so I am submitting it for print.
    Last Oct. 6, while harvesting my orchard fruit, I was very aware of the upsetting loud noise of equipment and or helicopter disrupting the Sunday peace at 7:30 in the morning.
    It continued for hours, coming from the Blue Ridge area of Elk Creek Christmas tree farms.

  • Candidate would limit, not repeal, zoning

    Editor’s note: This letter is in response to a letter from John Duvall endorsing Kate Irwin for the Wilson District seat on the Grayson County Board of Supervisors, which ran in the Oct. 9 edition of that newspaper. The writer requested that it also run in The Gazette, but the request came after the deadline for submitting political letters regarding the Nov. 5 election. As per The Gazette’s guidelines for political letters, it has been edited to only include the rebuttal portion, which addresses a factual error in Duvall’s letter.

  • Community thanked for supporting troops

    I would like to thank the community for the support that was given to the AmeriCorps project, Support the Troops.
    Items collected in our area were taken to Staunton, where 22 AmeriCorps programs across Virginia pooled their donations to package 150 large boxes of snacks, books, card games, and personal hygiene items.
    The boxes are being shipped by the American Red Cross for distribution in Afghanistan and Kuwait at Red Cross centers and in hospitals.

  • Donors help improve athletic facilities

    As many of you know, the Grayson Football and Wrestling Club has partnered with the school system and the county in an effort to improve the athletic facilities at the high school. Currently, you can see the results of these efforts with a newly renovated athletic field.
    The cost of the project is approximately $60,000. Our commitment is one-third of that. We are currently working to meet our obligation.

  • Tourism a result of regional effort

    On Oct. 1 you ran an article, “Regional tourism project gets $34,000 marketing grant.” In that same issue you published a Hotline call titled “Team Building” in which the caller criticized Grayson County for “riding on Carroll County’s coattails.”
    I could not disagree more with this caller and I’d like to set the record straight.
    This grant had three partners: Grayson County, Carroll County and the Historic 1908 Courthouse Foundation (of which I am vice president).

  • Littrell has worked hard for county

    Citizens in Carroll County will have the opportunity to vote for their supervisor in the Pipers Gap District at the upcoming election.
    I encourage everyone to exercise the freedom to vote. My support is for Tom Littrell.
    He has been a part of this board and has made significant growth for our county. He has showed leadership and also worked with other county and state employees to further the goals for our county.
    We have always found him to be fair on all levels. Our son became an Eagle Scout under Doc’s leadership as his Scout Master.

  • McCraw endorsed for Pipers Gap seat

    Both Pipers Gap District candidates for supervisor are active in the community and in their churches, and both have prioritized economic development and job creation.
    They differ greatly, however, in the way they believe that the business of the county should be conducted.
    Robbie McCraw has campaigned on the promise of a more open and transparent government, with greater citizen communication and involvement.