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Today's Opinions

  • Closing Baywood a tough decision, but necessary

    Much debate surrounds the Grayson County School Board’s recent decision to close Baywood Elementary.

    The matter passed with a 3-2 vote on June 18, weeks after the school board and Division Superintendent Kelly Wilmore explained that the decision was forced on them due to an anticipated $1 million shortfall in the upcoming school year.

  • Clarks thanked for community service

    Editor’s note: Susan Clark has retired as director of the Galax Department of Social Services; her husband, Rick Clark, has announced his retirement as Galax police chief later this year.

    One of the many things I have always admired about Susan Logan Clark and Rick Clark is their overwhelming commitment to serve others. Without consideration of personal consequence on their time or other priorities, they always show up with self-effacing grace, lessen others’ loads and do the right thing.
    They were born contributors.

  • Road closing causes problems

    Note: The following letter is a response to a letter that appeared in the June 11 edition of The Gazette.
    I appreciated the Sturgills writing about the illegal closing of old public roads. As mentioned in the letter, I was threatened by one of the owners. They had posted a camera along the trail and had a picture of me on my horse. They got word to me that if I came again, they would report me to the sheriff for trespassing.

  • Volunteers needed for campaign

    Now that Anthony Flaccavento has been chosen in the recent primary by voters in Grayson, Independence, Carroll, Galax and all the other localities in our 9th Congressional District, to be a candidate on the November ballot, we need as many volunteers as possible to help get information out to voters.
    If you are interested in sending a working person from our region to be our real representative in Congress, and could spare a little time now and then as a volunteer, please email me at sjrflacisback@gmail.com.
    Scott Jackson-Ricketts
    Independence

  • Silence reveals moral bankruptcy

    Morgan Griffith’s latest newsletter is devoted to the opioid crisis. In it, he touts the bills that he has introduced and supported to deal with the crisis and how he has worked with Democrats to move these bills forward.
    I guess it is better late than never that our delinquent congressman is doing this, but I suspect this latest activity has a lot to do with the fact that he has a credible opponent, Anthony Flaccavento, in the next election, and he figures that he just better get something done for the Ninth District.  

  • Others should be allowed to disagree

    Since the school shooting in Florida and other schools, many people are calling for gun control.
    I agree that we need to have stricter control of guns, especially assault rifles. These are weapons of war.  Why are they so available to so many people?
    When looking at gun control we need to look back at history. The history of prohibition when whiskey and alcohol beverages were outlawed, crimes increased and many people became outlaws, living the outlaw life for the wealth that came with that illegal business.

  • Editorial: Fitness center deserved better outcome

    Last week the Galax School System and the Police Fitness organization received a nasty surprise: Lift Life Inc., the non-profit wing of professional fitness website Bodybuilding.com., said it is not going to fund its promised portion of the Curtis Bartlett Fitness Center.
    The center, intended as a tribute and legacy to the life, goals and memory of Carroll County Sheriff’s Deputy Curtis Bartlett, was to be a workout space for both student athletes and first responders at Galax High School. Bartlett died in the line of duty in March 2017.

  • Community needs access to road

    Our place is centered between Middle Fox and Grubb’s Chapel on the Old County Road. Maps dating back to the early 1900s show the road and home sites.
    Two property owners put up two locked gates on the center portion of the road to end through travel. One continues to demand that gate stay in place. Mr Hash, on Grubb’s Chapel says he was threatened when crossing. Another risked the right to a spring that feeds their home for using the road.
    Henry Reed has horses and a carriage he rides often. He was told he could no longer use the road.