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Letters

  • Supporter of Flaccavento is enthusiastic about the polls this year

    Who is Anthony Flaccavento?
    He is an Abingdon farmer and rural economic developer and he is a candidate to represent our Ninth District in Congress.
    I have been enthusiastic about Anthony’s accomplishments and dedication to community development in Southwest Virginia for the past 30 years. He is hard working and sincere in his efforts to find solutions and get results.

  • Our representative should be available (With Griffith reply)

    Heading home from a doctor’s appointment in Wytheville, I stopped by the Lakes to Florida grill on Highway 21. I got to talking with the man behind the counter while we waited for my onion rings to cook. 
    We talked about winter weather and hard times, and when I said I was grateful for Medicare, I got an earful. This man e-mailed Morgan Griffith every day for two solid months, trying to get some help. A member of his family had an urgent disability application and they were stuck in a bunch of red tape.

  • Don’t vote for status quo in town election

    I was disheartened to learn that only one person registered to run/challenge our current Independence Town Council members.
    Only Jessica Anders is running as a new person for a town council seat this spring. Three council members are running: E.F. Butch Reeves (mayor), Buddy Halsey and Jeffrey Miller. The election is May 1. I look forward to learning about Ms. Anders and her platform.
    Over the last six years, I have witnessed multiple complaints about town council and the town manager.

  • Market manager thanks departing town manager for impact

    Town elections are coming in May, and several seats on the Independence Town Council, including mayor, are up for election.
    Town Manager Jerry Hughes has announced his plans for retirement. As a regular attendee of council meetings, I’d like to take a moment to highlight some accomplishments and say thank you to all the members of the council and Mr. Hughes. 

  • Property owners are losing rights

    I would like to mention a loss of our basic rights of land ownership that is being deleted, slowly but surely.
    I am told that Virginia mandates that counties must have either zoning or a subdivision ordinance but I don’t think that it mandates this 38-page monstrosity of Carroll County’s.
    It appears to me that the intent and language of the ordinance is only concerned with development. There are reasons for land division other than development or housing.

  • Editor’s column: ‘Plan ahead, no matter what’

    Hello, everyone… I’m back from about a month-long and some change hiatus, with some new ideas and more importantly I guess, some new perspectives.
    Since the beginning of the new year, I have been in kind of a slump. Some personal things happened after Christmas, which, at the time, I thought was the worst thing that could ever happen. Then, something happened that showed me the true meaning of the phrase, “the worst thing”; and the fallout from that moment has, until now, left me much more than just uninspired. It left me numb.

  • A solution proposed for land ownership rights

    I would like to mention a loss of our basic rights of land ownership that is being deleted, slowly but surely.
    I am told that Virginia mandates that counties must have either zoning or a subdivision ordinance but I don’t think that it mandates this 38-page monstrosity of Carroll County’s.
    It appears to me that the intent and language of the ordinance is only concerned with development. There are reasons for land division other than development or housing.

  • We need to have faith in our leaders

    The US is definitely a faith-based country. We have unlimited faith in the power of the profit motive to make everything better! A major tenet is that business will always be more efficient than government at any task. For a couple of decades now, government services have been “contracted out” to private firms. In fact, a huge percentage of our tax dollars go to private companies, who are supposed to provide us with streamlined services.  

  • Reader’s choice for Ninth District
  • Infrastructure Pipe Dream