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Letters

  • 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
  • A clean fight earns respect

    It used to make me feel better to bad-mouth some politician and go on my merry way, but Anthony Flaccavento makes me think twice. He’s running against Morgan Griffith for Ninth District Congress, and I have yet to hear an ugly word from this man about his opponent.
    I do hear plenty from Flaccavento about stagnant wages and runaway debt, about working together and helping each other right where we actually live, regardless of our politics.

  • Reader wants best choice for Grayson County

    Many in this community know me as a hard-working and open minded person. Through the 32 years I have called Grayson County home, I have from time to time supported different people running for political office…regardless of party affiliation. My golden rule for this support is two-fold: pick the person based on their qualifications and ideas that would better serve everyone and not just a few; and confidence in their commitment to follow through with action and access.

  • Our declining Ninth District rural areas

    The rural areas of the Ninth District have been neglected for too long. Our Main Streets are lined with empty stores. Two hospitals have closed their doors. Families are leaving in droves to seek employment elsewhere. Teachers are underpaid, and several schools are in need of repairs. Our bridges and culverts are deemed to be the worst in Virginia. Broadband still isn’t available in many areas. Our power grid is outdated. And many of our communities are beginning to look like ghost towns.