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Columns

  • A response to Rep. Griffith on Iran deal

    By Nancy Liebrecht, Galax

    On Aug. 10, I received Congressman Morgan Griffith’s newsletter, in which he cited his reasons for opposing the nuclear deal with Iran. Since Mr. Griffith is a conservative Republican, I was not surprised by his opposition, but I am still appalled by it and by the shallow and deceptive reasons that he gives for his position.

  • New efforts on expanding Virginia's economy

    The coordinated, bipartisan rollout of a sweeping new effort to reshape and strengthen Virginia’s economy offered a good opportunity to acknowledge the commonwealth’s potential.

    Few states possess the kind of resources and assets of Virginia: a busy and profitable port, the world’s largest naval station, excellent universities and colleges, a highly rated public school system.

  • Strengthen open government laws

    In Virginia, if you want to know what the State Police found investigating the worst mass murder in U.S. history, or what the consultants Hampton taxpayers hired to look into a proposed aquatics center found, or what Newport News council members had to say about the city manager's performance last year, you're out of luck.

    If you were a parent up in Staunton wondering about the financial management that allowed a school bookkeeper to embezzle thousands from an account holding student-raised funds for extracurricular activities, too bad.

  • Allow cut teachers to reapply for jobs

    It’s no secret in today’s society that lack of employment continues to be a nagging source of stress for families, especially in small communities like ours. Job scarcity is especially difficult for families in this area, many of whom make the difficult choice to relocate away from their families and friends just for the opportunity to gain employment.

  • Common sense is the best safety measure

    Interstate 77 has proven to be an asset to Carroll County and surrounding communities by bringing tourists and potential residents by the thousands.

    With the high level of traffic comes a more immediate responsibility to impose and enforce traffic safety measures.

  • A Patriot's Story

    By Lee Houston, Galax

    On July 4, 1826, on the 50th anniversary of our nation declaring its independence, patriots Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died.

    They were the last signers of the Declaration of Independence to pass. I thought that it was no accident that God would call patriots home on the Fourth of July. At 7:30 p.m. on July 4, 2015, God called home Joe Bill Edwards, a farm boy from Grayson County. He, too, was a patriot.

  • We can't erase our history

    Amid the debate about the Confederate flag flying over state and public buildings in the South, some have called for Confederate monuments to come down, too. However, those statues and obelisks — like those that stand on historic courthouse lawns in Hillsville and Independence — are more than simple monuments to generals or soldiers. They’re part of Virginia’s complicated history and should be preserved. This editorial first appeared in The Virginian-Pilot newspaper.

  • School, county leaders move past recent strife

    The past several months have been anything but easy for Grayson County Schools, but in recent weeks we have finally started to see some relief in terms of budget solutions.

  • Teacher cuts hurting students

    Dear Grayson County School Board, I am 16 and my best friend is a teacher.

    I met her when I was in seventh grade at Piney Creek Elementary School in Alleghany County, N.C. We are two extremely different people, but there is something in her that turns on lights when my dark is too deep to see any further ahead.

    I was scorekeeper for her as she coached the girls basketball team. While on the team activity bus, other girls sat with their friends, but I sat in the front seat, next to her.

  • Litter is more than just an eyesore

    The community celebrated Earth Day this year through a countywide effort to tidy up cluttered roadsides, and the fruits of that labor were definitely hard to miss. According to the paperwork filed for this year’s roadside project in Carroll County, more than 300 citizens collected more than 1,300 bags of trash, and numerous large items including tires and furniture during the months of April and May.