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Letters

  • Research shows truth of climate change

    Most scientists, myself included, accept that man-made climate change is happening.
    We have seen the evidence as a result of our work in our various disciplines. The world is getting warmer no matter what any individual chooses to believe. The only responsible choices that we have are: Can we minimize the effects and can we prepare for the already irreversible consequences. If we decide to be irresponsible and ignore the scientific evidence, our lives will be much harder than if we address the issues now.

  • Thoughts from a non-partisan voter

    Vote country not party. Parties can divide. Americans strive to unite.
    See beyond the nose, not just right or left.
    The truth isn’t always politically correct.
    All lives, everywhere, matter.
    Common sense is an intrinsic part of intellect.
    Respect the law. Protest bad policy.
    A “healthy” fear of terrorism is not bigotry.
    Evaluate public’s needs vs “wants.”
    More encouragement of education and initiative vs. automatically increasing entitlements.

  • Tobacco Commission needs public input

    The Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission was created by the Virginia General Assembly in 1999 as a mechanism to manage proceeds awarded to the state from the national tobacco settlement.
    The commission has awarded nearly 2,000 grants totaling more than $1 billion to promote education and workforce development opportunities and stimulate economic growth across the tobacco region of Virginia.

  • Why did governor veto virtual public school bill?

    Gov. McAuliffe vetoed House Bill 8, which would have created a statewide full-time virtual public school with grades K-12.
    Right now in Virginia we have the Virginia Virtual Academy, which my family is enrolled in. However, the current school is only grades K-7 and has 500 students  statewide.
    Virtual education has worked for my family and as a parent I wanted my student enrolled in this program because it offered the best learning environment.

  • Wayne Kilby of Whitetop remembered

    We buried Wayne Kilby on April 13 in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.
    He came from Whitetop, and we got to know each other after I moved back to these mountains in 2003.
    Wayne looked tough and behaved gently. He wore a head rag and leather vest and serious boots, and he sold his motorcycle with great regret.
    He did a full tour of duty in Vietnam, but he never talked about it. He could be stern when he needed to, but I never saw him be mean to anybody.

  • People to blame for aggressive pit bulls

    While the mauling death of a child is unquestioningly tragic, the frenzy to lay the blame on a specific breed of  dog becomes a political agenda more than an act of justice sought.
    Politicians and mainstream media become more focused on the dog as the source of evil, much in the same way as the debate over guns when shooting tragedies occur.
    Pit bulls as a breed are very loving in nature, eager to please and easy to train. Historically this has made the breed a ready choice for “aggressive” tasks.

  • Dig deeper into facts on politics, economy

    Readers have commented on the recent wave of letters by the same writers. Those of us writing about topics we consider important care about our neighbors and this incredible area, my home since the early 1970s.
    To the caller about one person writing so many letters “complaining about everything that is wrong with this country and our society,” I suggest that that person is proposing constructive solutions that would help citizens of Grayson and Carroll more than the expressions of anger and misinformation that often appear in the anonymous Hotline.

  • Take break from news, feed your brain
  • We must respect life, or face spiritual consequences

    On a recent airing of the Glenn Beck radio program, a guest proposed that U.S. strategy against ISIS should include outright murder of ISIS family members — presumably women and children alike.

    Beck heartily concurred. Waterboarding and other means of torture were mentioned in a favorable light.

    Sadly, what these individuals fail to understand in their zeal is the very nature and purpose for mankind’s existence, as demonstrated by how we treat one another.

  • Vote for Trump to make Washington miserable

    I’m voting for Donald Trump. And here’s why.
    First, I despise his vulgar mouth. And how he acts right stupid when he is angry. And I could go on and on with his shortcomings.
    But I don’t despise him nearly as much as I do the Washington crowd. The Romneys, the McConnells, the Grahams, the Reids, the Obamas, the Clintons. The whole stinking bunch.