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Letters

  • Trail rider repents for upsetting forest

    This is repentance of a trail rider, written in response to local Forest Service superintendent statements that trail riders are “impacting wildlife habitat and viewing” and scaring forest animals.
    It has been brought to my attention the physiological harm I have been contributing to by riding my mule in our national forest.

  • Carroll supports agriculture

    Recent actions by the Carroll County Board of Supervisors demonstrate support for the industry of agriculture in Carroll County.
    The budget will eliminate taxation on farm machinery. The real estate tax levy will be reduced by 2 cents per $100. Both actions help create an environment where agriculture can flourish.

  • Forest service needs to allow access to land

    Hopefully, by now people know about the forest service’s  proposed East End Trail realignment from Virginia 16 to the New River.
    There may be more coming to the west and middle of the Mount Rogers Recreation Area.
    Please come to the May 30 meeting at Wytheville Community College, Galax Hall, from 9 a.m. to noon.
    We need to show the forest service that historically used trails that the people want are kept in the system. Then, because the forest service is proposing “field trips,” we can show them these trails.

  • Remembering my hometown

    A town where I was born. A place I was raised. A place where we should know without any doubt we would be able to raise our children and know that they would have a life.
    But there is no longer any guarantee of even a tomorrow for our children. It is plainly in front of us that with each passing day that the chances lessen.
    I think about what America once was and stood for and the strength and pride our government and the American people once had and the respect most other countries had for America (but no more).

  • Looking at the state of the world

    Sex, lies and videotape. What difference does it make?

    It depends which way the political winds are blowing.

    The powers that be seem to take the public for granted, that people don’t care, or are too stupid to know and look the other way. Don’t rock the boat. You cannot rock it is it is sinking.

    To add drama to this, the 2016 presidential campaign and who wants it.

    There are race conflicts, abused authority causing infighting and death. Veterans still getting the shaft. Military funding lowest in years.

  • School board should stand up for what's right

    As Concerned Citizens for Better Schools, we understand the school budget has challenges that lie ahead.
    We understand that mismanagement and poor decisions have placed the school division in the current budget predicament.
    We understand that the community has lost confidence in leadership in the Grayson County Public Schools central office.  We understand that new leadership is necessary, and must happen immediately.

  • Why can't they make a good cup of coffee?

    This one is for all those out there who make America’s coffee every morning.

    Question. When are you going to learn how to do it right?

    Coffee drinkers would love it if you would just learn the simple basics of delivering a good cup of coffee.

    Tell me, would you drink Pepsi (or whatever you drink), if every bottle tasted different? Or if three out of five bottles were not fit to drink and you had to pour it out?

  • Citizens' group wants accountability for schools

     Who is Grayson Citizens for Better Schools?
    The organization is more than 1,000 strong, and wants accountability in our school division.
    We are students, past and present! We are parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbors, lawyers, construction workers, farmers, mechanics and business owners.
    We are teachers, coaches, cafeteria workers, bus drivers, maintenance workers, custodians, secretaries, nurses, school resource officers and other staff and faculty.

  • Photo from protest gave wrong impression

    I would like to express concern over a picture of myself which was recently published on the front page of The Declaration.
    This picture was taken at my workplace, where a demonstration was taking place. At the moment the picture was taken I happened to be in the doorway, and it would appear as though I might be part of the group who had posted signs outside our office demanding a change in leadership.
    I am very disappointed that this picture was printed, and in fact, had asked the photographer to not submit it since it was misleading and misrepresented my beliefs.

  • Christians should set example through action

    As Christians, we have had it too easy, too blessed. We sit back on our comfortable pews and say “God won’t let that happen,” but 50 years later what was a sin is now a lifestyle.

    Abortion has killed millions and people are hungry, homeless and jobless. My heart breaks.

    2 Chronicles 7:14 says: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from Heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land.”