• Sanders wants to protect Social Security

    I’m increasingly alarmed at comments from presidential candidates in both parties regarding Social Security, which is important to older Americans like me. After researching this, there’s only one candidate, Bernie Sanders (Senator, Vermont) who has a proven record throughout his career in the US House and Senate of steadfastly supporting this vital program. Bernie realizes more than half of all workers aged 55 to 64 have no retirement savings, and more than a third of those over 65 count on Social Security for most or all of their income.

  • Hateful acts committed under multiple flags

    During the Civil War, the army of the United States Federal government raped black and white women as they burned and pillaged their way through the south, lynching some who got in their way.
    I’m writing to explain the heart and soul of the Southern heritage the Confederate flag represents.
    Recently, a Confederate cemetery was vandalized by disrespectful, disgusting people that are a prime example of what our heritage has taught us not to be.

  • Make a resolution to stop eating meat

    Once again, it’s time for New Year’s resolutions, particularly those to improve our diet and exercise routine.
    Although gun violence and traffic accidents remain the leading causes of death among young people, the most dangerous weapon for the rest of us is still our fork.
    Well over a million of us are killed each year by high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, and other chronic diseases linked to our meat-based diet.

  • Grayson VFW Post thanks bank, restaurant

    On behalf of Grayson VFW Post 7726, I thank the owner of Tony’s Italian Restaurant of Hillsville and executives of Grayson National Bank for their acts of kindness and expression of appreciation shown to our post honor guard.
    Having recently conducted military rites, we are humbled by your thanks for our service to this great nation and the service we perform at military funerals.
    It is our honor to have served and it makes us proud to know that there are so many citizens who support our efforts.
    Thank you for your support

  • Consider the heritage that flag honors

    Every time someone calls in to defend their right to fly the Confederate Battle Flag, they say they aren’t racists, they are just honoring their heritage.
    I would love someone to please explain what part of their “heritage” they think they are honoring.
    I can understand that they sincerely care about their ancestors as past family members, but what do you mean by honoring your “heritage?”

  • Rooftop thanks donors to Christmas Toy Shop

    On behalf of Rooftop of Virginia CAP, we thank the following organizations and individuals that donated to the Christmas Toy Shop project: Gladeville Ruritan, Grayson National Bank, First Community Bank, Family Dollar, Jeff Johnson Auto, Williams Chiropractic, and Adams Heath Engineering, The Gazette, Carroll News, Carroll County High School, United Commercial Travelers, Galax Social Services and many individuals in our community.
    With these donations this year, Rooftop was able to serve 245 children with new and used toys. Many thanks to all of you who donated generously!

  • Questioning county's office funding plan

    A Dec. 23 item in the Gazette (“Grayson sheriff’s office getting new home”) sounds like the Grayson County Supervisors are gambling with our tax money to get new headquarters for the sheriff.
    Their so-called “defeasance plan” to pay off the loan for this $665,000 facility depends on “making an insured, high-yield and qualified investment deposit that will return an interest dividend sufficient to offset the loan payment.”
    OK, that sounds fine — if their investment pays off.

  • Refugee refusal against Christian principles

    It is saddening and disappointing that the local and state political leaders are planning to bar women and children of Syria from a safe refuge in Virginia due to a fear of terrorists.
    The Law of Life is that what you fear you attract into your life.
    This stance is contrary to the great American spirit of love and compassion for all life.  This stance is contrary to the Christian teachings, which say to love your neighbor as yourself.
    How can such a stance come from the state that is the birthplace of human rights and equality?

  • Student put down for being from poor family

    I am a resident of Grayson County. I have three grandchildren in the school system.
    My grandson has a little girlfriend. He purchased some artificial flowers as a gift for her. He picked them out on his own. He was proud of himself.
    Well, the little girl was tickled with the flowers. A teacher made a comment to the little girl that the reason for the artificial flowers was because he came from a poor family.
    Teachers are to teach not to judge children. I think that my grandson is being very thoughtful. Teachers need to teach instead of putting children down.

  • Want to feel good? Stop littering

    Do you want to feel good about yourself?
    Stop littering. Respect your planet. Respect yourself.
    Stop littering. Virginia has a problem. Help fix it, stop littering. Want to help? Call (276) 601-7576.
    Terry J. Weidner