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Letters

  • Church is having positive impact on community

    I want to express a long overdue “thank you” to Sky View Missionary Baptist Church, its pastor Wendell Horton and dedicated members.
    My children attend Wednesday evening “kid services.” I can see the difference the church has made for these nine-year-old girls.
    Although my husband James and I did not attend regular services, Pastor Horton provided so much support and comfort during my husband’s illness and death that words cannot express my gratitude.

  • Facebook forum infringes on freedom of speech

    The First Amendment is one of the first things we learn in history classes. It’s one of the things that allows us to freely and openly express our preference in religion, to speak our minds and allow us to make a change where change is due. Recently, I’ve noticed that a local Facebook group has been prohibiting many people in this area from doing such a thing.

  • Meat industry has been playing us for fools

    With April Fools’ Day just around the corner, it appears that the meat, egg, and dairy industries have been playing us for fools all year-round.
    Their more remarkable hoaxes include “California’s happy cows,” “free-range chickens,” “humane slaughter.” All lies.
    Less fun is the stuff they never talk about. Like the hundreds of millions of chickens crammed seven into a cage designed for one, unable to move or spread their wings.

  • Delp family thanks community for help

    The Trenton Delp family would like to sincerely thank everyone for their heroic attempts at saving their children, first and foremost the first responders, firefighters, police and anyone else who offered to help that day.
    We sincerely appreciate it.
    Secondly, Twin County Regional Hospital staff — you are amazing and we will never forget your hard work in trying to save our babies. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to the doctors, nurses and staff who helped us that day. Words cannot express our heartfelt thanks.

  • Women, poor and minorities underrepresented

    “No taxation without representation” was our Founding Fathers’ protest cry.
    The British government refused to correct the injustices and the protests became more violent and destructive, culminating in our Revolutionary War.
    Fast forward to Ferguson, Mo. The population is predominantly African-American while the leadership is largely white; a distinct injustice which is undoubtedly the main underlying cause of the protests.

  • America just a memory because of immigrants

    Young Americans and babies of today will never have or know America, as this government continues turning away and severing ties of any sanity with our American society.
    When Castro emptied our his prisons and put some of the most evil, dangerous criminals in the world on boats and sent them in the direction of Florida — and this government sucked this evil in like a vacuum.
    Miami until then was a good decent place for Americans to live, to visit and to retire, but this evil changed all that forever.

  • Grayson voters ignore intelligent candidates

    A couple of things have gotten me confused lately.
    Like this thing with the schools. How’d they end up short on money?
    I recall a couple years back, shutting down schools and building a new one out in the country was going to fix that shortfall. Dragging kids out before dawn and bussing them all over the place made fiscal sense.
    So how come now there’s all this fussing over giving teachers a raise and docking students for not showing up?

  • More information needed on new industries

    I’ve been hearing a bunch of cloudy claptrap from our Grayson County supervisors about “job creation.” I have problems with their claim.
    The supervisors are not hiring or paying anybody.
    Recently they have been taking credit for decisions by three business firms which allegedly will locate in Grayson County (at undisclosed dates) and hire 300 people.

  • Employers should value their workers

    In light of recent low-wage earner strikes, there should be a book titled “How to Treat Employees for Dummies.”
    Highlights would read something like this.
    First, remember that employees are as vital to your business as the customer is. And that the employee stands “between” you and your customer.
    So the employee can make your customers happy, or they can make them very sad. And without your customers, you’re out of business. So it’s in your best interest to have “happy” employees. And how do you do that?

  • 'Smart' meters raise safety privacy concerns

    In an earlier letter, I encouraged readers to research the dangers of [AEP’s automated radio frequency meters]. There’s a wealth of scientific and medical research showing the meters to be unsafe. I recommend www.takebackyourpower.com, www.stopsmartmeters.org and www.tamers.biz.
    The World Health Organization classified these meters, along with other similar devices that produce non-ionizing radio frequency radiation, as a (possible) 2B carcinogen. This is the same category as DDT, leads and engine exhaust.