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Letters

  • Wickedness will bring God's wrath on America

    I love America. And I don’t say that nonchalantly.

    America is truly the greatest nation on earth. Because (so far), we have the freedoms and opportunities that other nations only dream of.

    The Christian religion is what made America great. It wasn’t lying politicians and God haters (nor Islam), that get all the media attention today.

    Our nation began with leaders who had high moral standards, which today, are few and far between. And thus, God blessed it to become what it is.

  • LandCare group helps small farmers thrive

    Kudos to D.T. Clark for her excellent article on local small-scale farmers and the issues they face. It is clear that farmers are passionate about what they do and value working close to nature. It is also true that it is very hard to make a profit; the majority of small farmers have second jobs that provide necessary income for what they sometimes refer to as their “hobby.”
    Some may think of this work as a throwback to an earlier time, simply hanging on to tradition. But they couldn’t be more wrong.

  • Reader shares Mothers Day poem

    She watches us grow from a little sprout.
    Our banged up knees and when we pout.
    Mother is there to help us out.
    As we grow up and move out, it hurts
    Mother, there’s no doubt.
    And when we come home with our wounded pride.
    There is one who stands by our side,
    Mother!
    As her eyes grow dim with age and time.
    So many memories are left behind.
    Although her hair has turned gray
    She is still beautiful anyway, Mother.
    No matter what heart ache we have to bear
    Mother is always there

  • Replace animal foods with alternatives

    With the 47th annual observance of Earth Day having just occurred, this is a great time to explore more effective ways of slowing climate change and conserving earth’s natural resources for future generations.
    A 2010 United Nations report charged animal agriculture with 19 percent of man-made greenhouse gases— more than all transport — and recommended a global shift to a vegan diet.

  • 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