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Letters

  • 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.”

  • GCHS principal has community's support

    I write this letter to express support for Brandi Ray, principal at Grayson County High School.
    I have watched Ray for the past few years and have been pleased with her poise, professionalism and her support for every aspect of Grayson County. She has been a positive addition to the administrative staff, and to lose her would be a tragedy.

  • Mexico taking over American schools

    Our entire education and school system has been turned upside down.
    Why is there this drop of enrollment in our schools of American children?
    The short and true answer is these politicians and Mexico.
    Our schoolyards all across our country are turning Mexican.
    All that is going against our American society and a future for our children and their survival in schools are just one more tragedy.

  • Teachers often assign too much homework

    Hello, my name is John Quincy Fichtel, and I am a Boy Scout in Troop 810 in Woodlawn.
    I am completing my Citizenship in the Community merit badge and I am supposed to write the editor of a local newspaper to express my opinion in regards to a topic important to the community.
    I feel as though teachers should not overload kids with so much homework and schoolwork.

  • Help honor memory of Independence library cat

    The Wythe-Grayson library in Independence lost a real treasure just before Christmas.  Purrl the library cat, a most well-known and well-loved feline,  passed away Dec. 23, 2014.  Purrl was adopted by the library in April 2004.
    Many library visitors and regulars donated monies throughout the years to pay for the feline’s needs — food, litter, vets care etc.  Thanks go out to all who gave to Purrl’s care, especially the library staff for their day-to-day care and love also Twin Oaks Veterinary Clinic for her healthcare needs.

  • 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.