• 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
  • We must respect life, or face spiritual consequences

    On a recent airing of the Glenn Beck radio program, a guest proposed that U.S. strategy against ISIS should include outright murder of ISIS family members — presumably women and children alike.

    Beck heartily concurred. Waterboarding and other means of torture were mentioned in a favorable light.

    Sadly, what these individuals fail to understand in their zeal is the very nature and purpose for mankind’s existence, as demonstrated by how we treat one another.

  • Vote for Trump to make Washington miserable

    I’m voting for Donald Trump. And here’s why.
    First, I despise his vulgar mouth. And how he acts right stupid when he is angry. And I could go on and on with his shortcomings.
    But I don’t despise him nearly as much as I do the Washington crowd. The Romneys, the McConnells, the Grahams, the Reids, the Obamas, the Clintons. The whole stinking bunch.

  • Our values demand respect for life

    Counselors sometimes suggest “intentional reflection” to sort out personal values.

    Just as good physical health brings quality to living, attitudes and viewpoints determine happiness. People seem to do more reflecting as their years add up.

    Certainly there are values that last. I like remembering a decisive moment 70 years ago that made Christianity the instructive standard by which I live.

  • Letter dedicated to victims of violence

    This letter is in dedication and memory of victims of violent crimes that continue to plague our society to no end.
    From the growing number of police officers killed in the line of duty, a 13-year-old killed for the thrill of it, children beaten and tortured to death, to families wiped out because of a black sheep member who lost their way in life.
    Not to forget domestic violence, where the numbers of victims are rising.
    Our nation seems to be numb to all of this. Politicians are AWOL. They are too busy fattening their own nest.

  • Sanders' proposals are realistic

    I urge citizens of Southwest Virginia to vote for Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary on March 1, no matter which party you normally support.
    Remember, you are free to vote in either the Republican or Democratic primary.
    Many people in our area support Donald Trump, but Trump, unlike Bernie, has not proposed any policies that would actually help citizens of Grayson County. Instead, his campaign is based on fear and hatred, values that Christians should reject.

  • Area's drug problem should be obvious

    It seems that drug dealing and drug use among our young people in this area is totally out of control.
    Law enforcement is too worried about someone going a few miles over the speed limit. I counted 15 methamphetamine cases in the paper the other day. Is it me or is something wrong with this picture?
    Our young people are getting hooked on drugs while they just keep pouring into the area.
    If I were a police officer, if I had to lay out in mud and rain to catch these parasites, I would.