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Letters

  • Sheriff has made roads safer

    Since he was elected in 2007, Sheriff Richard Vaughan has dedicated himself to doing what is right, without cutting corners for political reasons.
    One situation he has improved is the safety of our highways. Grayson County’s fatality rate from automobile crashes was one of the highest in the state before he took office.
    Our sheriff began a traffic safety program, and as a result, the number of crashes and fatalities has drastically dropped.

  • Sheriff's hiring practices questioned

    When I announced my candidacy for sheriff, I outlined my plans for hiring employees of the sheriff’s office.
    Grayson County is 443 square miles, which makes it important for deputies to be available to respond quickly in an emergency.
    At times there may only be two or three deputies on patrol to cover 443 square miles, therefore off-duty deputies may be called upon to respond from their home, hence the purpose of deputies driving county-owned vehicles to their residence.

  • Sheriff deserves voters' support

    Four years ago, a new day dawned in Grayson County law enforcement annals. Richard Vaughan, an independent candidate, was elected sheriff.
    Vaughan, who is trained in police science and administration, has years of quality related work experience.
    In 2007, he covered Grayson, holding community meetings, to explain his platform. Citizens were impressed with Richard’s sincerity, devotion to law enforcement as his “calling” and with the skills and qualifications he could offer for our county’s most visible and important job.

  • Finding editorial enlightenment

    Being born and raised in Grayson County, but away for the past 30 years, I am scheduled to return shortly to retirement.
    Thanks to the enlightenment in a recent guest editorial, I am able to draw factual conclusions concerning Laura George’s proposal to build the Oracle Institute in Grayson County.
    It is difficult to perceive the opposition she received from evangelistic groups.

  • Vote to keep Littrell on Carroll board

    As an assistant scoutmaster with Troop 188, I have known Tom Littrell for nearly four years where Tom is the scoutmaster.
    While I do not always agree with him, he is a great example of the Scout Law. He is trustworthy and always attempts to do the right thing as he understands it.
    If you want a trustworthy and unselfish supervisor, vote to keep Tom in office.
    Charles E. Rand
    Galax

     

  • Congratulations to Twin County Regional

    Congratulations to Twin County Regional Hospital [for being named a top U.S. hospital by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals].
    I have always told everyone I meet that we have the best hospital. I know, because I have been a patient and my late husband was a patient many times.
    We both received the best attention from everyone.
    Jane Newman
    Fries

  • Safety was never compromised

    This is in response to a recent letter concerning the school resource officer program at Grayson County High School and CATE Center. The letter implied the safety of our campus has been compromised.
    While I am a Grayson County school administrator, this letter represents my own beliefs and opinions and in no way is intended to represent the school system or its employees.
    As an administrator on the GCHS campus, I feel that we have a solid working relationship with all local law enforcement agencies, particularly with Sheriff Vaughan and the sheriff’s office.

  • Congratulations to TCRH on ranking

    The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals, a well-respected non-profit monitor of quality in health-care facilities, has published a list of the 405 best hospitals in the U.S., based on scores it gives from exhaustive inspections of these facilities, their practices and their outcomes.
    I was thrilled to see Twin County Regional Hospital on this list! We can be very proud of our local facility.

  • Statements about Grayson sheriff are unfair

    Recent critical statements made about Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan are entirely unfair.
    Contrary to these statements, Sheriff Vaughan has been extremely proactive in identifying and eliminating criminal behavior in our community.
    Shortly after being elected to office he was required to address the three Hammer murders, and did so admirably.
    Sheriff Vaughan is consistently in touch with the community, listens to our concerns and solves any kind of problem with which we are confronted.

  • Corporations control our lives

    Several people have asked me why I am no longer working at [a local retailer].
    The truth of the matter is that I was fired because a customer complained about the content of my Facebook page.
    I would like to offer this bit of advice: folks, be careful what you say and do in your personal life.
    Because it seems that now, not only can corporations work you part-time with low wages and minimal benefits, but they can also control your life even when you are not working. Scary, isn’t it?
    Roger D. Barr
    Fancy Gap