• Sanders would bring back majority rule

    For 225 years, “majority rule” was a bedrock principle of our republic.
    In 2014, our Republican senators in Congress, through unprecedented use of the filibuster, ended “majority rule” and paralyzed our Republic! In doing so our Republicans blocked the will of “we the people.” That was revolutionary!
    Majorities of Democrat, independent and Republican voters wanted the following ideas or bills to become law:
    1: 73 percent of us wanted equal pay for equal work.
    2. 87 percent called for immigration reform.

  • Trump has no self-control

    The main reason given in support of Donald Trump, at least by those I’ve talked to, is that he’s strong and angry enough to do the things that need done.
    We certainly need a strong president, but does Trump really fit that description?
    Trump certainly isn’t afraid to say hard and often inflammatory things about those on both sides of the political spectrum. He is obviously very angry. The question is, does anger equal strength?
    Think about what happens when people get angry. Things get broken —possessions, people and relationships.

  • Buzzard bill raises questions for reader

    After reading the front page article about “bothersome buzzards” and [Sen. Bill] Carrico’s bill to allow shooting the black vulture, I did some research that confirmed this species is different than the turkey vulture (AKA turkey buzzard) in more than physical appearance.

  • Community brightened Christmas for residents

    The residents and staff of Golden Living Center-Blue Ridge would like to thank friends in the Twin Counties who helped make the Christmas season a little brighter.
    Numerous churches, schools, volunteers, Girl Scouts and family members all donated time and talents.
    Beautiful gift boxes were donated so that each resident would receive a present on Christmas day delivered by Santa himself.
    Several local churches provided musical talents throughout the month to ensure that everyone had a merry Christmas.

  • Griffith chooses CEOs over senior citizens

    In mid-December the telephone rang and I found myself patched into a phone town hall conducted by Rep. Morgan Griffith.
    Many of the callers were living on an economic precipice, struggling to get by on Social Security, veterans’ benefits, or other form of assistance.
    They wanted to convey to the congressman the difficulties they were experiencing and in some cases, solicit his help. Social Security is not giving beneficiaries a cost of living increase (COLA) in 2016, and this was a concern.

  • America was ours for a little while

    America was our home to care for, to have pride in for our accomplishments, and our hopes and dreams for our children and grandchildren; and we do nothing as these politicians give it all away to illegals and the terrorists.
    We Americans lost our leadership, and now our society is adrift.
    Our children and grandchildren will be the dying end to this American society.
    The new world order has begun. We Americans are to be left out with no purpose, no voice, and no place.
    Bud Cox

  • Lost purse returned, faith in people restored

    To the woman who found my purse recently in a grocery cart at Walmart, I don’t know you, but I thank you so very much for taking it to the store.
    I’m glad there are some good, honest people still in this world.
    Thank you, Thank you.
    Lydia Phillips


  • Sanders wants to protect Social Security

    I’m increasingly alarmed at comments from presidential candidates in both parties regarding Social Security, which is important to older Americans like me. After researching this, there’s only one candidate, Bernie Sanders (Senator, Vermont) who has a proven record throughout his career in the US House and Senate of steadfastly supporting this vital program. Bernie realizes more than half of all workers aged 55 to 64 have no retirement savings, and more than a third of those over 65 count on Social Security for most or all of their income.

  • Hateful acts committed under multiple flags

    During the Civil War, the army of the United States Federal government raped black and white women as they burned and pillaged their way through the south, lynching some who got in their way.
    I’m writing to explain the heart and soul of the Southern heritage the Confederate flag represents.
    Recently, a Confederate cemetery was vandalized by disrespectful, disgusting people that are a prime example of what our heritage has taught us not to be.

  • Make a resolution to stop eating meat

    Once again, it’s time for New Year’s resolutions, particularly those to improve our diet and exercise routine.
    Although gun violence and traffic accidents remain the leading causes of death among young people, the most dangerous weapon for the rest of us is still our fork.
    Well over a million of us are killed each year by high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, and other chronic diseases linked to our meat-based diet.