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Today's Opinions

  • Litter is more than just an eyesore

    The community celebrated Earth Day this year through a countywide effort to tidy up cluttered roadsides, and the fruits of that labor were definitely hard to miss. According to the paperwork filed for this year’s roadside project in Carroll County, more than 300 citizens collected more than 1,300 bags of trash, and numerous large items including tires and furniture during the months of April and May.

  • Work together to fix Grayson schools

    Earl Cherry Jr. of Elk Creek is a Grayson County native who is working toward a master’s degree in history and an M.Ed. in education curriculum and instruction at Virginia Tech. His goal is a career as a high school teacher and administrator. His family was voted Virginia Tech’s “Family of the Year” for 2015. Cherry adapted this letter from his remarks to the Grayson School Board April 16.

    It has come to my attention recently that Mrs. Brandi Ray’s job [as Grayson County High School principal] is in jeopardy.

  • School board should stand up for what's right

    As Concerned Citizens for Better Schools, we understand the school budget has challenges that lie ahead.
    We understand that mismanagement and poor decisions have placed the school division in the current budget predicament.
    We understand that the community has lost confidence in leadership in the Grayson County Public Schools central office.  We understand that new leadership is necessary, and must happen immediately.

  • Why can't they make a good cup of coffee?

    This one is for all those out there who make America’s coffee every morning.

    Question. When are you going to learn how to do it right?

    Coffee drinkers would love it if you would just learn the simple basics of delivering a good cup of coffee.

    Tell me, would you drink Pepsi (or whatever you drink), if every bottle tasted different? Or if three out of five bottles were not fit to drink and you had to pour it out?

  • 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.

  • Superintendent explains school budget situation

    Kevin Chalfant is superintendent of Grayson County schools

    As superintendent of Grayson County Public Schools, my focus is on providing the best possible education for our students.

  • 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.

  • School board should take county's offer

    You hear a lot this time of year about the stress students are being put through as they take state tests; about the anxiety and sleepless nights as they worry about their future.

    This year, in Grayson County, the teachers and staff are the ones concerned about their fates as the school system tries to find a way to balance a budget while faced with a funding shortfall.