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Today's Opinions

  • Help available for bipolar disorder

    If the following was told to the people of the Twin Counties: "Raise your hand if you've been diagnosed with bipolar disorder," how many people would be honest enough to raise their hand?
    Who should raise their hand but have no idea or are in denial about their mental instability?
    It's time for the cycle to stop.
    The mental roller coaster of extreme highs and lows that are being hidden by alcohol abuse, drug abuse, domestic violence and poverty needs to come to a final end.

  • Get involved in tax protest

    Like many others, I haven't been exactly front and center at the Grayson County Board of Supervisors’ meetings.
    When there's a big issue, we pack the board room, sign up to speak and wait hours to ask questions that they decline to answer.
    They know we will melt away as the heat dies down. But at the Nov. 30 tax protest meeting, we were standing-room only at the 1908 Courthouse, and I never before saw such a big mix of people — old-timers, farmers, move-ins and move-backs, old and young, some well-to-do and others barely getting by.

  • Join club in its Christmas mission

    Amazingly, Christmas is quickly approaching!  This year the Y’s Men have increased their goal for reaching out to our community with 550 food boxes.
    Many individuals and families in our community are experiencing situations which make their holiday less than “merry”.
    I join the Y’s Men in their campaign to reach their monetary goal for the Christmas boxes which mean so much too so many! Won’t you join me?

  • Reunion brought 'family' together

    I attended the Maggie May Christmas show and NightRide reunion on Nov. 6.
    What a fabulous show and to meet fellow Night Ride extended family in person after hearing them on the air or Internet. I saw so much love and respect for Bruce and Linda Hodges.
    Night Ride aired on the Internet again Nov. 23.

    Gerry Ulrich
    Pittsfield, Mass.

  • Grayson has a lot we don't need

    Grayson County has lots of needs. We also have lots we don't need, in the form of expenses for the taxpayers. Here are just a few.
    • Doubling of real estate taxes to pay for a new multi-million dollar school. We already had good school buildings, better than a lot of kids live in.
    • Borrowing money to pay interest on borrowed money with the result of putting the new school in hock to some financier off in another state somewhere.
    • A school superintendent with a salary that would choke a hay-baler.

  • Where do Virginia Lottery profits go?

    As a concerned citizen, I am not seeing where the money is going.
    The Virginia Lottery money is supposed to be going for the schools and roads. Well, I don’t see it.
    Grayson County schools did have a create program for certain schools. Well, they had to cut that program out.  
    That helped my daughter out with her homework. Since they cut that out, she has all of this homework to do.
    Not only that, but they reduced some school lunches. They are not getting nearly as much as they did before.

  • Zoning protects property values

    It boggles my mind every time I read a news article in which citizens state that zoning makes them give up control of their land. This simply illustrates the ignorance that exists in our county.
    Zoning protects the value of your property.
    I own about 10 acres on the edge of town and I really don't wish to have a concrete plant or a chicken processing plant move in right beside me. My property values would go to zilch in a hurry.
    The thing that people are forgetting is that they are in control of what the zoning ordinances control.

  • Churches, healthcare workers thanked

    I would like to thank all the churches for the food and helping to serve emergency room doctors and nurses. You were wonderful.
    Southwest Virginia Home Health Care, the women and nurses were great.
    Thanks to Dr. Lazo for all your help, and to all who helped at the benefit and for the many cards, flowers and special prayers.

    Cleo Dowling
    Fries