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Today's Opinions

  • Grayson is committed to education

    The Grayson County Board of Supervisors feels it is important to communicate and inform citizens on important issues, and from time to time to provide relevant facts that impact or have potential to impact taxpayers of Grayson County.

    The board does not wish to perpetuate any back-and-forth regarding school funding, nor interject any opinion about fellow elected officials.

    We all serve an important role and the board has been, and will continue to be, a committed partner to education.

  • Letters to the Editor for 3/22/10

    Immigrants threaten democracy

    There is no need for anyone to see the Mexican border to be concerned about illegal immigration.

    It is enough to see that the Mexican consulate feels the need to set up office from time to time in Southwest Virginia, that there is any crime committed by illegals who simply return after deportation, and that our police have to concern themselves with Mexican gangs recruiting in our schools.

  • Letters to the Editor for 3/29/10

    U.S. 58 a road to nowhere

    Alaska has its "bridge to nowhere."

    Now Virginia has its "highway to nowhere."

    The $90 million budgetee'busting Hillsville bypass, from the widening of U.S. 58 to four lanes, continues merrily along while poor Richmond has a multiee'billion dollar shortfall.

    If you all think national healthcare reform, which is about to change America for the better, is an unwelcome monstrosity, then the Hillsville bypass makes the overhaul of healthcare look like a Girl Scout picnic.

  • Letters to the Editor for 4/5/10

    President's credibility questioned

    A question about Obama's credibility.

    He ran on a campaign of negotiating with world heads and not being a bully like Bush was accused of being. He ran as a “unifier” rather than a “divider” like Bush was accused of being.

  • Sound fiscal planning

    Budget cutting for Carroll County Public Schools may feel painful, but the hurt can't go nearly as deep as other divisions in the state and even in the Twin County area.

    It's probably not too much of a stretch to call Carroll schools a model of fiscal responsibility for anticipating from a long way off the budget crisis that has caught so many divisions off guard this year.

    The proposed 2010-2011 schools budget marks the third year Carroll administrators have decided not to hire new employees to fill positions that have recently become vacant.

  • Letters to the Editor for 03/15/10

    Education should be main priority

     

    I don't believe in calling the Readers’ Hotline, so I am writing to voice my opinion about some of the uninformed Hotline callers.

    I would like to comment on a March 8 blurb, titled "Money Doesn't Teach."  Since the caller doesn't seem to take much stock in education, I want to grade his/her work.

  • End the hysteria

    Obsessing about a far-off border can't be healthy or good for morale.

    Most critics of U.S. immigration policy from the Twin Counties probably have never laid eyes on, stood at or passed over the divide between our country and our neighbor to the south. They just know by anecdotal evidence that it's a somewhat porous place where not every foreign national follows all the bureaucratic procedures in order to cross and to enter "The Land of Opportunity."

  • Letters to the Editor for 03/08/10

    Award recognizes excellence

     

    Congratulations to the Galax City Public School System for receiving the 2010 Virginia Board of Education Competence to Excellence Award!

    This is a significant accomplishment that our school system has received, recognizing two consecutive years of achieving state and federal benchmarks in education.

    Having served on the Galax City School Board for two terms, I have seen firsthand the hard work and dedication that the administration and faculty bring to work every day.