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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.

  • Trail rider repents for upsetting forest

    This is repentance of a trail rider, written in response to local Forest Service superintendent statements that trail riders are “impacting wildlife habitat and viewing” and scaring forest animals.
    It has been brought to my attention the physiological harm I have been contributing to by riding my mule in our national forest.

  • Carroll supports agriculture

    Recent actions by the Carroll County Board of Supervisors demonstrate support for the industry of agriculture in Carroll County.
    The budget will eliminate taxation on farm machinery. The real estate tax levy will be reduced by 2 cents per $100. Both actions help create an environment where agriculture can flourish.

  • Forest service needs to allow access to land

    Hopefully, by now people know about the forest service’s  proposed East End Trail realignment from Virginia 16 to the New River.
    There may be more coming to the west and middle of the Mount Rogers Recreation Area.
    Please come to the May 30 meeting at Wytheville Community College, Galax Hall, from 9 a.m. to noon.
    We need to show the forest service that historically used trails that the people want are kept in the system. Then, because the forest service is proposing “field trips,” we can show them these trails.

  • Remembering my hometown

    A town where I was born. A place I was raised. A place where we should know without any doubt we would be able to raise our children and know that they would have a life.
    But there is no longer any guarantee of even a tomorrow for our children. It is plainly in front of us that with each passing day that the chances lessen.
    I think about what America once was and stood for and the strength and pride our government and the American people once had and the respect most other countries had for America (but no more).

  • Looking at the state of the world

    Sex, lies and videotape. What difference does it make?

    It depends which way the political winds are blowing.

    The powers that be seem to take the public for granted, that people don’t care, or are too stupid to know and look the other way. Don’t rock the boat. You cannot rock it is it is sinking.

    To add drama to this, the 2016 presidential campaign and who wants it.

    There are race conflicts, abused authority causing infighting and death. Veterans still getting the shaft. Military funding lowest in years.

  • 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.