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Today's Opinions

  • Clearing up the First Amendment

    There is often confusion about what the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution actually protects.

    Among other protections, it prohibits the government from making laws that infringe on freedom of speech or freedom of the press. The government can’t tell you what to say or not say, nor can it tell a newspaper what to publish.

    However, this does not apply to a private company or group, nor to an online forum or a reader comments section. It only applies if the government is doing the prohibiting.

  • Coyote killing program a waste of money

    Editor’s note: This week’s guest editorial is by Kathy Dowell of Galax, who has been an outspoken critic of Grayson County’s coyote bounty program, and a “killing contest” that rewards the hunter who turns in the most dead coyotes. After the program recently ran out of its first $5,000 allocation, county supervisors put $5,000 more into it. With that money gone now, too, one supervisor has donated his own money to the fund and the county is asking citizens to donate prize money, too.

  • Mexico taking over American schools

    Our entire education and school system has been turned upside down.
    Why is there this drop of enrollment in our schools of American children?
    The short and true answer is these politicians and Mexico.
    Our schoolyards all across our country are turning Mexican.
    All that is going against our American society and a future for our children and their survival in schools are just one more tragedy.

  • Teachers often assign too much homework

    Hello, my name is John Quincy Fichtel, and I am a Boy Scout in Troop 810 in Woodlawn.
    I am completing my Citizenship in the Community merit badge and I am supposed to write the editor of a local newspaper to express my opinion in regards to a topic important to the community.
    I feel as though teachers should not overload kids with so much homework and schoolwork.

  • Help honor memory of Independence library cat

    The Wythe-Grayson library in Independence lost a real treasure just before Christmas.  Purrl the library cat, a most well-known and well-loved feline,  passed away Dec. 23, 2014.  Purrl was adopted by the library in April 2004.
    Many library visitors and regulars donated monies throughout the years to pay for the feline’s needs — food, litter, vets care etc.  Thanks go out to all who gave to Purrl’s care, especially the library staff for their day-to-day care and love also Twin Oaks Veterinary Clinic for her healthcare needs.

  • Church is having positive impact on community

    I want to express a long overdue “thank you” to Sky View Missionary Baptist Church, its pastor Wendell Horton and dedicated members.
    My children attend Wednesday evening “kid services.” I can see the difference the church has made for these nine-year-old girls.
    Although my husband James and I did not attend regular services, Pastor Horton provided so much support and comfort during my husband’s illness and death that words cannot express my gratitude.

  • Facebook forum infringes on freedom of speech

    The First Amendment is one of the first things we learn in history classes. It’s one of the things that allows us to freely and openly express our preference in religion, to speak our minds and allow us to make a change where change is due. Recently, I’ve noticed that a local Facebook group has been prohibiting many people in this area from doing such a thing.

  • Meat industry has been playing us for fools

    With April Fools’ Day just around the corner, it appears that the meat, egg, and dairy industries have been playing us for fools all year-round.
    Their more remarkable hoaxes include “California’s happy cows,” “free-range chickens,” “humane slaughter.” All lies.
    Less fun is the stuff they never talk about. Like the hundreds of millions of chickens crammed seven into a cage designed for one, unable to move or spread their wings.