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Today's Opinions

  • Mental health funding still an issue in Virginia

    The legislative subcommittee examining Virginia’s mental health system registered a significant victory earlier this year when the General Assembly approved a bill expanding the mandated services provided by community services boards.

    It also has done well to address the systematic shortcomings illuminated by the 2015 death of a mentally ill inmate. As a result, jailhouse deaths will now be investigated by the Board of Corrections.

  • No relief for middle class in tax bill

    Trump may throw a few carrots in the tax reform to the middle class and we will accept, as this is all we demand.
    We have a liar as president and all the tax break does is enrich Trump and his family, who could care less how much the middle class and low income are hurting. Just look at the price we are paying for the Trumps to live in the White House and promote their investments.

  • Remember the elderly, lonely at Christmas

    No Christmas tree in this house,
    No wreath upon the door.
    The old man spends Christmas alone once more.
    Forgotten by his children,
    And by his neighbors he is ignored.
    They are too busy,
    They pass by his door.
    The old man spends Christmas alone once more.
    As he sits alone with tears streaming down his face,
    The forgetfulness of his children and neighbors,
    His memory cannot erase.
    With a peaceful look upon his face.
    Slowly his wipes away the tears.

  • Community can help 4-H for holidays

    What do you get for that person that has everything?
    Give the gift of life-changing experiences through your local 4-H program.
    Did you know if you give to Grayson County 4-H, 100 percent of this money goes directly to the local kids in Grayson County?
    Your money is not paying for a salary, someone’s office space or for company lunches. One hundred percent of your donation supports 4-H programming in Grayson County schools, provides scholarships to summer camp and provides education access to those that may have otherwise been limited financially.

  • One night before Christmas...

    Editor’s note: Andy Johnson, age 8, of Galax wrote us this letter, his retelling of “Twas The Night Before Christmas.”
    One night before Christmas, they was all snug in their beds as candy canes danced in their heads.
    The children were dreaming about Santa and his elfs in his sleigh, riding all around the world as they was delivering presents to every good girl and boy.
    But, they heard a noise. It sounded like reindeer prancing on the rooftop.

  • Our brave new world
  • The best resource to combat ‘fake news’

    You hardly know who to believe these days, when actual events can be very strange and comedians can imitate politicians so well you have to ask, “It that him, or someone pretending to be him?”

    There always seem to be experts who disagree on a given topic, and often, there’s no telling just how authentic an “expert” is.

  • 9th District needs better representation

    As I drive by the Crossroads Institute, with a parking lot full of cars or when I visit the Blue Ridge Music Center, which draws thousands of tourists from all over the world, I remember fondly the efforts of our former representative, Rick Boucher, and all he did for our 9th District during his 29 years of service.