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Today's Opinions

  • Sheriff addresses questions about response times

    When contacted by The Gazette to answer questions raised by a Hotline caller, Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan responded with this piece. We are running it today as a guest column, as it is longer than a traditional Hotline response.
    Below is the original call that the sheriff is addressing:

  • Research shows truth of climate change

    Most scientists, myself included, accept that man-made climate change is happening.
    We have seen the evidence as a result of our work in our various disciplines. The world is getting warmer no matter what any individual chooses to believe. The only responsible choices that we have are: Can we minimize the effects and can we prepare for the already irreversible consequences. If we decide to be irresponsible and ignore the scientific evidence, our lives will be much harder than if we address the issues now.

  • Thoughts from a non-partisan voter

    Vote country not party. Parties can divide. Americans strive to unite.
    See beyond the nose, not just right or left.
    The truth isn’t always politically correct.
    All lives, everywhere, matter.
    Common sense is an intrinsic part of intellect.
    Respect the law. Protest bad policy.
    A “healthy” fear of terrorism is not bigotry.
    Evaluate public’s needs vs “wants.”
    More encouragement of education and initiative vs. automatically increasing entitlements.

  • Historic 1908 Courthouse was saved 30 years ago

    Laura A. Bryant of Independence is president of the 1908 Courthouse Foundation

    Thirty years ago the Grayson County Supervisors placed the 1908 Courthouse for sale to the highest bidder on the new courthouse steps.

    Much controversy, speculation, public meetings, speeches, newspaper articles and other pressures led to this decision.

    Dan Baldwin, then president of the Nautilus International plant and lifelong Grayson citizen, bought the landmark and gave it to citizens of the county.

  • Tobacco Commission needs public input

    The Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission was created by the Virginia General Assembly in 1999 as a mechanism to manage proceeds awarded to the state from the national tobacco settlement.
    The commission has awarded nearly 2,000 grants totaling more than $1 billion to promote education and workforce development opportunities and stimulate economic growth across the tobacco region of Virginia.

  • Why did governor veto virtual public school bill?

    Gov. McAuliffe vetoed House Bill 8, which would have created a statewide full-time virtual public school with grades K-12.
    Right now in Virginia we have the Virginia Virtual Academy, which my family is enrolled in. However, the current school is only grades K-7 and has 500 students  statewide.
    Virtual education has worked for my family and as a parent I wanted my student enrolled in this program because it offered the best learning environment.

  • Wayne Kilby of Whitetop remembered

    We buried Wayne Kilby on April 13 in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.
    He came from Whitetop, and we got to know each other after I moved back to these mountains in 2003.
    Wayne looked tough and behaved gently. He wore a head rag and leather vest and serious boots, and he sold his motorcycle with great regret.
    He did a full tour of duty in Vietnam, but he never talked about it. He could be stern when he needed to, but I never saw him be mean to anybody.

  • People to blame for aggressive pit bulls

    While the mauling death of a child is unquestioningly tragic, the frenzy to lay the blame on a specific breed of  dog becomes a political agenda more than an act of justice sought.
    Politicians and mainstream media become more focused on the dog as the source of evil, much in the same way as the debate over guns when shooting tragedies occur.
    Pit bulls as a breed are very loving in nature, eager to please and easy to train. Historically this has made the breed a ready choice for “aggressive” tasks.