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Today's Opinions

  • Teacher cuts hurting students

    Dear Grayson County School Board, I am 16 and my best friend is a teacher.

    I met her when I was in seventh grade at Piney Creek Elementary School in Alleghany County, N.C. We are two extremely different people, but there is something in her that turns on lights when my dark is too deep to see any further ahead.

    I was scorekeeper for her as she coached the girls basketball team. While on the team activity bus, other girls sat with their friends, but I sat in the front seat, next to her.

  • Thankful for those who speak out

    Regarding the June 1 Hotline comment that somebody was “appalled” that Concerned Citizens for Grayson County Schools had the gall to speak up on behalf of our children…
    Any outfit that fires teachers and rewards support staff with pay increases needs to be soundly castigated.
    What will people think if they hear about this mess? Maybe they will appreciate the light of honesty and the willingness to work to make our schools a better place for children to learn.

  • Ban antibiotics in animal agriculture

    On June 2, President Obama directed federal agencies to serve antibiotic-free meat and poultry in government cafeterias.
    The FDA will require animal producers to obtain authorization from a licensed veterinarian to use drugs to treat a specific disease, rather than just to promote rapid growth, as is current practice.
    As much as 80 percent of all U.S. antibiotics are used in animal agriculture.

  • Post office is a disgrace

    Trading and releasing five Taliban men partly responsible for demolishing the Twin Towers and killing thousands of Americans for an AWOL solider.
    That is a slap in the face of all the 9-11 families. This makes me want to puke.
    Talking about all your eggs in one basket, the US Post Office is a disgrace. It looks like with all the so-called educated people responsible for this department could at least add and subtract.

  • 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).