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Today's Opinions

  • A good representative listens to constituents

    Many of the people I know are paying careful attention to the news these days, as they realize that decisions made in Richmond and Washington affect our day-to-day lives. I hear people discussing problems like poverty, brain drain, a lack of good-paying jobs, concerns about having Social Security when they retire, and they want to be part of the discussion.

  • Bills that could have made a difference

    State lawmakers approved hundreds of bills this year, but they cast aside a much greater number — either for more consideration in next year’s session or to be buried in the legislative graveyard.

    Many of the discarded bills had flaws that needed to be fixed before lawmakers could consider them for passage.

    But others, including bills that would have made travel safer and helped to protect dogs, deserved more serious attention than they received.

  • Flaccavento supporter excited about election

    Who is Anthony Flaccavento?
    He is an Abingdon farmer and rural economic developer and he is a candidate to represent our Ninth District in the U.S. Congress.
    I have been enthusiastic about Anthony’s accomplishments and dedication to community development in Southwest Virginia for the past 30 years. He is hard working and sincere in his efforts to find solutions and get results. Now that he’s a candidate to represent us in congress, I am spreading the word.

  • Griffith responds to letter criticizing email reply

    Editor’s note: The following response to a letter published March 19 was received from Rep. Morgan Griffith through Kevin Baird, the congressman’s communications director. The letter was critical of Griffith (R-9th District) and his staff for not replying to a constituent’s emails that asked for assistance after encountering red tape with a disability application. The comments were made by letter writer Kyle Noble.

  • Don’t vote for status quo in town election

    I was disheartened to learn that only one person registered to run/challenge our current Independence Town Council members.
    Only Jessica Anders is running as a new person for a town council seat this spring. Three council members are running: E.F. Butch Reeves (mayor), Buddy Halsey and Jeffrey Miller. The election is May 1. I look forward to learning about Ms. Anders and her platform.
    Over the last six years, I have witnessed multiple complaints about town council and the town manager.

  • Are we better off now in 9th District?

    Can anyone tell me where I can buy a red “Make America Great Again” hat that was actually made in America?
    Can anyone tell me one thing that Morgan Griffith, our congressman for the 9th District, has done for Grayson or Carroll counties?
    Can anyone tell me that life is better since the time Rick Boucher was our congressman and actually got things done for us?

  • 9th District deserves better representation

    I was on my way home from a doctor’s appointment in Wytheville when I stopped by the Lakes to Florida grill on Highway 21. I got to talking with the man behind the counter while we waited for my onion rings to cook. 
    We talked about winter weather and hard times, and when I said I was grateful for Medicare, I got an earful.
    This man e-mailed Rep. Morgan Griffith every day for two solid months, trying to get some help. A member of his family had an urgent disability application and they were stuck in a bunch of red tape.

  • Objections to closing fell on deaf ears

    For six years, local legislators have campaigned on behalf of our community to reverse the impending closure of the Southwestern Virginia Training Center in Carroll County.

    But this year, with the mental health facility still slated to close by the end of June, after 40 years, there’s a deep sense of loss and discouragement. Our state representatives’ efforts once again were denied advancement in the 2018 General Assembly, which is set to adjourn this week.