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Today's Opinions

  • 2017 Editorial Awards: A Series of Unfortunate Events

    Dear reader,

    Before you delve too deeply into the year that just passed, I urge you to reconsider.

    A New Year has just dawned, with all the hope and promise that we assign to every arbitrary turn of the calendar page, and I wouldn’t want you to look back at 2017 and realize you felt just as much misplaced optimism at the beginning of that year as you might as we enter this one.

  • Patients at the mercy of healthcare industry

    Health care in America is an absolute scam.
    While insurance companies, drug companies, and healthcare providers get richer and richer, people who need their services are simply “hostages” to their demands. Either you pay the ransom, or you can just die.
    Congress blames the insurance companies. But they are not about to put any restrictions on the cost of healthcare. (Which drives the cost of insurance).
    Why should they, theirs is free. “We” have to pay for theirs.

  • The myth of tax cuts and job creation

    Since 2001 when China became a member of the World Trade Organization, thousands of major U.S. corporations have shifted manufacturing to China and other low hourly wage countries.
    This has resulted in the loss of millions of American manufacturing jobs, while creating record profits for many American branded corporations.
    American chief executive officers are receiving record compensation for their decisions to utilize much cheaper foreign labor.

  • Copy of ID should not have been accepted at poll

    In the recent school board election for Fancy Gap District, I feel that I was the recipient of an injustice by the Carroll County electoral board.
    On Election Day, Nov. 7, 2017, one vote was not counted by poll workers because the voter had a copy of their picture ID, not the original ID. Anyone knows that tampering could take place when a copy is made. Dates, numbers or other info could have been altered.

  • Trust wildlife experts on coyote issue

    Last month’s exit of Eddie Rosenbaum from the Grayson Board of Supervisors came with a rehashing of the county’s abandoned coyote bounty program, which was shot down for a second year at the close of 2015.

    The vote to cull the bounty program — which was only opposed by Rosenbaum even after the program cost the county twice as much money and resulted in a lawsuit when one bounty hunter attempted to pass off a coyote from another locality — brought an end to a controversial debate from citizens and experts alike.

  • A Christmas card from the Father

    The Prince of Peace came to earth again this Christmas. This time He came in the form of a live Christmas card.

  • McAuliffe's final push for Medicaid expansion

    Virginia seems to pride itself on an idiosyncratic approach to governance, and that is apparent in the arrangement that every four years sees a term-limited governor propose a budget to guide state spending for the next biennium.

    In 2013, it was Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell, the legal buzzards circling above him, doing the honors.

  • 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.