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Today's Opinions

  • Vote for Trump to make Washington miserable

    I’m voting for Donald Trump. And here’s why.
    First, I despise his vulgar mouth. And how he acts right stupid when he is angry. And I could go on and on with his shortcomings.
    But I don’t despise him nearly as much as I do the Washington crowd. The Romneys, the McConnells, the Grahams, the Reids, the Obamas, the Clintons. The whole stinking bunch.

  • Right time to celebrate sunshine

    Ginger Stanley is executive director of the Virginia Press Association. She wrote the following column that was published last week by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

    Weather forecasts have been reporting warmer temperatures and lots of sunshine for central Virginia. Who doesn’t like sunshine, especially this time of year?

    This is the perfect weather to kick off Sunshine Week, an annual celebration of access to public information and what it means for you and your community.

  • With climate change, politics trumps science

    By NANCY LIEBRECHT

    Skepticism about science is a troubling phenomenon in our modern social and political life. With all of the benefits that science has provided us, it seems inconceivable that we distrust the work of reputable scientists, but many ordinary people and some of those who would be our leaders evince deep suspicion about science.

    In recent years we have had continuing debates about creationism versus evolution, the safety of vaccines, and most vociferously in this election year about climate change.

  • Our values demand respect for life

    Counselors sometimes suggest “intentional reflection” to sort out personal values.

    Just as good physical health brings quality to living, attitudes and viewpoints determine happiness. People seem to do more reflecting as their years add up.

    Certainly there are values that last. I like remembering a decisive moment 70 years ago that made Christianity the instructive standard by which I live.

  • Don't forget local politics

    It’s easy to understand why this year’s presidential election is a hot topic. Not only will the choices made this November severely impact the fate of our country for the next four years, I think all of us agree that we have some pretty extreme potentials on the ballot for the Oval Office seat.

  • Letter dedicated to victims of violence

    This letter is in dedication and memory of victims of violent crimes that continue to plague our society to no end.
    From the growing number of police officers killed in the line of duty, a 13-year-old killed for the thrill of it, children beaten and tortured to death, to families wiped out because of a black sheep member who lost their way in life.
    Not to forget domestic violence, where the numbers of victims are rising.
    Our nation seems to be numb to all of this. Politicians are AWOL. They are too busy fattening their own nest.

  • State budget proposals show smart progress

    A new two-year state budget emerged Feb. 21. Tinkering and negotiating remain before legislators depart Richmond, but the all-important spending document creates a favorable first impression.

    For starters, Virginia’s lawmakers appear at last to have abandoned the clap-trap about percentage budget growth versus per capita whatever. Virginia’s public finances ought to track its ambitions, not its annually adjusted demographics. This is work for doers, not clerks.

  • Sanders' proposals are realistic

    I urge citizens of Southwest Virginia to vote for Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary on March 1, no matter which party you normally support.
    Remember, you are free to vote in either the Republican or Democratic primary.
    Many people in our area support Donald Trump, but Trump, unlike Bernie, has not proposed any policies that would actually help citizens of Grayson County. Instead, his campaign is based on fear and hatred, values that Christians should reject.