Today's Opinions

  • 2015 Editorial Awards

    Depending on when you read this, it’s possible that:

    • you’re enjoying a laugh over your morning coffee;

    • you are having this read to you, against your will, as some bizarre but innocuous torture; or

    • you found this newspaper blowing in the wind or plastered against a chain-link fence in a dusty near-future wasteland after the inevitable “Trumpocalypse.”

  • Make a resolution to stop eating meat

    Once again, it’s time for New Year’s resolutions, particularly those to improve our diet and exercise routine.
    Although gun violence and traffic accidents remain the leading causes of death among young people, the most dangerous weapon for the rest of us is still our fork.
    Well over a million of us are killed each year by high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, and other chronic diseases linked to our meat-based diet.

  • Grayson VFW Post thanks bank, restaurant

    On behalf of Grayson VFW Post 7726, I thank the owner of Tony’s Italian Restaurant of Hillsville and executives of Grayson National Bank for their acts of kindness and expression of appreciation shown to our post honor guard.
    Having recently conducted military rites, we are humbled by your thanks for our service to this great nation and the service we perform at military funerals.
    It is our honor to have served and it makes us proud to know that there are so many citizens who support our efforts.
    Thank you for your support

  • Decision enforces existing concealed weapon laws

    Attorney General Mark Herring inspired the usual fury with a decision that will effectively bar residents of some other states from carrying concealed weapons in Virginia. The commonwealth’s 2nd Amendment absolutists, including those in the General Assembly, accused him of political toadying, repaying a debt or overreaching. Usually all three.

  • Consider the heritage that flag honors

    Every time someone calls in to defend their right to fly the Confederate Battle Flag, they say they aren’t racists, they are just honoring their heritage.
    I would love someone to please explain what part of their “heritage” they think they are honoring.
    I can understand that they sincerely care about their ancestors as past family members, but what do you mean by honoring your “heritage?”

  • Rooftop thanks donors to Christmas Toy Shop

    On behalf of Rooftop of Virginia CAP, we thank the following organizations and individuals that donated to the Christmas Toy Shop project: Gladeville Ruritan, Grayson National Bank, First Community Bank, Family Dollar, Jeff Johnson Auto, Williams Chiropractic, and Adams Heath Engineering, The Gazette, Carroll News, Carroll County High School, United Commercial Travelers, Galax Social Services and many individuals in our community.
    With these donations this year, Rooftop was able to serve 245 children with new and used toys. Many thanks to all of you who donated generously!

  • Questioning county's office funding plan

    A Dec. 23 item in the Gazette (“Grayson sheriff’s office getting new home”) sounds like the Grayson County Supervisors are gambling with our tax money to get new headquarters for the sheriff.
    Their so-called “defeasance plan” to pay off the loan for this $665,000 facility depends on “making an insured, high-yield and qualified investment deposit that will return an interest dividend sufficient to offset the loan payment.”
    OK, that sounds fine — if their investment pays off.

  • Refugee refusal against Christian principles

    It is saddening and disappointing that the local and state political leaders are planning to bar women and children of Syria from a safe refuge in Virginia due to a fear of terrorists.
    The Law of Life is that what you fear you attract into your life.
    This stance is contrary to the great American spirit of love and compassion for all life.  This stance is contrary to the Christian teachings, which say to love your neighbor as yourself.
    How can such a stance come from the state that is the birthplace of human rights and equality?