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Today's Opinions

  • Letters to the Editor for 11/10/08

    Avoiding crash was a miracle

    A short while back, I bought a new motorcycle. I’ve enjoyed riding to no end and take advantage of every opportunity.

    Last Sunday afternoon was the perfect evening to ride and enjoy the beautiful trees and just relax.

    After riding to Mount Airy, I decided to head home. I maintained a speed of 55 mph down Pipers Gap Road.

    When I passed Oakland School and approached Elkhorn Road on the right, I noticed a truck at the stop sign.

  • Letters to the Editor for 11/3/08

    Learn from mistakes of the past

    I came across a bit of wisdom yesterday: “The past is in front of you.”

    Meaning, the mistakes of yesterday are how we have created today and right now, that doesn’t look too good.

    We are entering into a verge between two ways of thinking.

    Traditional thinkers, who imitated the ancestors without realizing that this leads to stagnation and decay. Then, the modern thinkers who rush into things with no forethought about the long-term consequences of their choices.

  • Covering Costs

    While many residents of the Twin Counties are living paycheck to paycheck, it appears local governments are, as well.

    Grayson County was forced to borrow $1.6 million to cover the bills for the month of October, but not because of a budgetary problem.

    County officials are adamant that the problem lies in the shortfall in cash flow, something that is common during the months leading up to the tax deadline of Dec. 5.

  • Letters to the Editor for 10/27/08

    Much at stake in election

    This is probably the most important presidential race of our lifetime —certainly if we are 75 years young or younger.

    Nearly everything we care about is at stake: our personal, and collective economies, the health of our only planet, the essential future of our children, the real and perceived notions of a global threat not just towards us, but towards one another across the landscape of ideas and the sense of belonging to a place.

  • More than green

    Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Company has become more environmentally conscious and has found more benefits in its practices than just protecting the environment.

    The Galax and Elkin, N.C.-based company that is the largest manufacturer of wooden adult bedroom furniture became certified in the program called Enhancing Furniture's Environmental Culture.

    The program requires all employees to work together towards their “go-green” goal. The company has found that it’s crucial to set an example to be a good steward of the environment, for obvious reasons.

  • Letters to the Editor for 10/20/08

    Sutherland backed for board

    The late beloved U.S. House of Representatives speaker Tip O’Neill is famous for his “all politics is local” opinion. Even in national election years, his idea continues to be increasingly true.

    Right here in Grayson County’s Elk Creek District there’s a spirited threeee'way supervisor’s race, with quality candidates in the running.

    The board of supervisors wields tremendous power in local governing and in charting a forward direction for our county.

  • The Road Ahead

    For much longer than six years, the Glendale Road improvement project has languished on the state's six-year plan, so it's encouraging to hear that it could start as "soon" as 2011.

    It's also a wise decision on the city's part to consider a scaled-back $1.2 million version of the original $10.6 million plan, which would free up several million dollars to tackle some other road projects.

    Closing and relocating the aggravating "slip lane" intersection near Subway is still in the plan, which should make many drivers —and their sore necks — happy.

  • Letters to the Editor for 10/13/08

    Only rich can create new jobs

    America needs jobs desperately.

    How many poor or middle class people do you know with the money, or access to it, required to start a business large enough to employ large numbers of people?

    None?

    Well, then who does have such resources?

    The rich and corporations!

    If the rich and corporations give all their excess money to the federal government in high taxes, guess what they don’t have the money to do?