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Today's Opinions

  • Be Vigilant

    Most people just aren't equipped to think extraordinary dangers are present in their everyday lives, but firefighters are.

    When called upon they face down the flames, and these emergency responders know the importance of prevention and preparation.

    Some elements of prevention are so simple, so mundane, their great importance can easily slip a civilian's mind.

  • Letter to the Editor for 1/26/09

    Time to get things done in America

    2009 begins with a new president, new Congress and an alleged attitude of bipartisanship and a new way government does things.

    But, sad to say, the oddballs, the weak links and dumb butts of 2008 spill into the new year.

    President Obama proposed spending of some $825 billion dollars to jumpstart the economy. The GOP leadership balks.

  • Letters to the Editor for 1/19/09

    Yes, Jesus judged — and so can I

    There are two subjects I’d like to address.

    Responding to Patrick Butler’s Jan. 12 letter, is my Bible the only one that contains Matthew 21: 12-13 and Mark 11: 15-17, where Jesus went on a rampage and drove all the money changers out of the Temple?

    Is my Bible the only one that contains Matthew 12:34 and 23:33 where Jesus vehemently calls the Pharisees snakes?

  • Pick the best — not cheapest — option

    Grayson County will decide this week between three water options for the new school being built in the western end of the county.

    Option 1 included a straight line to the school along Virginia 16 with 40 potential hookups. Option 2 adds to that a loop around Grange Hollow Road with 18 more potential hookups. Option 3 would service only the school.

    In order to get the most use out of taxpayers' money, the county should go with the $1.1 million Option 2.

  • AND THE WINNERS ARE...

    Not to get all sentimental about 2008 or anything, but we're bound to look back nostalgically one day and say, "Boy, that year really sucked."

    Think of the year that just wrapped up as a motion picture. It was kind of a sequel to a bad movie (2007!) with a similar plot — layoffs and politics and high gas prices, oh my! — and the same characters. And, it managed to be almost as stinky.

  • Reflect & Resolve

    With the tumultuous 2008 coming to a relatively quiet (as I write this, anyway) close, it's time to think about the year ahead.

    Looking back, this was a year that we almost wish we could do over. It began with a series of brutal murders, and was marked (or is that marred?) by several animal cruelty cases and a series of layoffs and closings due to a floundering economy.

    Now, here are some thoughts to consider in 2009:

  • The Growing Importance of Farming

    Frank Levering of Cana is author of “Welcome to the Country,” available in stores and online at Ballyshannonfund.org.

    The American poet Theodore Roethke observes in one of his poems that, “In a dark time the eye begins to see.”

    With dark economic times upon us, here’s hoping that our collective cultural “eye” will begin to see the central importance of farming to our economic and social wellee'being.

  • Seeking Stimuli

    If the much-ballyhooed economic stimulus package from the federal government can create jobs, it's hard to imagine a place where that money could be better spent than the Twin Counties.

    The manufacturing job base was shrinking even before the recession struck the nation as a whole. Fewer jobs means less revenue for local governments, and less revenue means less money in the coffers for projects to benefit the area.