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Today's Opinions

  • A refreshing change in Grayson schools

    Last year, the Grayson County school system made headlines as it fought through a budget crisis and shifts in school administration. Concerned parent groups rallied in front of the school board office and crowded every meeting as the board discussed holes in the budget, cutting programs to spread the money out further, the loss of teaching positions, and how to pay the remainder of the bills and teacher salaries.

    This year, the school is making headlines again, but for a very different reason.

  • Area's drug problem should be obvious

    It seems that drug dealing and drug use among our young people in this area is totally out of control.
    Law enforcement is too worried about someone going a few miles over the speed limit. I counted 15 methamphetamine cases in the paper the other day. Is it me or is something wrong with this picture?
    Our young people are getting hooked on drugs while they just keep pouring into the area.
    If I were a police officer, if I had to lay out in mud and rain to catch these parasites, I would.

  • Right to marriage is settled — for everyone

    From the cold and unemotional view of the state, marriage is simply a contract between two people. Both willingly consent to the arrangement, and enforcement of the pact carries with it the full weight of the law.

    That was essentially the argument of the U.S. Supreme Court last year. Set aside the soaring, flowery language of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s majority opinion and one finds a straightforward argument about the constitutional protections that every American has a right to enjoy.

  • Sanders would bring back majority rule

    For 225 years, “majority rule” was a bedrock principle of our republic.
    In 2014, our Republican senators in Congress, through unprecedented use of the filibuster, ended “majority rule” and paralyzed our Republic! In doing so our Republicans blocked the will of “we the people.” That was revolutionary!
    Majorities of Democrat, independent and Republican voters wanted the following ideas or bills to become law:
    1: 73 percent of us wanted equal pay for equal work.
    2. 87 percent called for immigration reform.

  • With great power...

    Spider-Man once said, “With great power comes great responsibility.”

    No wait… that’s not right. Spider-Man didn’t coin that phrase, did he? But a quick Pinterest or Google search will provide countless images, “memes” and quotable graphics that “prove” he did.

    But let’s take a closer look. Further searches online will attribute this famous phrase to several icons from our past; Voltaire, Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt and Lord Melbourne are just a few of them.

  • Trump has no self-control

    The main reason given in support of Donald Trump, at least by those I’ve talked to, is that he’s strong and angry enough to do the things that need done.
    We certainly need a strong president, but does Trump really fit that description?
    Trump certainly isn’t afraid to say hard and often inflammatory things about those on both sides of the political spectrum. He is obviously very angry. The question is, does anger equal strength?
    Think about what happens when people get angry. Things get broken —possessions, people and relationships.

  • Buzzard bill raises questions for reader

    After reading the front page article about “bothersome buzzards” and [Sen. Bill] Carrico’s bill to allow shooting the black vulture, I did some research that confirmed this species is different than the turkey vulture (AKA turkey buzzard) in more than physical appearance.

  • Community brightened Christmas for residents

    The residents and staff of Golden Living Center-Blue Ridge would like to thank friends in the Twin Counties who helped make the Christmas season a little brighter.
    Numerous churches, schools, volunteers, Girl Scouts and family members all donated time and talents.
    Beautiful gift boxes were donated so that each resident would receive a present on Christmas day delivered by Santa himself.
    Several local churches provided musical talents throughout the month to ensure that everyone had a merry Christmas.