Today's Opinions

  • A tribute to my sister, Robin Hackler

    Several months ago, our family began to see a decline in our beloved Robin’s health. There were numerous doctor visits, tests, and inconclusive results.
    Our worst fears were confirmed when a routine heart catheterization revealed that she would needed heart surgery to correct three major blockages.
    Robin was not allowed to leave the hospital due to her condition, and surgery was scheduled for March 10. That is the day my world stopped, and I quickly realized how quickly life can forever change.

  • Keep Southwest Virginia Training Center open

    I have a subject that is very close to my heart and I’m sure not many Virginians are aware of it.
    There are seven training centers for the mentally retarded in the commonwealth, or were. In Southwest Virginia the training center is still open. However, the residents are being moved out to private industries or private homes as they are called.
    The facility is in Hillsville and it is beautiful, well-staffed and well-managed and includes a medical department, which is well- staffed.

  • Teacher cuts hurting students

    Dear Grayson County School Board, I am 16 and my best friend is a teacher.

    I met her when I was in seventh grade at Piney Creek Elementary School in Alleghany County, N.C. We are two extremely different people, but there is something in her that turns on lights when my dark is too deep to see any further ahead.

    I was scorekeeper for her as she coached the girls basketball team. While on the team activity bus, other girls sat with their friends, but I sat in the front seat, next to her.

  • Thankful for those who speak out

    Regarding the June 1 Hotline comment that somebody was “appalled” that Concerned Citizens for Grayson County Schools had the gall to speak up on behalf of our children…
    Any outfit that fires teachers and rewards support staff with pay increases needs to be soundly castigated.
    What will people think if they hear about this mess? Maybe they will appreciate the light of honesty and the willingness to work to make our schools a better place for children to learn.

  • Ban antibiotics in animal agriculture

    On June 2, President Obama directed federal agencies to serve antibiotic-free meat and poultry in government cafeterias.
    The FDA will require animal producers to obtain authorization from a licensed veterinarian to use drugs to treat a specific disease, rather than just to promote rapid growth, as is current practice.
    As much as 80 percent of all U.S. antibiotics are used in animal agriculture.

  • Post office is a disgrace

    Trading and releasing five Taliban men partly responsible for demolishing the Twin Towers and killing thousands of Americans for an AWOL solider.
    That is a slap in the face of all the 9-11 families. This makes me want to puke.
    Talking about all your eggs in one basket, the US Post Office is a disgrace. It looks like with all the so-called educated people responsible for this department could at least add and subtract.

  • Trail rider repents for upsetting forest

    This is repentance of a trail rider, written in response to local Forest Service superintendent statements that trail riders are “impacting wildlife habitat and viewing” and scaring forest animals.
    It has been brought to my attention the physiological harm I have been contributing to by riding my mule in our national forest.

  • Carroll supports agriculture

    Recent actions by the Carroll County Board of Supervisors demonstrate support for the industry of agriculture in Carroll County.
    The budget will eliminate taxation on farm machinery. The real estate tax levy will be reduced by 2 cents per $100. Both actions help create an environment where agriculture can flourish.