Today's Opinions

  • The world is a hard place to live in

    In our warped, violent, greedy no-holds barred society, where bad is good and wrong is right, here come these voices saying change in politics and direction of the country, but where is this when it comes to the heart?
    Back on that dark and horrible day of 9-11, we as a nation came together as one, treated one another better and made that American spirit stronger and proud.
    Time went by, attitudes changed. Our country drifted back to same old ways of distrust in the powers that be, trash talking and condoning violence, hatred and race baiting.

  • 'Open door policy' questioned

    After reading many of the recent letters published in the paper in support of Richard Vaughan and attacking Mark Burnett, I felt that I had to speak up to set the record straight.
    I am a former employee of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, where I worked under Sheriff Vaughan and his predecessor.
    Vaughan stated in his letter to the paper that “nobody has to have an appointment to speak with me.” This statement is not true.

  • Sheriff not spending responsibly

    After reading the letters submitted for Richard Vaughan, I feel the need to respond.
    Vaughan states that he has run his office in a financially responsible manner. However, if you take a look at his approved budgets since taking office, you see a different story.
    The current yearly budget includes line item requests which include $135,000 for “automobiles” and “automobile expenses” and $6,000 for “construction.”

  • Vaughan supporters' claims disputed

    In rebuttal to Mr. Richardson’s point regarding hiring practices, why aren’t Grayson County people good enough to hire to patrol their own communities?
    Sheriff Vaughn did hand pick who he wanted to hire.
    While I applaud Mr. Ashby’s and Mr. Sawyer’s resumes, why not move the extra five minutes and pay taxes there just like the hardworking people of Grayson County that pay your salaries?

  • Vaughan addresses finances

    The Public Safety Interoperability Communications grant project was a regional effort by Carroll County, Grayson County and Galax.
    The total grant project was $1,577,479.  Grayson County received over $800,000 of those funds.
    In January 2008, I was contacted by Carroll County and Galax officials regarding meetings on the project.
    I was told that no one from Grayson County had attended any of the meetings, and Grayson County would not be included in the project without representation.

  • Goad would bring youth to board



    As of March, Gerald Goad announced that he would be running for Pipers Gap District supervisor in Carroll County.

    I recently had the honor of getting to know him and want to express how much he is dedicated to helping the youth of this county.

  • ABC sales would benefit town



    The Town of Independence has never looked better. A little sprucing up has gone a long way.

    The new mural on town hall, the biking/walking trail to the park and the welcome flags have helped make our town a little more attractive to those who live here and to visitors.

  • Claims against Carroll disputed



    Mr. Goldwasser, please tell the facts!

    Ameripumps is still in operation. It is providing jobs with no cost to the taxpayers. Amerlink cost the county over $2 million with no jobs.

    The sewer to Galax was done because it saved the county thousands of dollars.