Today's Opinions

  • Burnett is best candidate for sheriff

    or Mark Burnett.
    I have known Mark for many years because he worked with my dad who retired with 22 years of service with the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office.
    As an officer of the law, you take an oath to protect and serve. Mark has made a career of doing that for each of us.
    In doing so, there have been dangerous situations and time away from his family. During these many years of service he has become very familiar with our county, the roads, and the specific needs of each community.

  • Sheriff brought honor to profession

    Why change sheriffs? We already have the best.
    I write in support of Richard Vaughan continuing in his present position as sheriff of Grayson County. Grayson has really been blessed to have such a qualified sheriff.
    As you remember, Sheriff Vaughan “hit the road running” within weeks of being in his new position on the Freddie Hammer case and he has not slowed down very much since.
    If you are undecided about whom to vote for, I suggest that you go to the web sites of both candidates and your decision will become clear.

  • Vaughan has done commendable job

    As a citizen of Grayson County, it is my belief that Sheriff Richard Vaughan and his department have done a commendable job in providing law enforcement services to the citizens of Grayson County.
    Dean Funk


  • Burnett is the change Grayson needs

    When our dad discussed running for sheriff with the family, we made the unanimous decision to support him wholeheartedly.
    Our dad set the ultimate example for us to follow growing up. He raised us under the logic that as much as God has blessed us, it should be our responsibility to give back to others.
    Our dad is extremely civic minded, spending over half his life in the Galax Volunteer Fire Department while also teaching fire prevention to churches, daycares and schools. If ever there was a more willing volunteer to help others that is our father, Mark Burnett.

  • Grants have benefitted county

    Thinking about November’s election, I have come to the conclusion that Grayson County residents are fortunate to have someone as capable, dedicated and knowledgeable as Richard Vaughan as our sheriff.
    It’s easy to point out many areas in which Sheriff Vaughan excels and where his leadership improves law enforcement in Grayson County.
    His professionalism, integrity, and investigative skills come readily to mind. These are obvious.

  • Lamie would put aside politics

    I’m writing to encourage readers to vote for John Lamie for Virginia State Senate.
    I believe that Mr. Lamie will work hard to recruit new jobs to Southwest Virginia. He cares about strengthening our region’s agricultural economy and helping preserve family farms.
    As a small business owner, he has the experience to encourage the growth of small businesses in our area.

  • Reynolds is best choice for SWVA

    I am writing in support of Roscoe Reynolds for State Senate.
    I don’t know about others, but my mailbox has been besieged by mailings from the Bill Stanley campaign (all of which end up in the trash), which makes me wonder how much Koch brothers money or Karl Rove’s political action committee money is involved.
    The Republican propaganda machine is hard at work giving partial truths about voting records and stands that Reynolds has supported.

  • Candidate is man of high character

    I support Richard Vaughan for sheriff of Grayson County.
    I grew up in Grayson County and still have a residence there. Although I vote in my primary residence elections, I feel compelled to write a letter in support of Richard.
    I have known Richard and his family for many years and I consider him to be a man of the highest moral integrity. He carries out his duties as sheriff with a high degree of intelligence (as witnessed by his most recent award) and with a high degree of integrity.