.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Today's Opinions

  • Letters to the Editor for 10/27/08

    Much at stake in election

    This is probably the most important presidential race of our lifetime —certainly if we are 75 years young or younger.

    Nearly everything we care about is at stake: our personal, and collective economies, the health of our only planet, the essential future of our children, the real and perceived notions of a global threat not just towards us, but towards one another across the landscape of ideas and the sense of belonging to a place.

  • More than green

    Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Company has become more environmentally conscious and has found more benefits in its practices than just protecting the environment.

    The Galax and Elkin, N.C.-based company that is the largest manufacturer of wooden adult bedroom furniture became certified in the program called Enhancing Furniture's Environmental Culture.

    The program requires all employees to work together towards their “go-green” goal. The company has found that it’s crucial to set an example to be a good steward of the environment, for obvious reasons.

  • Letters to the Editor for 10/20/08

    Sutherland backed for board

    The late beloved U.S. House of Representatives speaker Tip O’Neill is famous for his “all politics is local” opinion. Even in national election years, his idea continues to be increasingly true.

    Right here in Grayson County’s Elk Creek District there’s a spirited threeee'way supervisor’s race, with quality candidates in the running.

    The board of supervisors wields tremendous power in local governing and in charting a forward direction for our county.

  • The Road Ahead

    For much longer than six years, the Glendale Road improvement project has languished on the state's six-year plan, so it's encouraging to hear that it could start as "soon" as 2011.

    It's also a wise decision on the city's part to consider a scaled-back $1.2 million version of the original $10.6 million plan, which would free up several million dollars to tackle some other road projects.

    Closing and relocating the aggravating "slip lane" intersection near Subway is still in the plan, which should make many drivers —and their sore necks — happy.

  • Letters to the Editor for 10/13/08

    Only rich can create new jobs

    America needs jobs desperately.

    How many poor or middle class people do you know with the money, or access to it, required to start a business large enough to employ large numbers of people?

    None?

    Well, then who does have such resources?

    The rich and corporations!

    If the rich and corporations give all their excess money to the federal government in high taxes, guess what they don’t have the money to do?

  • Drive Defensively

    It’s good to know that Virginia Department of Transportation officials are troubleshooting safety problems with Carroll County roads.

    The problem in question has been on the 2,200-foot, steep incline on U.S. 58 in Woodlawn that’s known for hydroplaning accidents during thunderstorms.

    It wasn’t just isolated incidents — 14 such accidents happened on that stretch of road in a two-year period.

    Just imagine driving along westbound in a rainstorm and the tires slip, and in a split second the vehicle goes down an embankment.

  • Letters to the Editor for 10/6/08

    Spend more time with children

    My family and I read with dismay in the Readers’ Hotline regarding the Grayson County High School and Fries Middle School students whose parents took them out of school due to bullying and harassment.

    Our hearts go out to these families.

    The time a child spends with his or her parents has a direct impact on the child’s character and moral fiber.

  • Happy shopping

    If you're one of those people who feels better after indulging in some retail therapy, then you should know that you're shopping practices can help others, too.

    By visiting SWVTC Cottage Crafts at the Southwest Virginia Farmers' Market in Hillsville, you will support vocational pursuits at the training center.

    The booth set up in the retail building at the farmers' market is the logical extension of the Southwest Virginia Training Center's handicrafts and gifts made by those who live there.