Today's Opinions

  • Superintendent explains school budget situation

    Kevin Chalfant is superintendent of Grayson County schools

    As superintendent of Grayson County Public Schools, my focus is on providing the best possible education for our students.

  • Photo from protest gave wrong impression

    I would like to express concern over a picture of myself which was recently published on the front page of The Declaration.
    This picture was taken at my workplace, where a demonstration was taking place. At the moment the picture was taken I happened to be in the doorway, and it would appear as though I might be part of the group who had posted signs outside our office demanding a change in leadership.
    I am very disappointed that this picture was printed, and in fact, had asked the photographer to not submit it since it was misleading and misrepresented my beliefs.

  • School board should take county's offer

    You hear a lot this time of year about the stress students are being put through as they take state tests; about the anxiety and sleepless nights as they worry about their future.

    This year, in Grayson County, the teachers and staff are the ones concerned about their fates as the school system tries to find a way to balance a budget while faced with a funding shortfall.

  • Christians should set example through action

    As Christians, we have had it too easy, too blessed. We sit back on our comfortable pews and say “God won’t let that happen,” but 50 years later what was a sin is now a lifestyle.

    Abortion has killed millions and people are hungry, homeless and jobless. My heart breaks.

    2 Chronicles 7:14 says: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from Heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land.”

  • GCHS principal has community's support

    I write this letter to express support for Brandi Ray, principal at Grayson County High School.
    I have watched Ray for the past few years and have been pleased with her poise, professionalism and her support for every aspect of Grayson County. She has been a positive addition to the administrative staff, and to lose her would be a tragedy.

  • Mexico taking over American schools

    Our entire education and school system has been turned upside down.
    Why is there this drop of enrollment in our schools of American children?
    The short and true answer is these politicians and Mexico.
    Our schoolyards all across our country are turning Mexican.
    All that is going against our American society and a future for our children and their survival in schools are just one more tragedy.

  • Teachers often assign too much homework

    Hello, my name is John Quincy Fichtel, and I am a Boy Scout in Troop 810 in Woodlawn.
    I am completing my Citizenship in the Community merit badge and I am supposed to write the editor of a local newspaper to express my opinion in regards to a topic important to the community.
    I feel as though teachers should not overload kids with so much homework and schoolwork.

  • Help honor memory of Independence library cat

    The Wythe-Grayson library in Independence lost a real treasure just before Christmas.  Purrl the library cat, a most well-known and well-loved feline,  passed away Dec. 23, 2014.  Purrl was adopted by the library in April 2004.
    Many library visitors and regulars donated monies throughout the years to pay for the feline’s needs — food, litter, vets care etc.  Thanks go out to all who gave to Purrl’s care, especially the library staff for their day-to-day care and love also Twin Oaks Veterinary Clinic for her healthcare needs.