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Today's Opinions

  • More information needed on new industries

    I’ve been hearing a bunch of cloudy claptrap from our Grayson County supervisors about “job creation.” I have problems with their claim.
    The supervisors are not hiring or paying anybody.
    Recently they have been taking credit for decisions by three business firms which allegedly will locate in Grayson County (at undisclosed dates) and hire 300 people.

  • Employers should value their workers

    In light of recent low-wage earner strikes, there should be a book titled “How to Treat Employees for Dummies.”
    Highlights would read something like this.
    First, remember that employees are as vital to your business as the customer is. And that the employee stands “between” you and your customer.
    So the employee can make your customers happy, or they can make them very sad. And without your customers, you’re out of business. So it’s in your best interest to have “happy” employees. And how do you do that?

  • 'Smart' meters raise safety privacy concerns

    In an earlier letter, I encouraged readers to research the dangers of [AEP’s automated radio frequency meters]. There’s a wealth of scientific and medical research showing the meters to be unsafe. I recommend www.takebackyourpower.com, www.stopsmartmeters.org and www.tamers.biz.
    The World Health Organization classified these meters, along with other similar devices that produce non-ionizing radio frequency radiation, as a (possible) 2B carcinogen. This is the same category as DDT, leads and engine exhaust.

  • Independence needs dental alternatives

    Is there any way a group could help the people get a dentist who will charge a reasonable price for dental healthcare? It would mainly be for poor people who cannot pay up front. If the people did not pay as promised, there could be an ordinance to collect it from them.

  • Coyote bounty payments take away from schools

    I was astounded to read that the Grayson County Board of Supervisors is cutting money out of the schools, but adding $10,000 total additional dollars to the archaic coyote bounty program and killing contest.
    There are a lot of reservations about North American wild dogs, but it’s scientifically proven that these contests in fact make the population increase. Thus, it’s a waste of taxpayers’ money, and will only hurt farmers later down the road.


  • Vaccinate for everyone's sake

    Doing everything you can to avoid spreading disease is among the most basic requirements of membership in a civil society. It has been for millennia.

    Trying to prevent the transmission of pathogens explains the laws in Leviticus, the development of modern sewer systems and the use of quarantine to stem epidemics.

    Throughout history, a person’s duty to prevent the spread of disease to his neighbors has been so fundamental that it has been largely uncontroversial. Then came modern America, which is in the middle of an entirely preventable measles outbreak.

  • KKK is a domestic terrorist group

    I’m writing in response to the recent activity by the Ku Klux Klan in our community.
    I would like everyone to be aware the Klan is not friendly or helpful. I’m sure we all agree ISIS is anti-American and a threat to our liberty.
    Be aware these two organizations are very similar. They both use extreme religious views to justify their violence against others.
    They both advocate war based on religious or racial lines. They both recruit our young people while they are vulnerable to the influence of their propaganda.

  • State taking crimes against animals seriously

    Last week, The Gazette published yet another heartbreaking story from someone whose family pet fell prey to an unknown suspect who thought nothing about bringing harm to another living being.

    Daisy Mae, a boxer/lab mix, was on her owners’ property while they were at work when someone came into the yard, aimed a gun at her heart and pulled the trigger, killing her.