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Today's Opinions

  • Dig deeper into facts on politics, economy

    Readers have commented on the recent wave of letters by the same writers. Those of us writing about topics we consider important care about our neighbors and this incredible area, my home since the early 1970s.
    To the caller about one person writing so many letters “complaining about everything that is wrong with this country and our society,” I suggest that that person is proposing constructive solutions that would help citizens of Grayson and Carroll more than the expressions of anger and misinformation that often appear in the anonymous Hotline.

  • Take break from news, feed your brain
  • State police executive director shares statistics

    Submitted by Colonel and Sheriff (Ret) M. Wayne Huggins, executive director of the Virginia State Police Association, on behalf of the VSPA Board of Directors

    Editor’s note: The article referred to by Huggins was also published in The Gazette. The statistics highlighted in the article were obtained from the Crime in Virginia Report from 2014.

    I am writing in response to the article that appeared in the “Declaration” on March 1, titled, “Sheriff Wants Fair Budget for Law Enforcement.”

  • We must respect life, or face spiritual consequences

    On a recent airing of the Glenn Beck radio program, a guest proposed that U.S. strategy against ISIS should include outright murder of ISIS family members — presumably women and children alike.

    Beck heartily concurred. Waterboarding and other means of torture were mentioned in a favorable light.

    Sadly, what these individuals fail to understand in their zeal is the very nature and purpose for mankind’s existence, as demonstrated by how we treat one another.

  • Vote for Trump to make Washington miserable

    I’m voting for Donald Trump. And here’s why.
    First, I despise his vulgar mouth. And how he acts right stupid when he is angry. And I could go on and on with his shortcomings.
    But I don’t despise him nearly as much as I do the Washington crowd. The Romneys, the McConnells, the Grahams, the Reids, the Obamas, the Clintons. The whole stinking bunch.

  • Right time to celebrate sunshine

    Ginger Stanley is executive director of the Virginia Press Association. She wrote the following column that was published last week by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

    Weather forecasts have been reporting warmer temperatures and lots of sunshine for central Virginia. Who doesn’t like sunshine, especially this time of year?

    This is the perfect weather to kick off Sunshine Week, an annual celebration of access to public information and what it means for you and your community.

  • With climate change, politics trumps science

    By NANCY LIEBRECHT

    Skepticism about science is a troubling phenomenon in our modern social and political life. With all of the benefits that science has provided us, it seems inconceivable that we distrust the work of reputable scientists, but many ordinary people and some of those who would be our leaders evince deep suspicion about science.

    In recent years we have had continuing debates about creationism versus evolution, the safety of vaccines, and most vociferously in this election year about climate change.

  • Our values demand respect for life

    Counselors sometimes suggest “intentional reflection” to sort out personal values.

    Just as good physical health brings quality to living, attitudes and viewpoints determine happiness. People seem to do more reflecting as their years add up.

    Certainly there are values that last. I like remembering a decisive moment 70 years ago that made Christianity the instructive standard by which I live.