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Today's Opinions

  • Kitts, Clinton, Kaine are best choices

    On Nov. 8, the voters in the 9th Congressional District of Virginia will choose their next U.S. Congressman and vote for the next president/vice president of the United States.
    They will also vote on two amendments to the Constitution of Virginia.
    The polls are open on election day between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m.
    I am voting for Derek W. Kitts for Congress. Kitts wants to continue the work that Rick Boucher started.  

  • People can't assign their own gender

    Regarding the Rev. John A. Duvall’s recent letter, there is little for the Christian to commend.
    We are made in God’s image and all humans, regardless of their stage of life, ethnicity, biological gender are worthy of dignity and protection from harm.
    That’s why abortion is wrong in every circumstance, racism deplorable, and hatred toward those with confused gender identity or wrongly-directed sexual attraction inexcusable.

  • An absence of decency in Trump's campaign

    There are Trump-Pence signs throughout Southwest Virginia on the lawns of good, honest people, but given the tone of the Republican presidential campaign, it taxes credulity that anybody could support the awful Trump-Pence ticket.

  • Last chance to register to vote

    Americans have perhaps never been as ideologically divided as they are in this election season.

    If that statement sounds familiar, it’s because you heard it during the 2012 election. Probably in 2008, too.

    Now, that divide has widened to a chasm that threatens to swallow up rational political discourse. As the two sides pull further apart on opposing sides of the abyss, it can be hard to even hear each other.

    Amid all the static, it can be easy to forget something vitally important — going out to vote on Nov. 8.

  • Ross withdraws from school board race

    I am writing to let the voters of Grayson County know that I am withdrawing from the November election for the at-large seat on the Grayson County School Board.
    I want to thank everyone who has supported me and who gathered signatures to help me get on the ballot.
    I will be voting for Dr. Robert Benish and urge everyone to vote for him, also. I think he would do an excellent job for us on the school board.
    Ruth Ross
    Independence

  • Before condemning, try to understand sexuality

    Whenever election time rolls around, a group of us misfits, eccentrics, free thinkers, nonconformists, and independent voters tolerate each other long enough to debate the worlds of politics, hemorrhoid remedies, power manipulation and fertilizer options.
    One of the few agreed-upon points was the fact that we, as minority voters, are not properly represented, or appreciated.

  • Dwell on the past or stumble towards future

    I am responding to the presidential debate between Clinton and Trump.
    It seems that through the whole debate it comes down to dwell in the past or stumble toward the future.
    Tax the rich is a non-starter. Of all people, Trump, a billionaire, was focusing on what most Americans are concerned about: the economy, federal deficit of $19.5 trillion, American companies going to Mexico, job losses, rules and regulations too tough on businesses to start up.
    There also was this kind of bully attitude shown during the debate.

  • Independent voters look for facts amid sales pitch

    Whenever election time rolls around, a group of us misfits, eccentrics, free thinkers, nonconformists, and independent voters tolerate each other long enough to debate the worlds of politics, hemorrhoid remedies, power manipulation and fertilizer options.
    One of the few agreed-upon points was the fact that we, as minority voters, are not properly represented, or appreciated.