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Today's Opinions

  • Budget cut could be harmful to Twin Counties

    As someone who was born and raised in Grayson County, I take a personal interest in the wellbeing of the region.
    Among many topics nationally that concern me in terms of the impact on the Twin Counties, the recent federal budget proposal is one.
    This budget seeks to reduce funding to numerous agencies, including Community Development Block Grants, the Appalachian Regional Commission, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

  • Political apointees are not civil servants

    In response to Kathy Cole’s March 6 letter about civil servants…
    She is correct in saying that President Trump sees the executive branch as his personal employees whom he can replace for any reason. This is to ensure that all political employees are in tune with his agenda.
    So Sally Yates, the acting attorney general, was not a civil servant, but rather a political appointee of President Obama’s and would have been replaced within a week or so.

  • Congressman needs to attend town halls

    Our last Congress was the least productive in American history and its favorability rating was the lowest ever!
    Rep. Morgan Griffith’s job is to represent “we the people,” and in order to do that, he must hear our voices by scheduling town hall meetings throughout his district.
    We have many serious problems which have intensified and they can only be solved by “we the people” getting Involved!

  • Letter writer's opinion not appreciated

    Editor’s note: This letter is in response to a letter from retired pastor John Duvall, which ran in the Feb. 27 edition of The Gazette.

    After reading your rhetoric in The Gazette, I quickly decided I will and most others will take the word of Franklin Graham and Jerry Falwell Jr. over yours any day.
    Why don’t you move to another country and take those other cry babies that said they were moving with you? I will chip in for some gas.
    Maybe the good folks of Comers Rock will just ride you out of town on a rail.

  • Slow drivers keep right, or else

    The next time you’re driving down a highway in Virginia, late for an appointment, and you find traffic knotted behind somebody dawdling in the passing lane, ask yourself how much that inconvenience is worth.

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe thought left-lane squatters should face a fine of $100 if they won’t move into the travel lanes; the initial legislative proposal from Del. Israel O’Quinn (who represents Galax and Grayson County) called for fines of $250.

  • Civil servants carry out laws, not executive whims

    President Trump apparently sees the executive branch as his personal employees, who must agree with him and do his bidding or be fired.
    The most obvious indicator was his firing of the acting attorney general when she judged his immigration order as potentially illegal (having not been consulted beforehand).
    He also accepted the pro forma resignation letters of the deputy secretaries at state, leaving a dangerous dearth of experience and knowledge in that crucial department.

  • Have respect for Carroll: stop littering

    My concern and reason for writing is trash and other household objects that are littered on and in the road in the area where I live.
    Carroll County is such a beautiful place to live, yet beer  cans and fast food wrappers, mattresses and other junk litter the roadsides.  
    People decide to throw it out of their vehicle windows for the people and animals in this area to deal with. I thought littering is illegal. Where is the enforcement?

  • Flying tattered flag is disrespectful

    There is a local business with a flag on a pole in such a deplorable state.
    The stripes are torn almost up to the stars. The flag’s red stripes are orange, in addition to our flag being in shreds.
    I was told the owner is a veteran. Last year, his flag was in poor shape and I went there with a free flag, if he would give me the torn flag. He did not want my flag, but did put up another two weeks later.
    Now this year, this flag is far worse than last year’s.
    How can any American with a conscience let our flag fly in shreds?