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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • KKK's ideology at odds with biblical teachings

    This letter is in response to the KKK activity you have reported on.
    To the KKK: The Bible teaches that we have all come from the same original parents, Adam and Eve, we are all “one blood.”
    Your irrational, ungodly, hateful “theology” does not come from the God of the Bible.
    When Aaron and Miriam, Moses’ brother and sister, criticized him for marrying an Ethiopian woman, God severely judged them:

  • Those who wish to stay at training center should have that option

    Last week marked a milestone in an ongoing fight to save the Southwest Virginia Training Center — one of five state facilities for the developmentally and intellectually disabled.

    Del. Jeff Campbell filed House Bill 1614, which seeks to prohibit the closure of the Hillsville facility, along with the Southeastern Virginia Training Center in Chesapeake. So far, the bill has made its way to the House of Delegates’ Committee on Appropriations.

  • 'Obamacare and the Old Folks Home' — a poem

    My years on earth

    are slipping away.

    My hair from red

    has turned to gray.

    The old folks home

    is waiting for me.

    I’ll go in hearing-impaired

    and probably with Alzheimer’s Disease.

    From Washington

    I never hear good news.

    It’s always about Obamacare,

    Nothing that would help me and you.

    Promises and more promises

    that’s all they seem to do,

    and farther and farther away

    they all stray from truth.

  • Boucher: first step in ending gridlock

    Rick Boucher, former Democratic congressman from Virginia’s 9th District, is co-chair of the Virginia Commission on Integrity and Public Confidence in State Government, appointed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe. In Congress, he represented the Twin Counties and Southwest Virginia for more than two decades.

    The gerrymandering of state legislative and congressional districts is a bipartisan offense. Members of the Virginia Commission on Integrity and Public Confidence in State Government are proposing a bipartisan solution.