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Today's Opinions

  • Don't forget local politics

    It’s easy to understand why this year’s presidential election is a hot topic. Not only will the choices made this November severely impact the fate of our country for the next four years, I think all of us agree that we have some pretty extreme potentials on the ballot for the Oval Office seat.

  • Letter dedicated to victims of violence

    This letter is in dedication and memory of victims of violent crimes that continue to plague our society to no end.
    From the growing number of police officers killed in the line of duty, a 13-year-old killed for the thrill of it, children beaten and tortured to death, to families wiped out because of a black sheep member who lost their way in life.
    Not to forget domestic violence, where the numbers of victims are rising.
    Our nation seems to be numb to all of this. Politicians are AWOL. They are too busy fattening their own nest.

  • State budget proposals show smart progress

    A new two-year state budget emerged Feb. 21. Tinkering and negotiating remain before legislators depart Richmond, but the all-important spending document creates a favorable first impression.

    For starters, Virginia’s lawmakers appear at last to have abandoned the clap-trap about percentage budget growth versus per capita whatever. Virginia’s public finances ought to track its ambitions, not its annually adjusted demographics. This is work for doers, not clerks.

  • Sanders' proposals are realistic

    I urge citizens of Southwest Virginia to vote for Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary on March 1, no matter which party you normally support.
    Remember, you are free to vote in either the Republican or Democratic primary.
    Many people in our area support Donald Trump, but Trump, unlike Bernie, has not proposed any policies that would actually help citizens of Grayson County. Instead, his campaign is based on fear and hatred, values that Christians should reject.

  • A refreshing change in Grayson schools

    Last year, the Grayson County school system made headlines as it fought through a budget crisis and shifts in school administration. Concerned parent groups rallied in front of the school board office and crowded every meeting as the board discussed holes in the budget, cutting programs to spread the money out further, the loss of teaching positions, and how to pay the remainder of the bills and teacher salaries.

    This year, the school is making headlines again, but for a very different reason.

  • Area's drug problem should be obvious

    It seems that drug dealing and drug use among our young people in this area is totally out of control.
    Law enforcement is too worried about someone going a few miles over the speed limit. I counted 15 methamphetamine cases in the paper the other day. Is it me or is something wrong with this picture?
    Our young people are getting hooked on drugs while they just keep pouring into the area.
    If I were a police officer, if I had to lay out in mud and rain to catch these parasites, I would.

  • Right to marriage is settled — for everyone

    From the cold and unemotional view of the state, marriage is simply a contract between two people. Both willingly consent to the arrangement, and enforcement of the pact carries with it the full weight of the law.

    That was essentially the argument of the U.S. Supreme Court last year. Set aside the soaring, flowery language of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s majority opinion and one finds a straightforward argument about the constitutional protections that every American has a right to enjoy.

  • Sanders would bring back majority rule

    For 225 years, “majority rule” was a bedrock principle of our republic.
    In 2014, our Republican senators in Congress, through unprecedented use of the filibuster, ended “majority rule” and paralyzed our Republic! In doing so our Republicans blocked the will of “we the people.” That was revolutionary!
    Majorities of Democrat, independent and Republican voters wanted the following ideas or bills to become law:
    1: 73 percent of us wanted equal pay for equal work.
    2. 87 percent called for immigration reform.