Today's Opinions

  • Re-elect Herrington as Grayson court clerk

    On Nov. 3, 2015, the voters of Grayson County and the North and South precincts of Galax will vote for the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Grayson County.  I am writing to give the reasons why I support the re-election of Susan Herrington as Clerk.  
    As a lawyer practicing in our area for the past 18 years, I have dealt with clerk’s offices on a regular basis. This includes Grayson County Circuit Court, where Susan Herrington served as deputy clerk under Mr. Charles Sturgill and then for the past 8 years as Clerk after her election in 2007.  

  • Gardner has honesty, integrity and faith

    I would like to share my experience of knowing and working with Sheriff J.B. Gardner.
    The first word that comes to my mind is honesty. I have known him for 30 years and there is no doubt in my mind he is one of the most honest men I know and have worked with.
    Another word that describes him is integrity. If you have ever been around him at all, this needs no explanation.

  • Hill has combat-tested leadership

    Politics are as ugly as you make it. Not all people running for office have a score to settle. Some actually run to help make the county a better place to live.
    David Hutchins has done a good job for the things he has worked on but I feel that there is a need for change and Rex Hill is the one that can make a difference.
    My husband doesn’t want to be a politician, he just wants to serve Carroll County, that’s why he is running as a conservative independent. He is passionate about helping Carroll County.

  • Virginia should expand Medicaid coverage

    What would 400,000 Virginia citizens working low-wage jobs have if they lived in a different state than ours?
    Healthcare coverage, via Medicaid expansion.
    This issue has fallen off the radar since the General Assembly refuses to consider accepting federal funds to provide this coverage.
    Let me remind you what this issue is about and why our legislators are denying healthcare to a huge number of people, many in Southwest Virginia.

  • Not the time for change in Sulphur Springs

    I write to ask that the folks of Sulphur Springs District of Carroll County vote to keep David Hutchins on the Carroll County Board of Supervisors.
    We hear about change all of the time, however now is not the time to change. We also hear about good alternatives, however the solid and true are the best.
    We have seen the most positive growth in Carroll County during the time that David Hutchins has served, that there probably has ever been.

  • Manning endorses Goad for Carroll sheriff

    As retired sheriff for Carroll County, I am honored to endorse Shannon Goad for sheriff of Carroll County.
    Goad has more than 20 years of invaluable law enforcement experience.
    I have seen Goad develop his career from a dispatcher, jailor, road deputy, investigator to being a candidate for sheriff. I am confident that his professional leadership and conservative values will have a positive impact on Carroll County.

  • Hawks is best choice for clerk of court

    My great pleasure in writing is to endorse B.P. “Phil” Hawks for clerk of circuit court for Carroll County and the east side of the City of Galax.
    Hawks worked as a deputy clerk in that office for two years. The experience inspired him to seek public office. In the Republican primary in May, he won the honor of being the Republican candidate for clerk.
    He is ready to lead by keeping what is efficient in the office and to enhance what is ready for change. He is ready to be part of the justice system and keeper of the records.

  • Patrick County sheriff supports Gardner

    It has always intrigued me as to the reasons why people run for sheriff. It really doesn’t matter where you have ever lived, the motivations behind the decision seem to be the same.
    If you reflect on past elections, or maybe even look at the current race, some of the following “motivations” may be familiar to you. So here goes my list.