Today's Opinions

  • Change is needed in sheriff's department

    We’ve come a long way in Carroll County the past few years. I have been proud to serve as your supervisor at large for three terms. Thank you for your support and confidence.
    One of my campaign goals was for water and sewer services at all Interstate 77 exits. We now have that and much more.
    As my tenure expires, I have a major concern that we are changing from a fiscal conservative county. All departments of Carroll should spend carefully to keep taxes affordable. Most of them do with the exception of the sheriff’s department.

  • Support your local farmers' markets

    Grayson County 4-H members are encouraged to explore their interests and do projects throughout the year to gain skills and experiences to help them prepare for their future. “Monica Osborne has an interest in communications and a passion for supporting local farmers’ markets,” said Erin Cox of Grayson 4-H. “She wrote the following review with the hope of creating awareness and reminding locals of the goods that are available to them.”

  • Spay, neuter cats to avoid overpopulation

    Oct. 16 is National Feral Cat Day, a day to think about all the outdoor cats in our neighborhoods.
    This year more than ever I have seen cats and kittens needing homes. Many people are finding kittens on the side of the road, or even in the road. The good news is that there is a simple solution to reducing the unwanted cat population. No cat needs to starve, freeze or wander into the road to meet their untimely end. Plus, helping save lives makes you feel good.

  • Gun control doesn't negate gun rights

    Attention all gun owners.
    For quite a few years, some of you have been buying all the guns you can because you heard that the government is coming to take them away.
    Well, have you noticed that for years now, no one has come to take your guns away, and in fact it has been just as easy today as when that “rumor” got started, to buy just about what you want?
    This false rumor was a way for gun manufacturers and gun advocate groups to make a ton of money. It has worked beautifully.

  • Hutchins has proven leadership skills

    Politics is ugly. Politics can be vindictive.
    Politics can be about personal aspirations to settle a score?  A score that is often unwarranted and ill-founded.
    Where do you stand as a voter? Intermingled with the personal politics? Or do you care about seeing Carroll County move forward?
    Or, would you bet your vote on someone who has not held public office? A gamble not worth taking! We have seen firsthand a community organizer turned politician?

  • Re-elect Herrington as Grayson court clerk

    Please consider casting your vote for Susan Herrington for clerk of Grayson County Circuit Court.
    While serving as a real estate title examiner in Southwest Virginia for almost 25 years, I have had the opportunity to observe Ms. Herrington’s work as a deputy clerk, then chief deputy, and finally, for the past eight years as clerk.
    Her thoroughly modern approach to accomplishing the many and varied tasks assigned to the clerk makes her  
    office an especially efficient place to do research.

  • Are we on the road to another war?

    We are now dealing with the aftermath of long, costly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
    We have expended money and lives to achieve nothing, except perhaps the collapse of both countries. Blame is being promulgated about responsibility, particularly for the debacle in Iraq.
    Much of this comes from Republican candidates for president who condemn President Obama for pulling our troops out of Iraq.
    None of them learned from Vietnam that military might does not ensure victory when we support corrupt regimes. That was true in Vietnam, and it is true in Iraq.

  • Writer endorses Goad for Carroll court clerk

    I am thrilled that my dear friend Gerald Goad is running for Clerk of Circuit Court in Carroll County.
    I know that Carroll County will be in good hands by putting Gerald in a leadership position.
    I hate politics, so you’ll rarely hear me comment on them, but when you’re dealing with a guy like Gerald, one can’t help but be in his corner.
    He is one of the most pure-hearted and morally driven people I have known and to have him in office serving the community he loves would only prove beneficial.