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Today's Opinions

  • Fight to keep training center open

    I’m the sister of two profoundly retarded intellectually- and developmentally-disabled brothers (Larry and Danny Holmes) who have made their home at Southwestern Virginia Training Center in Hillsville since 1997.
    In January 2012, Gov. McDonnell announced his intention to close all five training centers of Virginia by June 2020.

  • Congress overtaken by socialists

    I am concerned about what is going on in our country. Eighty of our congressmen have professed to be socialists/communists. The majority of these have infiltrated the Democrat party, but I expect some are Republicans as well.
    Our constitution is under attack. Mr. Obama has signed 923 executive orders, more than all of the other presidents in American history.   
    Congress passed a bill eliminating Senate confirmation hearings of some presidential appointees. The list goes on.

  • ELECTION LETTERS NOTICE: UPDATED

    The deadline has passed to submit letters and rebuttals concerning the Nov. 6 election, for publication in The Gazette.

    Letters were accepted until Oct. 17 and rebuttal letters were accepted until Oct. 24.

    Several letters submitted after Oct. 17 were rejected because they either missed the deadline or did not meet the standards for a rebuttal.

    No letters were submitted that met the rebuttal criteria for publication in the Oct. 29 edition of The Gazette.

  • A political parable

    In political seasons, satire helps breaks my fatigue with political campaigning:
    While crossing a street in Washington, a U.S. senator is flattened by an 18-wheeler. He dies and is standing in front of Saint Peter.
    Saint Peter looks through his book and says, “This is most unusual. You must spend 24 hours in heaven, followed by 24 hours in hell, and then chose where you will spend eternity.”
    The senator shouts, “I’ll take heaven!”

  • People of faith support Obama

    As a Christian, I am a proud supporter of President Barack Obama.
    There really is no other option. Jesus makes plain what is required of people of faith.
    As He is dividing the sheep and goats, He offers clear explanation: “in as much as you have done it unto the least of these my brothers, you have done it unto me.”
    Who are the least of these? The poor, the elderly, the young, the strangers in our land. We are called to care for these people, not to dismiss them.

  • We can't afford to keep Obama

    During my working years I was fortunate to earn enough that I could occasionally invest small amounts toward retirement income.
    Over time, the interest on these investments accrued to an amount that I was able to live comfortably in my retirement.
    However, during these last three years this retirement income has decreased significantly, causing me to wonder what the actual percentage of this income loss would be?

  • A class war in Southwest Virginia

    Joe Wilson’s Oct. 1 guest editorial about the Crooked Road probably won’t convert the people he’s talking to, but it does shed some light on the class war we have in Southwest Virginia.
    Many people who have been on this land for a couple of hundred years were impoverished immigrants at the start. Many of us stayed poor.
    I appreciate Joe’s kind words about gentle Christianity, but I don’t see much of it here.
    I don’t enjoy that closed mindset, but I understand wanting to hold tight to whatever you have left.

  • Crooked Road is not political

    Joe Wilson of Fries is a co-founder of The Crooked Road, Virginia's heritage music trail; and former director of the National Council for the Traditional Arts.