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Today's Opinions

  • Lamie would put aside politics

    I’m writing to encourage readers to vote for John Lamie for Virginia State Senate.
    I believe that Mr. Lamie will work hard to recruit new jobs to Southwest Virginia. He cares about strengthening our region’s agricultural economy and helping preserve family farms.
    As a small business owner, he has the experience to encourage the growth of small businesses in our area.

  • Reynolds is best choice for SWVA

    I am writing in support of Roscoe Reynolds for State Senate.
    I don’t know about others, but my mailbox has been besieged by mailings from the Bill Stanley campaign (all of which end up in the trash), which makes me wonder how much Koch brothers money or Karl Rove’s political action committee money is involved.
    The Republican propaganda machine is hard at work giving partial truths about voting records and stands that Reynolds has supported.

  • Candidate is man of high character

    I support Richard Vaughan for sheriff of Grayson County.
    I grew up in Grayson County and still have a residence there. Although I vote in my primary residence elections, I feel compelled to write a letter in support of Richard.
    I have known Richard and his family for many years and I consider him to be a man of the highest moral integrity. He carries out his duties as sheriff with a high degree of intelligence (as witnessed by his most recent award) and with a high degree of integrity.

  • Burnett exemplifies integrity, values

    I have been fortunate to have worked for some of the top military leaders in the U.S. Army.
    I have great admiration and respect for Major Gen. Robert B. Abrams, commanding general for the 3rd Infantry Division and son of legendary Vietnam War Gen. Creighton Abrams (for whom the Army named its biggest tank).
    I often reflect on his command philosophy and how it relates to our nation as the most dominating military force on earth. Here are a few examples of his philosophy and how it relates to the philosophy [candidate] Mark Burnett lives and works by every day:

  • Candidate would fight against drugs

    Richard A. Vaughan is more than qualified to be re-elected as sheriff of Grayson County.
    He is a Christian, honest, and more important, against drugs.
    For those of you who are not aware, a drug addict will kill you for a dollar. Our area is a corridor for drugs. That is a big sign.
    Resources are limited, but we are working on funding.
    If you don’t exercise the right to vote, don’t criticize the results. Snooze and lose.
    P.S. Del. Bill Carrico would probably agree.
    Bette Hoilman
    Fries

  • Sheriff has made roads safer

    Since he was elected in 2007, Sheriff Richard Vaughan has dedicated himself to doing what is right, without cutting corners for political reasons.
    One situation he has improved is the safety of our highways. Grayson County’s fatality rate from automobile crashes was one of the highest in the state before he took office.
    Our sheriff began a traffic safety program, and as a result, the number of crashes and fatalities has drastically dropped.

  • Sheriff's hiring practices questioned

    When I announced my candidacy for sheriff, I outlined my plans for hiring employees of the sheriff’s office.
    Grayson County is 443 square miles, which makes it important for deputies to be available to respond quickly in an emergency.
    At times there may only be two or three deputies on patrol to cover 443 square miles, therefore off-duty deputies may be called upon to respond from their home, hence the purpose of deputies driving county-owned vehicles to their residence.

  • Cutting Saturday delivery no answer to postal dilemma

    Donald J. Hall Jr. is president and chief executive of Hallmark Cards Inc.