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Today's Opinions

  • Rick Boucher is one of us

     Who is Morgan Griffith? 

    Frankly, I don’t know him, and that’s my point. He plodded around here during the Leaf & String Festival, handing out fliers, but since then, I’ve seen no effort to capture my vote.

    Here’s what I do know: he’s attempting to represent a district in which he has never lived.

  • Griffith campaign has been negative

     While reading the local newspaper I saw yet another example of the breakdown of campaign finance regulations because of the Citizens United Supreme Court case.

    There was a nasty ad with no truth but the usual “smear and fear” against our Congressman Boucher. There have been plenty “smear and fear” ads on our local TV stations against Boucher, too.

    The nasty, anonymous ads continue to push all the buzz words and slogans that Griffith and his cohorts are hoping will win out over the substance that Rick Boucher has to offer.

  • Vote to reclaim our liberties

    Samuel Adams once wrote, “No people will tamely surrender their liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused and virtue is preserved.

    “On the contrary, when people are universally ignorant, and debauched in their manners, they will sink under their own weight without the aid of foreign invaders.”

    It was true in 1775, and I believe it is no less true in 235 years later.

  • Boucher has served 9th District well

     The National Republican Party is throwing lots of money toward its candidate for the 9th Congressional District seat held by Rep. Rick Boucher.

    Their candidate, Morgan Griffith, does not live in this district and he has no plans to move. He lives in Salem. That is akin to a stranger coming to your home and telling you how to run your household.

  • Sitting this election out

     The congressional election is nearly here, and I continue to read lavish promises, endorsements, and supposed service records of the candidates.

    Some think Rep. Boucher’s visionary work renders him close to walking on water for constituents.

    I cannot resist pointing out he’s still doing precious little, particularly recently, for 28 years of voter loyalty.

    Towns and cities in the 9th District have seen factory doors slam shut, and thousands traded pink slips for their livelihood.

  • ELECTION LETTERS NOTICE — UPDATE

     Election Letters Notice

    The Gazette accepted letters to the editor concerning the Nov. 2 election until noon on Oct. 21, for publication in the Oct. 25 newspaper. No more campaign-related letters will be accepted.

    Rebuttal letters ONLY will be accepted until noon on Oct. 28, for publication in the Nov. 1 newspaper.

  • Good news, bad news

    Carroll officials had to learn to take the bad with the good in education news in recent weeks.
    While standardized testing and attendance reports show that the schools continue to realize respectable results, school and county officials received a major reversal of fortune as they tried to plan for future facility needs.
    Educators would have finally been able to wrap up the more-than-a-decade-long facilities improvement program by adding the ninth grade to the high school and the sixth grade to the intermediate.

  • Electoral board concerned about decision

    The Carroll County School Board recently decided to hold school on Election Day.
    It has been a longstanding tradition in Carroll County that schools be closed on Election Day.
    The Carroll County Electoral Board has concerns regarding this change of operations.
    In an effort to maintain the high standards that citizens of Carroll County have become accustomed to, the electoral board has met with, and is working closely with, the school system to address concerns they have.