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Today's Opinions

  • Congratulations to Twin County Regional

    Congratulations to Twin County Regional Hospital [for being named a top U.S. hospital by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals].
    I have always told everyone I meet that we have the best hospital. I know, because I have been a patient and my late husband was a patient many times.
    We both received the best attention from everyone.
    Jane Newman
    Fries

  • Is 'Adequate Yearly Progress' an adequate measure?

    Chris Braunlich is vice president of the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy and a member of the Virginia State Board of Education. The views expressed here are his own.  He may be reached at c.braunlich@att.net. This column was shortened for space considerations.

    I still have my notes from nine years ago.
    Speaking at a dinner meeting hosted by the Thomas Jefferson Institute, then-Virginia School Board President Mark Christie argued that “No Child Left Behind” (NCLB) was doomed to failure.

  • Safety was never compromised

    This is in response to a recent letter concerning the school resource officer program at Grayson County High School and CATE Center. The letter implied the safety of our campus has been compromised.
    While I am a Grayson County school administrator, this letter represents my own beliefs and opinions and in no way is intended to represent the school system or its employees.
    As an administrator on the GCHS campus, I feel that we have a solid working relationship with all local law enforcement agencies, particularly with Sheriff Vaughan and the sheriff’s office.

  • God & Grayson County

    The Rev. Laura M. George, J.D., is executive director of the Oracle Institute in Independence

  • Congratulations to TCRH on ranking

    The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals, a well-respected non-profit monitor of quality in health-care facilities, has published a list of the 405 best hospitals in the U.S., based on scores it gives from exhaustive inspections of these facilities, their practices and their outcomes.
    I was thrilled to see Twin County Regional Hospital on this list! We can be very proud of our local facility.

  • Statements about Grayson sheriff are unfair

    Recent critical statements made about Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan are entirely unfair.
    Contrary to these statements, Sheriff Vaughan has been extremely proactive in identifying and eliminating criminal behavior in our community.
    Shortly after being elected to office he was required to address the three Hammer murders, and did so admirably.
    Sheriff Vaughan is consistently in touch with the community, listens to our concerns and solves any kind of problem with which we are confronted.

  • Corporations control our lives

    Several people have asked me why I am no longer working at [a local retailer].
    The truth of the matter is that I was fired because a customer complained about the content of my Facebook page.
    I would like to offer this bit of advice: folks, be careful what you say and do in your personal life.
    Because it seems that now, not only can corporations work you part-time with low wages and minimal benefits, but they can also control your life even when you are not working. Scary, isn’t it?
    Roger D. Barr
    Fancy Gap

  • Christ is the only path to spiritual truth

    I have just read Laura George’s website concerning the Oracle Institute.
    A definition of oracle might be a seat of worship used by ancient Romans and Greeks to consult their gods for answers.
    Some religions are based strictly on a system of laws. No one, then or now, was or is able to keep those laws. Therefore, God realized a need for a savior. Sending Jesus and the cross to atone for sin and to destroy the power of sin. Truth begins here and will prevail.