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Today's Opinions

  • LandCare group helps small farmers thrive

    Kudos to D.T. Clark for her excellent article on local small-scale farmers and the issues they face. It is clear that farmers are passionate about what they do and value working close to nature. It is also true that it is very hard to make a profit; the majority of small farmers have second jobs that provide necessary income for what they sometimes refer to as their “hobby.”
    Some may think of this work as a throwback to an earlier time, simply hanging on to tradition. But they couldn’t be more wrong.

  • Reader shares Mothers Day poem

    She watches us grow from a little sprout.
    Our banged up knees and when we pout.
    Mother is there to help us out.
    As we grow up and move out, it hurts
    Mother, there’s no doubt.
    And when we come home with our wounded pride.
    There is one who stands by our side,
    Mother!
    As her eyes grow dim with age and time.
    So many memories are left behind.
    Although her hair has turned gray
    She is still beautiful anyway, Mother.
    No matter what heart ache we have to bear
    Mother is always there

  • Replace animal foods with alternatives

    With the 47th annual observance of Earth Day having just occurred, this is a great time to explore more effective ways of slowing climate change and conserving earth’s natural resources for future generations.
    A 2010 United Nations report charged animal agriculture with 19 percent of man-made greenhouse gases— more than all transport — and recommended a global shift to a vegan diet.

  • Sheriff addresses questions about response times

    When contacted by The Gazette to answer questions raised by a Hotline caller, Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan responded with this piece. We are running it today as a guest column, as it is longer than a traditional Hotline response.
    Below is the original call that the sheriff is addressing:

  • Research shows truth of climate change

    Most scientists, myself included, accept that man-made climate change is happening.
    We have seen the evidence as a result of our work in our various disciplines. The world is getting warmer no matter what any individual chooses to believe. The only responsible choices that we have are: Can we minimize the effects and can we prepare for the already irreversible consequences. If we decide to be irresponsible and ignore the scientific evidence, our lives will be much harder than if we address the issues now.

  • Thoughts from a non-partisan voter

    Vote country not party. Parties can divide. Americans strive to unite.
    See beyond the nose, not just right or left.
    The truth isn’t always politically correct.
    All lives, everywhere, matter.
    Common sense is an intrinsic part of intellect.
    Respect the law. Protest bad policy.
    A “healthy” fear of terrorism is not bigotry.
    Evaluate public’s needs vs “wants.”
    More encouragement of education and initiative vs. automatically increasing entitlements.

  • Historic 1908 Courthouse was saved 30 years ago

    Laura A. Bryant of Independence is president of the 1908 Courthouse Foundation

    Thirty years ago the Grayson County Supervisors placed the 1908 Courthouse for sale to the highest bidder on the new courthouse steps.

    Much controversy, speculation, public meetings, speeches, newspaper articles and other pressures led to this decision.

    Dan Baldwin, then president of the Nautilus International plant and lifelong Grayson citizen, bought the landmark and gave it to citizens of the county.

  • Tobacco Commission needs public input

    The Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission was created by the Virginia General Assembly in 1999 as a mechanism to manage proceeds awarded to the state from the national tobacco settlement.
    The commission has awarded nearly 2,000 grants totaling more than $1 billion to promote education and workforce development opportunities and stimulate economic growth across the tobacco region of Virginia.