Today's Opinions

  • Oracle vs. Grayson: The other side of the story
  • Oracle vs. Grayson: The other side of the story

    By Lewis and Joanie Walker of Independence

    When Laura George presented her proposed project, the Oracle Retreat Center, to the Grayson Board of Supervisors for approval on June 10, 2010, freedom of speech was exercised by 28 citizens.
    Sixteen others voiced their views through letters and phone calls.
    Though many of the remarks by local people expressed opposition on religious grounds, the board declined the project based on common sense building principles.

  • Resource officers should stay in schools

    Times have changed in our society and particularly in today’s public schools.
    Administrators in previous years addressed a painted football field before a big game or the mischievous theft of the school mascot.
    Today’s concerns are hit lists that threaten the safety of our students and teachers, as well as deadly weapons confiscated from lockers, back packs and vehicles.
    Great emphasis is placed on school fire drills and safe student evacuations. Thankfully, student deaths related to school fires are practically nonexistent.

  • God can't be separated from our nation

    Editor's note: This letter is in response to an editorial in the Aug. 22-23 edition, about a religious discrimination lawsuit against Grayson, filed by a group that says religion was at the root of the county denying a zoning request.

    In answer to the editorial that religion has no place…
    For the past few years, everything that mentions God’s name or has God’s name on it has been the source of fighting and lawsuits.

  • Americans caught in the middle

    What a sorry state of affairs that continues to plague our country.
    From a political tug of war in Congress and the White House over spending, a huge deficit that keeps growing, the name-calling and finger-pointing goes on.
    In the middle of this squabbling is the American people. Not only are children left behind, it is the workers, taxpayers, the breadwinners and the ones that don’t have a voice in decision-making.

  • Kroger helped Red Cross raise money

    Thanks to our friends at Kroger of Galax and its vendors for their support during the Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention when the Red Cross participated in a special Kroger Days celebration.
    Their staff provided a trailer from which we could serve our food items and even organized several bands to entertain our “diners!”
    We are extremely grateful for this opportunity to raise funds for vital disaster services, assistance to military families, and health and safety education in Carroll, Wythe, and Grayson counties as well as Galax city.

  • Religion has no place in zoning dispute

    Editor’s note: This editorial was originally published in The Roanoke Times in advance of a September trial in the Oracle Institute’s religious discrimination lawsuit against Grayson County. The trial has now been postponed until November.

    Laura George’s neighbors may not like her outspoken personality or her views on religion, but those matters have no place in a zoning decision.

  • Visit the Carroll County Fair

    Jessica Vass, 16, is a homeschool student, farmer, beekeeper, 4-H Livestock Club member and animal exhibitor from Carroll County