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Today's Opinions

  • 'Miracle' worker

    Teachers are known for dipping into their wallets and purses to pay for supplies for their classes. If construction paper or paintbrushes aren't in the school budget, they gladly sacrifice for the good of their students.
    But this year, the needs in the financially struggling Grayson County school system required more than some spare change — it brought about a change in the way the community looks at funding education.

  • God have mercy on America

    The Fourth of July, a day of freedom of Independence.
    Yes, we have freedom.
    Freedom to kill unborn babies, freedom for men to marry men and women to marry women.
    Freedom to turn our churches into a place to watch a movie, have a fashion show or buy and sell, when Christ said my house shall be called by all nations a house of prayer.
    Freedom to see ungodliness everywhere you go.
    The just will suffer, as well as the unjust.
    You say, God bless America?
    God have mercy on America.
    Judy Gravley

  • Keep 'holiday spirit' all year 'round

    July 2nd was the halfway point of 2010.
    It's hard to believe that 6 months have passed since Christmas... and speaking of the holidays, we see an influx of family members and church groups and volunteers in the month of December at our local nursing home. It seems like the holidays just bring out a generous Christian spirit in people.
    Well, as activity director at Grayson Nursing, I would like to challenge those in the community to reach out to our residents at this time of year also.

  • Choose responsible leaders

    I hope the citizens of Grayson County can see now that through the years our elected supervisors have not had the best interests of the people in their hearts.
    We've known for many years that our taxes needed to be increased, but our supervisors chose not to do the right thing, which would have been to increase the tax rate a few pennies here and a few pennies there, as recommended by our county treasurer.
    But did anybody listen? No.

  • Putting ICE on it

    Illegal aliens that commit crimes shouldn't be able to slip through the dragnet with the advent of the Secure Communities initiative.
    Law enforcement officials everywhere — even Arizona — have no doubt hailed the announcement of the new Immigration and Customs Enforcement effort.
    A new database launched by ICE will streamline the process of identifying criminal aliens involved in police investigations.

  • Letters to the Editor for 6/28/10

    Class, not faith, a factor
    Until the hollering died down, the June 10 zoning hearing in Grayson County felt kind of like a witch hunt.
    But having thought it over, I’m starting to wonder if it might be more of a class war.
    A Loudoun County resident, Laura George, had requested a special use permit (rural commercial) west of Independence on Battlefield Road by the New River. She proposed five cabins, each holding two people, and a school building to house classes taught by her Oracle Institute staff.

  • Our beliefs are not that different

    Editor's note: On June 10, the Grayson County Board of Supervisors held a zoning hearing to consider The Oracle Institute's request for a special use permit to create a spiritual retreat in the county. The board heard from 29 speakers, most of whom vehemently opposed the idea on religious grounds — which are not to be considered in a zoning hearing. The board rejected the request that night, saying it would be detrimental to citizens' health, safety and welfare.

  • Letters to the Editor for 6/21/10

    Saving shelter animals
    Upon visiting the regional animal shelter in Galax last week, I learned that there is a great need for help to those who sit on death row. Animals, in particular.
    A mere $15 would save a life, no matter which one — an adorable kitten who sits among others with that look of "knowing I'm going to die unless you help me" in their eye, or a dog with that "same look."
    Why are we not going to the pound? Does it bother us to look into their faces and see the hopelessness?