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Today's Opinions

  • Why did governor veto virtual public school bill?

    Gov. McAuliffe vetoed House Bill 8, which would have created a statewide full-time virtual public school with grades K-12.
    Right now in Virginia we have the Virginia Virtual Academy, which my family is enrolled in. However, the current school is only grades K-7 and has 500 students  statewide.
    Virtual education has worked for my family and as a parent I wanted my student enrolled in this program because it offered the best learning environment.

  • Wayne Kilby of Whitetop remembered

    We buried Wayne Kilby on April 13 in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.
    He came from Whitetop, and we got to know each other after I moved back to these mountains in 2003.
    Wayne looked tough and behaved gently. He wore a head rag and leather vest and serious boots, and he sold his motorcycle with great regret.
    He did a full tour of duty in Vietnam, but he never talked about it. He could be stern when he needed to, but I never saw him be mean to anybody.

  • People to blame for aggressive pit bulls

    While the mauling death of a child is unquestioningly tragic, the frenzy to lay the blame on a specific breed of  dog becomes a political agenda more than an act of justice sought.
    Politicians and mainstream media become more focused on the dog as the source of evil, much in the same way as the debate over guns when shooting tragedies occur.
    Pit bulls as a breed are very loving in nature, eager to please and easy to train. Historically this has made the breed a ready choice for “aggressive” tasks.

  • The nature (or nurture?) of the beast

    Recent news stories in the area concerning pit bull attacks have reawakened the tireless debate about whether the dog breed is a safe choice for a pet. Some believe that the fault of a pit bull attack rests on the shoulders of a neglectful or careless owner; while others believe that the breed has a predisposition to violence and that an attack is inevitable.

  • Dig deeper into facts on politics, economy

    Readers have commented on the recent wave of letters by the same writers. Those of us writing about topics we consider important care about our neighbors and this incredible area, my home since the early 1970s.
    To the caller about one person writing so many letters “complaining about everything that is wrong with this country and our society,” I suggest that that person is proposing constructive solutions that would help citizens of Grayson and Carroll more than the expressions of anger and misinformation that often appear in the anonymous Hotline.

  • Take break from news, feed your brain
  • State police executive director shares statistics

    Submitted by Colonel and Sheriff (Ret) M. Wayne Huggins, executive director of the Virginia State Police Association, on behalf of the VSPA Board of Directors

    Editor’s note: The article referred to by Huggins was also published in The Gazette. The statistics highlighted in the article were obtained from the Crime in Virginia Report from 2014.

    I am writing in response to the article that appeared in the “Declaration” on March 1, titled, “Sheriff Wants Fair Budget for Law Enforcement.”

  • We must respect life, or face spiritual consequences

    On a recent airing of the Glenn Beck radio program, a guest proposed that U.S. strategy against ISIS should include outright murder of ISIS family members — presumably women and children alike.

    Beck heartily concurred. Waterboarding and other means of torture were mentioned in a favorable light.

    Sadly, what these individuals fail to understand in their zeal is the very nature and purpose for mankind’s existence, as demonstrated by how we treat one another.