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Today's Opinions

  • Sheriff's hiring practices questioned

    When I announced my candidacy for sheriff, I outlined my plans for hiring employees of the sheriff’s office.
    Grayson County is 443 square miles, which makes it important for deputies to be available to respond quickly in an emergency.
    At times there may only be two or three deputies on patrol to cover 443 square miles, therefore off-duty deputies may be called upon to respond from their home, hence the purpose of deputies driving county-owned vehicles to their residence.

  • Cutting Saturday delivery no answer to postal dilemma

    Donald J. Hall Jr. is president and chief executive of Hallmark Cards Inc.

  • Sheriff deserves voters' support

    Four years ago, a new day dawned in Grayson County law enforcement annals. Richard Vaughan, an independent candidate, was elected sheriff.
    Vaughan, who is trained in police science and administration, has years of quality related work experience.
    In 2007, he covered Grayson, holding community meetings, to explain his platform. Citizens were impressed with Richard’s sincerity, devotion to law enforcement as his “calling” and with the skills and qualifications he could offer for our county’s most visible and important job.

  • ELECTION LETTERS NOTICE

     

  • Finding editorial enlightenment

    Being born and raised in Grayson County, but away for the past 30 years, I am scheduled to return shortly to retirement.
    Thanks to the enlightenment in a recent guest editorial, I am able to draw factual conclusions concerning Laura George’s proposal to build the Oracle Institute in Grayson County.
    It is difficult to perceive the opposition she received from evangelistic groups.

  • Vote to keep Littrell on Carroll board

    As an assistant scoutmaster with Troop 188, I have known Tom Littrell for nearly four years where Tom is the scoutmaster.
    While I do not always agree with him, he is a great example of the Scout Law. He is trustworthy and always attempts to do the right thing as he understands it.
    If you want a trustworthy and unselfish supervisor, vote to keep Tom in office.
    Charles E. Rand
    Galax

     

  • 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.