• Halloween glorifies violence

    The day after the massacre of people in Pittsburgh, the liberal Sunday morning special on CBS had an insensitive, detailed description and discussion of horror movies prepared by Hollywood for Halloween.
    I think Halloween should be a harvest festival and should be to honor the departed souls in anticipation of rebirth in spring and in Christ. There is too much violence in film and fiction and then it comes to fruition. Hollywood and much of the media are guilty of incitement.

  • Do something about it: vote

    In dedication to a 30-year veteran police officer killed in the line of duty, our veterans were the cost of freedom and democracy is not free. Freedom comes with blood, sweat and tears and to the citizens, voters and all who really care about the country where its needed.

  • Flaccavento is 'one of us'

    In all my years of following politics, I have never seen a candidate who matched the needs of their electorate more than Anthony Flaccavento in the Virginia 9th District. He is a farmer and entrepreneur from Southwest Virginia who works with the land. He is a hard worker and is sincere in his efforts to help the floundering economy of our region.

  • Searching for what’s been accomplished

    There has been a change in the tone of Morgan Griffith’s newsletters, which might be attributed to the fact that he has a serious challenger in Anthony Flaccavento.
    Usually, he muses about a wide range of subjects, but he has a dearth of substantive accomplishments to tout.

  • Differences between political parties

    How do you know when you’re old enough to know better? God, common sense and honesty.
    God gave us 10 commandments and his son preached them. Too many false profits and holy-rollers love to mislead us. The 10 commandments are all you need.
    Common sense is understanding and realizing if someone is telling the truth or simply after their vote.
    Three excellent examples of difference in political parties:
    1. Democrats gave us Social Security in 1935. For over 80 years, Republicans have tried to take it away. They are talking about it now.

  • 9th District’s economy has stagnated

    By voting on Nov. 6, we the everyday people of the 9th Congressional District have the opportunity to make a choice of going along with the rich and powerful or standing up for legislation to meet the needs of the working class in this district and the USA.
    For eight years with Morgan Griffith as our representative, our economy has stagnated. Many talented youth leave this area to find appropriate jobs elsewhere. Our health insurance premiums and prescription drug prices continually increase.

  • Vote for a better future for district

    In 1966, I came to live and work in Southwest Virginia. Since then I’ve known and personally spoken with each congressman who has served here — Tuck, Daniels, Wampler, Boucher — the only exception is Rep. Morgan Griffith.
    I would’ve gladly talked to Griffith, too, but despite my appointments in the Carroll, Wise, Lee and Scott county-seat towns and my ever-lengthening retirement years in Grayson County, I’ve never met, or even seen, Congressman Griffith.

  • Support the candidate supporting you

    I’m voting for Anthony Flaccavento because I care about Grayson County’s future. Since having been elected in 2011, can you name one thing  Mr. Griffith has done for Grayson County? I know, me neither.

  • Delayed bills cause benefit problems

    Delayed light bills keep those on cooling assistance from getting their benefits.
    The cut-off on Social Services accepting light bills is Aug. 14. Anyone who receives his or her light bill after the 15th will not be paid.
    Social Services should extend their cut-off date to benefit those entitled to it.
    If you aren’t getting this benefit, call your caseworker. They should know how many haven’t received their cooling assistance because of this discrepancy and you can file an appeal.

  • Our declining 9th District rural areas

    glected for too long.
    Our Main Streets are lined with empty stores. Two hospitals have closed. Young families are leaving in droves to seek employment.
    Teachers are underpaid. Some schools have buckets in classrooms to catch the water from leaking roofs.
    Bridges and culverts are deemed the worst in Virginia. Broadband is still not available in many rural areas. Our power grid is outdated. Some schools lack air conditioning, forcing cancellation of classes on hot days.
    Many small communities are beginning to look like ghost towns.