• More information needed on new industries

    I’ve been hearing a bunch of cloudy claptrap from our Grayson County supervisors about “job creation.” I have problems with their claim.
    The supervisors are not hiring or paying anybody.
    Recently they have been taking credit for decisions by three business firms which allegedly will locate in Grayson County (at undisclosed dates) and hire 300 people.

  • Employers should value their workers

    In light of recent low-wage earner strikes, there should be a book titled “How to Treat Employees for Dummies.”
    Highlights would read something like this.
    First, remember that employees are as vital to your business as the customer is. And that the employee stands “between” you and your customer.
    So the employee can make your customers happy, or they can make them very sad. And without your customers, you’re out of business. So it’s in your best interest to have “happy” employees. And how do you do that?

  • 'Smart' meters raise safety privacy concerns

    In an earlier letter, I encouraged readers to research the dangers of [AEP’s automated radio frequency meters]. There’s a wealth of scientific and medical research showing the meters to be unsafe. I recommend www.takebackyourpower.com, www.stopsmartmeters.org and www.tamers.biz.
    The World Health Organization classified these meters, along with other similar devices that produce non-ionizing radio frequency radiation, as a (possible) 2B carcinogen. This is the same category as DDT, leads and engine exhaust.

  • Independence needs dental alternatives

    Is there any way a group could help the people get a dentist who will charge a reasonable price for dental healthcare? It would mainly be for poor people who cannot pay up front. If the people did not pay as promised, there could be an ordinance to collect it from them.

  • Coyote bounty payments take away from schools

    I was astounded to read that the Grayson County Board of Supervisors is cutting money out of the schools, but adding $10,000 total additional dollars to the archaic coyote bounty program and killing contest.
    There are a lot of reservations about North American wild dogs, but it’s scientifically proven that these contests in fact make the population increase. Thus, it’s a waste of taxpayers’ money, and will only hurt farmers later down the road.

  • KKK is a domestic terrorist group

    I’m writing in response to the recent activity by the Ku Klux Klan in our community.
    I would like everyone to be aware the Klan is not friendly or helpful. I’m sure we all agree ISIS is anti-American and a threat to our liberty.
    Be aware these two organizations are very similar. They both use extreme religious views to justify their violence against others.
    They both advocate war based on religious or racial lines. They both recruit our young people while they are vulnerable to the influence of their propaganda.

  • KKK's ideology at odds with biblical teachings

    This letter is in response to the KKK activity you have reported on.
    To the KKK: The Bible teaches that we have all come from the same original parents, Adam and Eve, we are all “one blood.”
    Your irrational, ungodly, hateful “theology” does not come from the God of the Bible.
    When Aaron and Miriam, Moses’ brother and sister, criticized him for marrying an Ethiopian woman, God severely judged them:

  • 'Obamacare and the Old Folks Home' — a poem

    My years on earth

    are slipping away.

    My hair from red

    has turned to gray.

    The old folks home

    is waiting for me.

    I’ll go in hearing-impaired

    and probably with Alzheimer’s Disease.

    From Washington

    I never hear good news.

    It’s always about Obamacare,

    Nothing that would help me and you.

    Promises and more promises

    that’s all they seem to do,

    and farther and farther away

    they all stray from truth.

  • Freedom of press being stifled in U.S.

    We join the rest of the world in mourning the brave staff of the magazine “Charlie Hebdo,” gunned down by religious fanatics for defending freedom of the press.
    Meat industry fanatics in the U.S. have devised a more subtle means of stifling freedom of the press.
    The states of Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, and Utah have enacted “ag-gag” laws that impose criminal penalties on investigators seeking to expose animal abuses and safety violations in factory farms.

  • Donors helped feed meal to community

    I would like to express heartfelt thanks to all who helped out in any way with the Christmas dinner that was served at West Galax Diner.
    It was a great success. Not only were we able to provide meals to the community, but all remaining prepared food was donated to Joy Ranch and all other food items were donated to Rooftop.
    We thank everyone for their help and generosity.
    Tina Dowling