• Get big money out of District 9 politics

    The concentrated financial influence of special interests in politics is the number one problem our nation faces and the survival of American democracy is on the line.
    A majority of Americans — Democratic, Republican and independent — are tired of unlimited spending from corporations and special interests in our elections. In fact, 80 percent of citizens support initiatives to limit corporate campaign contributions, thus bringing back power to the people.

  • Vote against special interest money

    Corporations and special interest groups have lavished untold amounts of money on the vast majority of those men and women we send to Congress to represent us, in effect, purchasing their influence when considering legislation. Both Democrats and Republicans are guilty. Many of the bills, which eventually become law, are now written by special interest lobbyists. We the people are not being equally represented.

  • Voter registration ends Oct. 15

    If you’re not registered to vote, you’ve got until Oct. 15 to get this done at the Grayson County election board in the courthouse basement.
    You need to be a citizen, 18 or older with a Social Security number. Cody Wingate (registrar) and Wilma Halsey (office secretary) are there to help. If you don’t have an acceptable photo i.d. you can get one free at the election board office.

  • Politicians should care about environment

    What could be more important than the health of our loved ones? I encourage readers to consider human health issues when they vote this fall. Pollution can cause cancer, asthma, and many other health problems. We need leaders with the courage to protect our air and water from dangerous chemicals.
    I’m very concerned about Morgan Griffith’s voting record. In 2017, he scored a flat 0 percent on his votes on environmental issues, according to the League of Conservation Voters. You can see his voting record on the LCV website.

  • Child’s death was tragic accident

    This is my last attempt to appeal to human decency.
    I am writing this letter on behalf of Tanisha Lineberry, just to say the only way to not have an accident is to stay in bed all day.
    She did not wake up that morning and decide to harm her little boy. No matter what’s been said or done against her, she loved her little boys a lot and would not hurt them intentionally.
    It was an accident. In the world we live in, women can have abortions and abuse their children and still they send those children back into an abusive situation.

  • Another plea for mercy for mother

    This too is in response to Ann Bryson’s appeal for mercy for her granddaughter, Tanisha Lineberry. Through Ann I have gotten to know and love Tanisha and am appalled at what has been done and is continuing to be done to a grieving mother who accidentally (and I emphasize accidentally) caused the death of her 3 year-old son.

  • Concerned about Carroll school issues

    It is always wise to err on the side of caution when dealing with children, I believe, but I and many others feel that the call for early dismissal on Thursday and cancellation of school on Friday [Sept. 13-14, due to forecasts of Hurricane Florence hitting the area] was premature.
    Why not wait until the morning of to make the call? Hurricanes usually do not proceed as predicted, and we could have had school both days.

  • Elect representatives who understand

    I don’t remember a mid-term election when primaries were so breathlessly observed and reported.
    Conservative incumbents are challenged from the right by newcomers who are “Trumpier.” Democrats are challenged from the left by progressive candidates.
    With each upset, pundits read the tea leaves: What does this mean for the mid-term election in November?

  • Vote for the person, not the party

    As an independent, not aligned with either establishment party, I find myself amazed by the current political climate. To me, a vote is sacred, and should be applied to the best person running regardless of party affiliation.
    When I vote, I do so with the larger community in mind, hoping that the person I have chosen will do as he or she says, and that most of us will benefit by that choice.

  • Political situation inspires opposition

    President Obama saved the country after the 2008 financial collapse. His administration shored up failing banks and prevented the demise of critical industries; but to do this, he calculated he could not hold accountable the speculators and financiers who caused the crisis. This was a significant mistake.