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Today's Opinions

  • Candidate would give farmers a voice

    I moved back to these mountains after 46 years in Oklahoma, and one of the first things I noticed was how the land responds to just a little rain: everything greens up and starts growing, here in southwest Virginia.
    Mountains shelter us from the worst wind, tornados are rare and it’s a sweet place for farming, down in the valleys.
    My daddy’s people moved here in 1729, and it took the 1930s depression to get them off the land. Now we are afflicted by prosperity for the few, and the developers are licking their chops.

  • Corruption rampant in administration

    Setting the scene, the secretary of the treasury and his new bride fly on a government plane to the U. S. Mint, prime viewing territory for the solar eclipse.
    They pose in front of all the new money with his signature, and his wife highlights on social media all her luxury fashion apparel. He’s in charge of our economy.

  • Pieces in place for Virginia's Medicaid expansion

    State Sen. Frank Wagner, a Republican, is the latest member of his party to express his openness to expanding Medicaid in Virginia to cover an estimated 400,000 people now without insurance.

    In a column published in The Virginian-Pilot, Wagner said he believes a compromise is possible between Democrats who advocate for expansion, including Gov. Ralph Northam, and Republicans who now stand in opposition, primarily those who hold influential positions in his chamber.

  • Ideas for county should be communicated

    The gated tiny home in Grayson County, for the uprising senior population, would be a great asset to the county and to the seniors who will inhabit them, provided they don’t have to meet strict income requirements which many will not be blessed with.
    What a better way to commend our CATE [Career & Technical Education] students with their talents.

  • A good representative listens to constituents

    Many of the people I know are paying careful attention to the news these days, as they realize that decisions made in Richmond and Washington affect our day-to-day lives. I hear people discussing problems like poverty, brain drain, a lack of good-paying jobs, concerns about having Social Security when they retire, and they want to be part of the discussion.

  • Bills that could have made a difference

    State lawmakers approved hundreds of bills this year, but they cast aside a much greater number — either for more consideration in next year’s session or to be buried in the legislative graveyard.

    Many of the discarded bills had flaws that needed to be fixed before lawmakers could consider them for passage.

    But others, including bills that would have made travel safer and helped to protect dogs, deserved more serious attention than they received.

  • Flaccavento supporter excited about election

    Who is Anthony Flaccavento?
    He is an Abingdon farmer and rural economic developer and he is a candidate to represent our Ninth District in the U.S. Congress.
    I have been enthusiastic about Anthony’s accomplishments and dedication to community development in Southwest Virginia for the past 30 years. He is hard working and sincere in his efforts to find solutions and get results. Now that he’s a candidate to represent us in congress, I am spreading the word.

  • Griffith responds to letter criticizing email reply

    Editor’s note: The following response to a letter published March 19 was received from Rep. Morgan Griffith through Kevin Baird, the congressman’s communications director. The letter was critical of Griffith (R-9th District) and his staff for not replying to a constituent’s emails that asked for assistance after encountering red tape with a disability application. The comments were made by letter writer Kyle Noble.