Today's Opinions

  • Nursing home advertisement was misleading

    Editor’s note: The following letter is in response to an ad that ran in the Oct. 19-21 edition of The Gazette. The ad was bought by a law firm, Wilkes & McHugh, and listed deficiencies that Galax Health & Rehab (formerly Golden Living Center – Blue Ridge) was cited for.

  • 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 Our power grid is outdated.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.

  • Candidate’s appeal crosses party lines

    A few days ago, a woman who saw the Flaccavento for Congress T-shirt I was wearing stopped to say she’s a conservative Republican and is voting for Anthony Flaccavento.
    She said, “He’s a farmer, like me, and he supports the issues I support and I’m tired of Morgan Griffith never being here!”

  • 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.