• Dismissal over contested political views leads to bigger problems

    Apparently, under President Trump, the new world order is to use mob violence and human torture to silence talk of his probable impeachable offenses. Trump’s sycophants appear to think illegal remedies will change minds or criminal threats frighten the bejesus out of people with differing views. I believe attempting to polish Trump’s behavior into acceptability approximates turning the proverbial sow’s ear into a silk purse.  

  • Citizen announces colorful community project

    My name is Erika Wood, and I would like to start a project called “Color Grayson.”
    Color Grayson would be created in the hopes of spreading positivity around Grayson County. This is a 100 percent non-profit effort. The idea behind this project is to paint a rock with whatever design you choose, such as a picture or a positive message, and place it in plain sight on your daily path to brighten someone’s day.

  • Political appointees are different from civil servants

    In response to Kathy Cole’s recent letter about civil servants…
    She is correct in saying that President Trump sees the executive branch as his personal employees whom he can replace for any reason. This is to ensure that all political employees are in tune with his agenda.
    So Sally Yates, the acting attorney general, was not a civil servant, but rather a political appointee of President Obama’s and would have been replaced within a week or so.

  • Native concerned with federal funding’s impact for county

    As someone who was born and raised in Grayson County, I take a personal interest in the wellbeing of the region.
    Among many topics nationally that concern me in terms of the impact on the Twin Counties, the recent federal budget proposal is one.
    This budget seeks to reduce funding to numerous agencies, including Community Development Block Grants, the
    Appalachian Regional Commission, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

  • Civil servants carry out laws, not executive whims

    Many things appall me about the Trump Administration’s first few weeks, and most of them have been addressed by others. But I haven’t seen anyone challenging his apparent view of the Executive Branch as an extension of his will and ideology. As a businessman, he apparently sees all civil servants as his employees, who must do his bidding or be fired.

  • Congressman needs to attend town halls

    Our last Congress was the least productive in American history and its favorability rating was the lowest ever!
    Rep. Morgan Griffith’s job is to represent “we the people,” and in order to do that, he must hear our voices by scheduling town hall meetings throughout his district.
    We have many serious problems which have intensified and they can only be solved by “we the people” getting Involved!

  • State of current leadership leaves citizen questioning competence
  • Tips for calling your legislators


With legislative sessions in full swing, it is vital for rural constituents to contact legislators regarding issues that affect our communities. Here are some simple tips for calling your legislators.

    Before contacting your legislator, take five minutes to visit their website and learn about their party affiliation, their background and their stances on your priority issues. This research will help you craft a message that appeals to shared values.

  • Grayson Democrats invite community to hear speaker

    I encourage everyone to come to the breakfast being sponsored by the Grayson Democrats on Saturday, March 4, at the Rio Grande Restaurant on Main Street in Independence.

  • An illegitimate presidency

    In his January 20 newsletter, Congressman Morgan Griffith celebrates the peaceful transfer of power and criticizes the nearly seventy congressmen who boycotted Mr. Trump’s inauguration. Because the Constitution set forth the procedures for choosing the president, Mr. Griffith writes that these congressmen should have respected the office of president and the laws that permitted his election. He castigates members of Congress who called Mr. Trump “illegitimate.”