• Preventing dog bites should be a year-round effort

    In April, the United States Postal Service promoted National Dog Bite Prevention Week. I am writing to ask our customers to extend their efforts and help make this “National Dog Bite Prevention Year.”
    Pet owners’ efforts are critical when you consider the number of Postal Service employees attacked by dogs last year reached 6,755 — more than 200 higher than the year before.
    My concern is not only for our employees, but with the general population as well. Here are three critical points to remember:

  • Embracing a new mission for the future

    Since 1973, Twin County Regional Healthcare has proudly served the healthcare needs of people throughout the Twin County area and surrounding communities. As part of Duke LifePoint Healthcare, we are building upon this legacy and strengthening our hospital for the future.

  • Sheriffs don’t profit from speeding tickets

    This letter was sent in response to an article in the April 26 edition of the Declaration, titled “Sen. Carrico discusses budget, local issues.” The article appeared in our Get to Know Us - Twin Counties special section.

  • A review of President Trump’s first 100 days

    Donald Trump just passed the 100-day milestone of his presidency, the period during which he promised “great accomplishments.” Instead his administration has provided a spectacle of chaos and incompetence. Added to the circus is a new batch of manufactured scandals promulgated by the President, of which the most bizarre may be that British intelligence wiretapped Trump Tower for President Obama.  

  • New drug a threat to community

    Those with loved ones who are using opiates or heroin have a new risk. Drug dealers across the United States have begun to mix drugs with an extremely powerful and dangerous drug known as Fentanyl.
    The drug Fentanyl can be from 50 to 100 times more powerful then heroin, making the risk of a fatal overdose much higher. Drug dealers have been using this drug to increase the potency of their heroin at a lower cost.
    Now more than ever it is essential to get those you know who are addicted into treatment.

  • A message for Training Center staff

    To the employees at Southwestern Virginia Training Center (SWVTC):
    All of us are living in turbulent times – the threat of the training center closing; job-related stress; financial and family problems – all of which can make our daily existence feel hopeless.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.