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Letters

  • Politicians should care about our 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.

  • Rejecting corporate influence

    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.

  • An appeal for Tanisha Lineberry

    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.

  • Prayers to family for loss of young child

    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.

  • Find who represents you in politics
  • Coverage in Grayson County

    Kindness is in short supply these days, so the Sept. 5 Independence Declaration was an especially welcome surprise —especially after all the hysterical stuff on TV. I couldn’t find anything hateful — just stories about taking care of each other: The one dope arrest got a matter of fact news report on page 1, as did the heartbroken mother charged with involuntary manslaughter of her child. No gloating, no condemning, no screaming headlines.

  • A decision to make
  • 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.

  • Praying for mercy for accused mother

    It’s been over a year since the death of my great-grandson Jaylen. It’s been a hard and painful time for the entire family.
    His mom, dad and baby brother are really having a hard time, not just because of his passing but because of battling the legal system.
    We see people who kill people, who only get a slap on the wrist. This was a tragic accident and the legal system is trying hang her and make an example of her.

  • Help for veteran’s assistance appreciated

    I want to publicly thank Sen. Tim Kaine and his staff, particularly Laura, for much assistance in obtaining a long overdue federal tax refund for my friend Edward, who is an 89-year-old retired Air Force veteran who served in Korea and Vietnam.
    We had been unable to connect with the IRS to seek information and were quite frustrated. Through persistent, diligent work, Sen. Kaine’s office was able to contact an IRS advocate and eventually get the funds released. The refund arrived in today’s mail.