• Improve opportunities for the next generation

    For several generations we in this rural pocket of Southwest Virginia have seen many of our kids and grandkids head off to greener pastures. It has been called “the brain drain.” Everyone feels this drain, both personally and economically. Sure, we want our kids to have a good life with career opportunities; but we also want them closer, and miss them. Across our communities, we are losing the energy and creative wisdom of our youth.

  • Candidate understands our needs

    In all my years of following politics, I have never seen a candidate who matched the needs of their electorate more than Anthony Flaccavento in the Virginia Ninth District. He is a farmer and entrepreneur from Southwest Virginia who works with the land and helps his neighbors work with their land. He is a hard worker and is sincere in his efforts to help the floundering economy of our region. If you’ve ever met him, you know how much he cares about the people of Southwest Virginia.

  • Flaccavento better choice to represent 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.

  • Voter registration ends Oct. 15

    If you’re not registered to vote, you’ve got until Oct. 15 to get this done at the Grayson County election board in the courthouse basement.
    You need to be a citizen, 18 or older with a Social Security number. Cody Wingate (registrar) and Wilma Halsey (office secretary) are there to help. If you don’t have an acceptable photo i.d. you can get one free at the election board office.

  • 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.

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  • 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.