• We need to have faith in our leaders

    The US is definitely a faith-based country. We have unlimited faith in the power of the profit motive to make everything better! A major tenet is that business will always be more efficient than government at any task. For a couple of decades now, government services have been “contracted out” to private firms. In fact, a huge percentage of our tax dollars go to private companies, who are supposed to provide us with streamlined services.  

  • Reader’s choice for Ninth District
  • Infrastructure Pipe Dream
  • A clean fight earns respect

    It used to make me feel better to bad-mouth some politician and go on my merry way, but Anthony Flaccavento makes me think twice. He’s running against Morgan Griffith for Ninth District Congress, and I have yet to hear an ugly word from this man about his opponent.
    I do hear plenty from Flaccavento about stagnant wages and runaway debt, about working together and helping each other right where we actually live, regardless of our politics.

  • Reader wants best choice for Grayson County

    Many in this community know me as a hard-working and open minded person. Through the 32 years I have called Grayson County home, I have from time to time supported different people running for political office…regardless of party affiliation. My golden rule for this support is two-fold: pick the person based on their qualifications and ideas that would better serve everyone and not just a few; and confidence in their commitment to follow through with action and access.

  • Our declining Ninth District rural areas

    The rural areas of the Ninth District have been neglected for too long. Our Main Streets are lined with empty stores. Two hospitals have closed their doors. Families are leaving in droves to seek employment elsewhere. Teachers are underpaid, and several schools are in need of repairs. Our bridges and culverts are deemed to be the worst in Virginia. Broadband still isn’t available in many areas. Our power grid is outdated. And many of our communities are beginning to look like ghost towns.

  • Reader sees metaphor in crash

    A clear and urgent message has come to me, which I feel behooved to share with the rest of America.
    Last week, a gaggle of Republican lawmakers left D.C. for a most important enclave in Beautiful West Virginia. No doubt to give the cleaning staff time to shovel out all the crap in the halls of government. They mounted their conveyance with family and friends in tow and roared off down the Cumberland Valley.
    They did not complete the trip on board their chartered train. On the way there was a mishap. Analyzing the event, I perceive a clear message.

  • 2018 has had a rough start

    2018 has started out where 2017 ended. Sad and disgusting, where violence has taken the lives of police officers and a little girl who came between the mother and a loser of a boyfriend.
    The same political circus goes on. But with a twist.
    Vulgarity, no shame, the attitude shown from the Oval Office is “I’m the leader and you’re the pumpkin eater — deal with it”
    In that so-called bipartisan meeting of Congress to set out a plan to tackle the problems from immigration to the budget, the end result was who could cuss the most.

  • The Art of the Deal
  • Student requests help for project

    I am a student at Cascade Christian Schools, and I am writing a report on the state of Virginia.
    We are responsible for gathering as much information as we can about our state. If any of your readers would like to help me by sending any pictures, postcards, used license plates, facts, products, etc. from your state to the address below, it would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you very much.

    Nathan S.
    5th Grader
    Cascade Christian School
    601 9th Ave. S.E.
    Puyallup, Wash. 98372