Sullivan County officials remain at odds over who sells and gets the proceeds from the sale of former school buildings. It seems to us that county government and not the school district should dispose of surplus public property unless legal issues determine otherwise.
The community was shocked last summer when John R. Hay House, a United Way agency and Sullivan County institution that for nearly 40 years had shepherded thousands of convicts through transition from jail to reuniting with the community, suddenly shut down with little explanation.
When we tour a historic building, we are drawn to not just its past, but ours as well. We can’t help but think of those who walked those floors or sat in that chair before that fireplace.
If you’ve seen vehicles on the road at night with headlights off, you’re not alone. This seems more of a problem in the cities because most streets are well lit.
Sullivan County Trustee Susan Ramsey failed last year to justify closing satellite offices in Kingsport and Bristol and has now failed to justify a blistering state audit of her department that found in every instance errors were due to her lack of management oversight.
Sullivan County stood by when Johnson City, Kingsport and Bristol approved liquor by the drink in the 1980s. It stood by for decades as alcohol tax dollars rolled into city coffers, even attempting a back-door snatch of some of that cash several years ago.
It’s inviting for politicians to rally around the Constitution as with Second Amendment sanctuary resolutions. After all, even if it’s bad public policy and even when the resolutions are worth little more than the paper on which they are written (or less), it’s doggone sure good for votes.
As Michael Gillis explained, it was rather cold on New Year’s Eve, and some folks “had nowhere to go and would have had to go back to the street.” So Gillis gave them a place to sleep. And was summoned to court for it.
A proposed liberal overhaul of Virginia’s criminal justice system can only be stopped if residents demand their representatives oppose those parts they find objectionable.
We’re pleased a member of the Kingsport Board of Education believes the board should revisit the name of a city school mascot. The issue came up two years ago when a committee and survey supported keeping “Redskins” as the mascot for Robinson Middle School.