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Today's News

  • Peak, Pulaski to invade Jeff Forest this Friday evening

    This is where it gets really interesting for Jefferson Forest’s gridiron gang.

    Having broken the mastery that Glass had over them, the Cavs get a chance to knock off another team that has had its way with Forest.

    This Friday night, the Cavs entertain high powered Pulaski County, a team that is often mentioned in discussions of possible state champions.

    The Cougars have done nothing that would make such talk unwarranted, having dismantled all opposition in the early going.

    In its first three games, Pulaski has outscored its opponents 115-35.

  • Commentary: Curses, I'm a Cubs' fan

    Barring a major meltdown, it appears that the Chicago Cubs are on their way to the playoffs and another shot at a World Series title. And another shot at breaking the hearts of Cubs fans everywhere.

    When discussing the team’s 100-year run of futility, there’s usually a reference to the contribution of the Curse of the Billy Goat.

    This curse is Chicago’s version of the Curse of the Bambino, which plagued the Red Sox for many years,

    The BoSox jinx came about because the team sold Babe Ruth to the hated New York Yankees.

  • Letters

    Following the footsteps

    I am a Democrat, so much so that I once contributed to the Democratic National Committee as well as to Democratic candidates.

    But all that stopped several years ago when it became obvious that national Democratic politicians were following in the footsteps of Republican politicians. In other words, strict loyalty to the party, getting reelected, and blaming the other side for the failure to solve national problems. I was disgusted with the whole Washington scene.

  • What we have learned from September 11th

    Seven years ago, Americans looked on in horror as the events of September 11th unfolded. At the end of the day the skyline of one of our greatest cities was forever changed, the Pentagon, a symbol of America’s military strength was still smoldering, and a previously indistinguishable field in western Pennsylvania had suddenly and terribly become an unmarked grave for America’s newest heroes.

  • House resolution recognizes threat of terrorism

    House resolution recognizes threat of terrorism

    On September 11th, members of the House of Representatives and the Senate gathered on the steps of the United States Capitol for the annual Congressional Remembrance ceremony, honoring the thousands of men and women who were killed when terrorists attacked our nation on September 11, 2001. I found this ceremony moving.

  • The continuing water release debate

    The present water release protocol from Leesville Dam is enveloped in folklore and justified by 42 years of operation that generally favored enhancing river flows over maintaining safe water levels in Smith Mountain Lake.

  • The GOP: Party of the rich, white, and powerful

    If you watched any of the Republican National Convention, you had to notice the sea of white faces that stared back at you from the hall. It was very difficult to spot a delegate of color.

    You couldn’t help but notice, too, that most of those white people appeared to be rather well-heeled, let’s say. Well paid; well off; living the Republican dream.

    It shouldn’t be necessary to remind people that the GOP is today what it’s always been: the party of the rich and the privileged, and also a party that remains nearly all white.

  • The Germans are right

    Last week, the Bush administration decided to forgo taking unilateral action against Russia for its war with Georgia. In doing this, President Bush wisely chose to follow the softer approach advocated by Germany and some of our other European allies.

    Acting unilaterally would have been a very bad idea. As Secretary of Defense Robert Gates pointed out, we could be the ones who will be isolated if we act precipitously.

  • Folks helping folks

    What makes a good neighbor?

    In a thought, it’s that when the chips are down, those around you are willing to step up to the plate and help. It’s folks helping folks.

    And there are a lot of good neighbors around these parts.

    For all the bad news that often gets publicized, there’s a lot of good going on around us, too. Even in those tough times.

  • Jury acquits man of molesting girl

    A Bedford County jury found 35-year-old Keith Lee Dotson not guilty Tuesday on three felony sex offense counts involving a girl under the age of 13 years old.

    The jury, which deliberated for less than an hour, acquitted Dotson on counts of attempted rape, aggravated sexual battery and forcible sodomy. Dotson, who was arrested last February, still faces three counts of forcible sodomy, one count of aggravated sexual battery and five counts of animate object sexual penetration in connection with the alleged assault of another girl.