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Columns

  • Welcome Back Roanoke Amtrak!

    Vicki Gardner
    Executive Director, Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce
    and
    Susan Martin
    President/CEO, Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce

  • Where is peace?

    By Rev. Troy Keaton
    EastLake Community Church
    Moneta

        Where is Peace?  There is spirit of division in the air.  In every arena of life it seems that hostility is raging.   
        The powers of the world are teetering on the edge of conflict and technology has made it more vocal than ever.   And it is not just the leaders of nations, it seems that rage and anger are the spirit of the day. 

  • He’s headed for a bad end

         I saw a great bumper sticker the other day: “Elect a clown, expect a circus.” That’s exactly what we have with President Boy Child.
        The latest outrage was to find out that this vile wretch had told the wife of a U.S. soldier killed in action that “he knew what he signed up for.” But I doubt if the young man suspected he’d be the latest victim of an unnecessary military deployment in a strange land, only for America’s global ambitions.

  • It’s too late

        A lady I know who is a liberal “Democrat” said something last month that I found disturbing. I won’t mention her name, but the reason I found it disturbing is that I have known her for a decade and have always found her to be one of those rare reasonable liberals and I respect her.

  • A Mythiopian society

    By James F. Burns

        In the land of Mythiopia, each day an artist painted a colorful rainbow on a new canvas delivered that morning.  The artist sold each painting at day’s end, donating part of the proceeds for the purchase of tickets so that Mythiopians might attend that night’s concert.  In turn, their talented musician used part of the ticket sales to buy a fresh canvas for the artist to use the next day.

  • Celebrating Amtrak’s return to Roanoke

    By Barrett F. (Bart) Warner
    Town Manager
    Town of Bedford

        Congratulations are in order for everyone who made it possible for passenger rail service to return to Roanoke after a 38-year hiatus. In the late 1800’s, rail helped transform the sleepy hamlet of “Big Lick” into the thriving city of Roanoke. The return of passenger rail promises to deliver substantial economic development benefits and additional travel options throughout Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor and beyond.

  • Conservatives fear strong women

        In a recent interview after the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Hillary Clinton talked about how rampant sexual harassment has always been.
        As with the epidemic of husbands beating their wives, there was a time when social pressures kept women quiet on these subjects. But no more, and that’s definitely progress. Weinstein is getting his goose cooked, just as he deserves, the same way those “Fox News” icons Roger Ailes and Bill O’Reilly deserved.

  • Military exercises are defensive

        While most U. S. news media has focused on North Korea, Donald Trump and, most recently Harvey Weinstein, there have been a number of news stories about big Russian military exercises.

  • Sports Day-ly: The NBA Superhero Comparison

     The NBA season is officially underway and I am incredibly excited. I love basketball in fact recently it has become my favorite sport.
      

    One thing I also have recently re-fell in love with is superheroes. For whatever reason when I was 20 I really started to get back into superheroes. Even now at 22-years old I often walk about with a Batman backpack that is originally meant for a 10-year old.
      

  • Much can be done to improve health care in Virginia

    As the dust settles from the currently stalled efforts by Congress to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), concerns about the future of healthcare for Virginians remain at the forefront of the debate.