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Columns

  • The loss of a dear friend

    By Susan D. Blanding

    School Counselor
    Montvale  Elementary School

        Inspiring, courageous, cheerful, outgoing, persistent.  Smart, intelligent, funny, friendly, loyal.
        Piper Olivia Moore.
        Beautiful, thoughtful, kind, tender-hearted, clever.  Imaginative, playful, insightful, responsive, appreciative.
        We lost a dear friend from our midst when Piper left us on Thursday morning, October 27.

  • It’s time to unite and get to work

    The simplest way to make your voice heard is to show up at the ballot box. After all, the right to vote is critical in protecting all of our other rights. On Election Day, millions of voters came to the polls and put their support behind their candidates for the White House and Congress. The votes have been tallied, and Donald Trump is set to serve as the 45th President of the United States.

     

  • With a new administration comes a chance for a new start

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Our democracy’s death will be our own fault

        There has been a great deal of hyperventilating in British tabloids about Russia and Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin. To see some of their stuff on the Internet, you would think World War III was about to start. Recently I was on a Trump vs Clinton Facebook debate and one person posted an article from one of these publications, I think it was the Dailey Mail, that had him convinced Russia is massing for an attack.

  • Hillary doesn’t deserve the hatred

        In this presidential election year, one party’s nominee is plainly unqualified, immature despite advanced age, bigoted, explosive, and running as a “brilliant” businessman despite several bankruptcies and a history of mountainous debt.
        The other nominee is supremely qualified, with a proven track record of public service going back decades, devoted both to family and people at large, and has made history as the first woman chosen by a major party for president.

  • A lack of competition in Obamacare hurts patients

    It’s a crazy system.” That’s what Bill Clinton had to say about Obamacare recently. It’s not often that we agree on something, but I feel the same way as President Clinton and so do the millions of Americans facing higher health care costs and reduced access as a result of this seriously flawed law.

     

  • Agriculture remains critically important in the commonwealth

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Hillary raises Kaine
  • Jerry Falwell Jr.’s stunning hypocrisy

        Jerry Falwell Jr.’s continued support for the piggish, morally-challenged Donald Trump has riled even his own students, upset that his embrace of such as obviously awful man compromises the integrity of their school.
        Not long after many Republicans began to abandon Trump in droves, Falwell made remarks to the Lynchburg newspaper, revealing that he was far more concerned about who leaked the damaging tape than what was on it.

  • 10 things you can do to change this Nation

    By the Rev. Troy Keaton
    EastLake Community Church
    Moneta

        Recently I spoke to a family counselor who told me they are counseling people over the fear and anxiety produced by this election cycle.