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Columns

  • Is Donald Trump mentally ill?

         It’s been common for quite some time now to hear many people dismiss Donald Trump and his bizarre antics by just saying, “Oh, he’s crazy.”
        But now the idea has taken on more impetus after his recent persecutions of people who work for him, and his deeply weird, angry political speech before a crowd of Boy Scouts and their families.

  • Jamboree travesty

    By Robert J. Byers

        I don’t blame the Boy Scouts for President Donald Trump’s bizarre speech at the National Jamboree in West Virginia on Monday.
        The U.S. president is, after all, the honorary president of the Scouts. If he wants to speak at the National Jamboree, it would be hard to say no.

  • No easy solutions

        While “Democrats” focus on hobbling President Donald Trump’s domestic agenda, the rest of the world hasn’t gone away.    
        On the international front, President Trump has had some successes. He has nearly defeated Islamic State. The “caliphate” has been nearly destroyed — the fun-loving bearded unholy warriors have been driven out of  Mosul, in Iraq, and are losing ground in Raqqa, in Syria. Islamic State’s courageous leader seems to be in hiding.

  • A very embarrassing time now

        Our clownish president has managed to achieve the lowest approval rating ever for any president after six months in office. Only 36 percent of respondents polled said they approved of his job performance; the disapproval rating was near 60 percent.
         So, you know his response, right? Yep, he sent a tweet, and he called it “not too bad.” Sometimes, it’s just difficult to believe that this particular individual could actually be president.

  • Water Safety Notes from SML Water Safety Council

    By Tyler Sheets
    Conservation Police Officer
    VDGIF

        Smith Mountain Lake and the surrounding area provide many different recreational activities both in and around water.

  • An adequate defense

  • Militarism exerts a pernicious influence

        Fifty years ago this April 4, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stepped to the podium at New York City’s Riverside Baptist Church. His subject was the Vietnam War.
        Although it wouldn’t have surprised him to know it, King could not know he was entering the exact last year of his life. He would be assassinated in another city on April 4, 1968.

  • Electrical shock drowning

    By Tom Merriman,
    SML Water Safety Council member

        A story about the danger of Electrical Shock Drowning (ESD) was on the national television news recently due to a fatality at an Alabama lake. It’s an important topic to anyone who cares about the safety of loved ones, and that includes all of us!

  • Trump makes a deal

        It looks like President Donald Trump has made a deal with Russian President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin on Syria during the two men’s first meeting. The two have agreed to a cease fire in Southwestern Syria. The ceasefire is intended to allow anti-government forces to concentrate of fighting Islamic State.
         It still remains to be seen if this cease fire holds. Previous cease fires have failed when Syrian forces attacked U. S. supported rebels.
         This time it may hold.

  • Pentagon budget immensely wasteful

        On June 21, USA Today published a story that barely registered a ripple in the American consciousness. The Pentagon had, over a decade, wasted about $28 million on snarky camouflage uniforms for Afghan military officers.
        The information came from a report by John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. He was not happy, especially when he noted that the Afghans could have been given uniforms for free that were already owned by our government.