.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Columns

  • LOVE SML

    Vicki Gardner,
    Executive Director
    Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce

        It’s mid-summer and there’s no end in sight for the travelers heading to Smith Mountain Lake.  At the SML Visitor Center located at Bridgewater Plaza, our staff and volunteers have the unique opportunity to speak with everyone who enters our doors.  A larger than usual number are first-time visitors and many have expressed their joy in discovering Smith Mountain Lake.  In fact, they LOVE this region.

  • Organized Labor launches 2017 campaign

        WILLIAMSBURG  ---   Your favorite liberal columnist is in this historic city for the Annual Virginia State Convention of the AFL-CIO. Here, we will endorse those we judge as the most “worker friendly” candidates for this fall’s General Assembly elections.
        All 100 seats in the House of Delegates are up for election this year, and Virginia Democrats have seen a dramatic surge in nominated candidates, due to “resistance” reaction to the Trump debacle in Washington, D.C.

  • Bear baiting

        President Donald Trump has signed a bill that codifies sanctions against Russia that Barack Obama had set by executive order. This means that they can only be repealed by Congressional action. President Trump had little choice but to sign the bill. It had passed by such huge margins that a presidential veto would have surely been overridden.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Use good sense

        Things continue to be tense in East Asia. Last week two Chinese jet fighters came dangerously close to a U. S. EP-3 Orion spy plane. The spy plane was patrolling 80 miles out to sea from Qingdao, a city on the East China Sea.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!