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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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • An adequate defense

  • Buffer landscape committee makes presentations to two local groups

    By Rich Brager
    Buffer Landscape Committee Chairman

        The Buffer Landscape Committee is sponsored by Smith Mountain Lake Association and consists of about 15 dedicated volunteers. 
        Our objective is to educate SML residents so that we increase the number of properties using shoreline buffer landscaping techniques and promote the concept that landowners can have a beautiful lakefront while being environmentally sound.  Our mantra is: Slow the flow and filter the flow.

  • 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.