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

Columns

  • The Affordable Care Act: more costly than ever

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • An important conversation is underway

    Right now, an important national conversation is underway in our communities. We’ve all seen the reports of deadly attacks on police officers and excessive use of force by some law enforcement officers. These events have strained race relations and heightened tensions as well as further added to feelings of mistrust between communities and law enforcement. The loss of these lives is tragic, and, like you, I want to see an end to this violence.

     

  • High water, severe storm preparation

    By Chris Bechtler
    Manager, Crazy Horse Marina

        As a dammed body of water, Smith Mountain Lake is susceptible to occasional severe flooding.
         Be it from a stalled tropical system or spring thaw, abnormally high water does occur.  Recent history suggests that AEP has a good grasp on managing the flow of the river and thus the water levels.  While there was some flooding upstream during recent major rain events, SML and our neighbors downstream were not severely impacted.

  • Kasich to GOP: ‘Evolve, or die’

        As Americans gets ready to vote, much attention is being paid to what will happen to the beleaguered Republican Party afterward should the result actually be what facts suggest.
        For several weeks now, Donald Trump has looked as though he’s about to lead the national GOP over a cliff. His disgusting candidacy has shamed not only himself and his supporters, but has made America an extreme curiosity in the rest of the world.

  • Why I will vote for Trump

        Next Tuesday is the big day. American voters will go to the polls and cast their ballots. The frightening part of this election is that somebody is going to win.
        Back in 2012, I held my nose and voted for Mitt Romney. I did not like Mitt Romney, but I voted for him as the lesser of two evils. I felt that reelecting Barack Obama amounted to committing national suicide and Obama, in the last four years, has not disappointed me. His foreign policy, such as it is, has done immense damage.

  • Thoughts from the Intern

    By Brandi Mitchell

        There are a myriad of stereotypes people associate with being 17. Seventeen year-olds work part time jobs, go to high school football games, hang out with their friends and dress up for spirit week. My name is Brandi Mitchell, I am 17 years old, and I embody all of these conventional ideas about being young and in high school. I work at the local Forest ice cream shop, Monkee Joes, and I cheer on the Cavalier football team until I lose my voice every Friday, and there is no question I dress up for spirit week.

  • Our separation of powers must be respected

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Enshrined our United States Constitution, our Founders meticulously designed three branches of government so that too much power would not be concentrated in any one branch. This is because they understood that if one branch were to possess unchecked authority, that power would ultimately diminish the inherent rights of the individual citizen. 

  • Protecting American jobs

    When you have an expensive purchase looming or a big bill coming due, you like a little advance notice, right? The same goes for America’s job creators. Businesses both large and small need time to comply with new federal regulations that mean added costs to their bottom line. That’s one reason why the Department of Labor’s costly new overtime rule is particularly troubling.

     

  • Three current issues

    By Pernie Hatcher Forehand
    Bedford

        1.  I will sure miss that tree in front of Tharp’s.  Will they replant?  Will it receive a decent burial?

        2.  Voting is so unique and precious, giving ineffable feelings of hope and connection to a well-grounded society and “my opinion matters too.”  Any entity hacking into U.S. state voting tallies is, in my opinion, the most outrageous and unethical attack on my American dreams since 9/11.

  • Good riddance, Trump; it’s all over

        Justice has a way of triumphing, even in politics. Decent people everywhere should rejoice in what we now know: Donald Trump will not be president of the United States. Not in January; not ever.
        Those of us who said from the beginning that he was contemptible have been absolutely proven right; those who voted for him in primaries and caucuses are left with the wreckage he has brought them.


Fatal error: Call to undefined function decode_entities() in /home/lcni/public_html/sites/all/modules/devel/devel.module on line 423