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Today's Opinions

  • Guardians of the Lake

    By Casey Kroll

    Smith Mountain Lake Association

        As I have shared in several of my previous articles, when I moved to Smith Mountain Lake about four years ago, I experienced many, many surprises.

  • Guardians of the Lake

    By Casey Kroll

    Smith Mountain Lake Association

        As I have shared in several of my previous articles, when I moved to Smith Mountain Lake about four years ago, I experienced many, many surprises.

  • Guardians of the Lake

    By Casey Kroll

    Smith Mountain Lake Association

        As I have shared in several of my previous articles, when I moved to Smith Mountain Lake about four years ago, I experienced many, many surprises.

  • I hope you found a way out

    By Ashley Rambo Shaw
    Brownsburg IN

        Jason was my best friend in the third grade, and he was hopelessly poor.  He was what I call “Appalachian poor” – a destitution without the web of resources available in an urban area. 

  • The Claus Conspiracy

    By Brandi Mitchell
    Intern

        When you think of Christmas, you think of decorated trees, of holiday festivities, of family and of food. But among these pleasant images, many people often think of a jolly elderly fellow who delivers gifts at midnight to all the children of the world.
        A fellow who goes by the name of Claus. Santa Claus.

  • A great job!

        Congratulations to the Staunton River football team -- its players and coaches.
        Congratulations to the Staunton River school body and staff -- who celebrated with their classmates on such a phenomenal season.
        Congratulations to the Staunton River community at-large -- the many who turned out Friday morning for the send-off to Williamsburg and to the many who made their way east to Williamsburg to cheer the Golden Eagles on during Saturday’s 3A State Championship game.

  • China has a hissy fit

        Donald Trump seems to have triggered a hissing and spitting contest with China’s government by accepting a congratulatory phone call from Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan’s president.

  • Did Russia ‘elect’ Donald Trump?

        As the disaster of The Great Stupidity of 2016 sinks in, it’s more and more clear how the Electoral College Only victory of Donald Trump is complicated by his bizarre bromance with Vladimir Putin and Russia.
        As this was written, the CIA had announced that it was clear Russia had worked covertly to influence the election in favor of Trump. The Wikileaks revelations about DNC e-mails came from Russia.