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Today's Opinions

  • Don’t be too quick

        The concept plan for Urban Development Areas  (UDA) in the Forest and New London areas of the county drew a vocal turnout to a public meeting two weeks ago. It was a larger crowd than the folks who organized the meeting expected, so the room they reserved at the Forest Library was too small for the number of people who showed up. Most seemed to have been already upset when they arrived and the crowding — Americans really don’t like being crowded — probably didn’t help their mood. Most opposed the UDA idea.

  • Religion often keeps people backward

         If, as many people believe, religion is man’s first attempt at explaining his world, then we may well need a second one, if we can keep our planet safe and healthy from climate change deniers, who sometimes use religion to justify their rejection of science.
        There are probably thousands of different religions in the world, but most religious people are Christians, Jews, or Muslims. Most of them live quietly within their beliefs.

  • Much can be done to improve health care in Virginia

    As the dust settles from the currently stalled efforts by Congress to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), concerns about the future of healthcare for Virginians remain at the forefront of the debate.

  • Letters 10/18/17

    Edgar Tuck

        We’ve known Edgar Tuck for a number of years and wholeheartedly believe he will make an excellent addition to the county Board of Supervisors as the District 2 representative.

  • Letter 10/11/17

    Here’s one you missed

        A few days ago, I saw a snippet of a story on television. 
        A former Marine who lost both legs in an I.E.D. ambush somewhere in Iraq or Afghanistan was asked about Colin Kapernick’s stunt(s) at these NFL football games.  He strapped on his two prostheses, and gently but firmly lowered himself, without assistance, to the floor.  Then he looked up at the reporter and cameraman and said, “That’s called taking a knee.” He said nothing else.

  • May small lights get bigger

    By James F. Burns
    Retired professor
    University of Florida.  

        The mystery of the motivation behind the machine-gun massacre in Las Vegas—59 dead and 527 wounded—may literally be a blank.  Yes, a fill-in-the-blank exam in which the blank is the answer.

  • Why can’t a Muslim speak at Liberty?

        Liberty University has worked hard to gain its reputation as an arm of the national Republican Party, given that founder Jerry Falwell Sr. began the myths of “Christian conservatism,” the notion that, somehow, Christian teachings are consistent with right-wing American politics.
        It’s not true, of course, but legions of rural Americans fall for it, because of the stuff they hear in their fundamentalist churches, particularly about abortion and homosexuality.

  • Council will miss Jim Vest

        It was a surprise to learn, at the beginning of the month, that Jim Vest is stepping down from Town Council. By the time this column sees print, Vest’s resignation will have taken effect. He officially submitted his resignation at Council’s Oct. 10 meeting.