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Today's Opinions

  • Democracy still isn’t safe from the left

        This year’s presidential campaign was almost as much fun as a barrel of rattlesnakes. One Facebook friend commented that Clinton vs Trump made her think of a video she saw of a snake chasing a rat. She wasn’t sure which candidate was the rat and which was the snake.
        I was grimly satisfied when I learned, Wednesday morning that Donald Trump won. This demonstrated what a wretched candidate Hillary Clinton was. Even Donald Trump could defeat her.

  • A choice bound to be regretted

        In the 1983 made-for-television movie, “The Day After,” two doctors are discussing the alarming international tensions that look as though they might actually lead to nuclear war.
        One says something like, “People really aren’t stupid enough to let that happen, are they?” The other doctor isn’t so sure. “Stupidity,” he says, “has a habit of getting its way.”

  • The loss of a dear friend

    By Susan D. Blanding

    School Counselor
    Montvale  Elementary School

        Inspiring, courageous, cheerful, outgoing, persistent.  Smart, intelligent, funny, friendly, loyal.
        Piper Olivia Moore.
        Beautiful, thoughtful, kind, tender-hearted, clever.  Imaginative, playful, insightful, responsive, appreciative.
        We lost a dear friend from our midst when Piper left us on Thursday morning, October 27.

  • It’s time to unite and get to work

    The simplest way to make your voice heard is to show up at the ballot box. After all, the right to vote is critical in protecting all of our other rights. On Election Day, millions of voters came to the polls and put their support behind their candidates for the White House and Congress. The votes have been tallied, and Donald Trump is set to serve as the 45th President of the United States.

     

  • With a new administration comes a chance for a new start

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • 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.

  • 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.

     

  • The Affordable Care Act: more costly than ever

    By Congressman Robert Hurt