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Today's Opinions

  • The end of ‘heritage’ propaganda

        After Charlottesville, we’re seeing a dramatic change in the attitudes of many Americans: The increasing consensus is that, yes, it’s time to remove Confederate statues and monuments off public property and stop the pretense that Confederate leaders should be revered.
        Right now, after the death of Heather Haier – hopefully the last victim of a war that ended in 1865 – Confederate statues are coming down in a frenzy across the South.

  • Restore America’s ideals

    By Clay Chastain
    Bedford

        A minuscule number of terrorists are wreaking havoc upon the world while American-born radical extremist groups (and individuals) try to follow suit here at home.

  • Virginia’s heat climbs while its leaders nap

    By Stephen Nash

        Let’s say you’re inclined to think that the whole climate-change conversation is, okay, overheated. It’s a swelter out there, but so what? It’s late summer n Virginia, right? Give me a minute, just the same,  to make the case that it’s way past time to get a lot more serious about Virginia’s climate future. 

  • Don’t hyperventilate

        Some western leaders have been hyperventilating about Russia’s Zapad 2017 military exercises. These exercises have been going on for some time and some folks have worried about them. The exercises mean “West” and Russia has carried these out as a rehearsal for a defensive operation against an attack from the west.

  • Trump is clearly encouraging racism

         Racism and hate have to be taught. No one is born that way. That was the essence of a tweet that could truly be said to have been read around the world.
        It was from our last president, Barack Obama, sorely missed now by all the millions of Americans so horrified and embarrassed by the bad joke that replaced him.

  • Did you use the correct lenses?

    By Pastor Troy Keaton
    EastLake Community Church
    Moneta

        Do you see the eclipse this past Monday?  I accidentally did.  I was doing some work on our house and had to make a run to CAPPS Home Building Supply just about the time it was at maximum coverage.  Several of the employees were in the parking sharing glasses to view this “once in a lifetime” cosmic phenomena. They were kind enough to give me a look using the right lenses. 

  • LOVE SML

    Vicki Gardner,
    Executive Director
    Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce

        It’s mid-summer and there’s no end in sight for the travelers heading to Smith Mountain Lake.  At the SML Visitor Center located at Bridgewater Plaza, our staff and volunteers have the unique opportunity to speak with everyone who enters our doors.  A larger than usual number are first-time visitors and many have expressed their joy in discovering Smith Mountain Lake.  In fact, they LOVE this region.

  • ‘Love Where You Live’

    By Nicole S. Johnson
    Director of Tourism

        Do you remember the Faberge commercial that showed a woman (Heather Locklear) who “told two friends” about a product, and they told two friends, and so on and so on? That commercial was introduced about 35 years ago if you can believe it.  But the concept still applies today.