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Today's Opinions

  • With thanksgiving

        The reality of life is always there to teach us that in any given year, we will enjoy both blessing and hardship, triumph and defeats.
        Sometimes it is easier to recount the struggles than to focus on the blessings. It can sometimes be easier to focus on the inequities of life and where life doesn’t appear to be fair. But the truth is, if we look close enough, we have blessings—many blessings—for which to give thanks. Let's take this season and use it to refocus on the blessings this life offers us.

  • Whatever they want to call it
  • Obama acts correctly on immigration


    Progressives are heartened by the recent actions of President Barack Obama, who seems to have found his liberal soul again after losses in the historically-low turnout election this year.
        Yes, the so-called “Republican wave” was produced by the lowest voter turnout in America since 1942. That’s right: 1942. Google it if you don’t believe me.
        Essentially, the turnout this year was white, male and Republican.

  • A grave injustice

    By Martin Leamy
    Reba, Virginia

        On 13 November 2014, the students, parents and teachers of Thaxton Elementary School suffered a grave injustice. 

  • Spotlight on Agriculture--Virginian’s top industry

    By Donald E. Lewis
    Goode

        I was an Organic Dairy Farmer starting in 1950. It was in the years when all the chemical fertilizers were well established starting in 1940.

  • Letters 03-25-15

    Delay closing Thaxton Elem.

        Every time I read about the School Board I am saddened by the fact that two of our schools are scheduled to be closed in June.

  • The gift of the conservatives

        I want to thank Rick Howell for his “Cracker Jack box prize” version of American history in his Liberal Agenda last week. I’ve always thought that liberals must be either ill informed or perverse to believe the things they profess to believe. Mr. Howell has a university degree but, not knowing what all is in the curriculum behind a political science degree, I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt. It may be a bit light on history.

  • Letters 03/18/15

    Funding research

        My husband, Jim was diagnosed with dementia in 2008. I watched him decline over the next several years, ultimately dying in 2011. He gradually lost his memory, his ability to think and his ability to enjoy life.