Today's Opinions

  • What you should know about skin lesions

    By Eugene W. Lowe Jr., M.D.

    Bedford Surgery

     Spending a good amount of time in the sun can cause many skin problems, including skin lesions, permanent sun spots, wrinkles, blotchiness and one of the most dangerous side effects, skin cancer. Skin cancer affects more than those with fair skin. A blistering sunburn as a child can double the risk of developing skin cancer sometime later in life.
        Skin cancer risk factors (National Cancer Institute):
    Skin that easily burns or freckles

  • House budget includes adjustments to VRS

        The temperatures outside have begun to rise, and this week in Richmond the General Assembly passed the legislative halfway point of session: Crossover.  In addition, the House and Senate released their plans to amend Virginia’s two-year budget.  It was an event-filled week, one including sad news that led to a rare occurrence in the Capitol.

  • Budget process begins

    By Chuck Neudorfer
    District 2 Supervisor

        I am having my quarterly Town Meeting from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Moneta Library on Saturday, February 19.  Please stop any time during that time and we can talk about any topic you chose.

  • Egypt’s revolution: Old lessons learned anew

        In Warren Beatty’s 1981 film, “Reds,” journalist and activist Jack Reed is discussing the pros and cons of Eugene Debs’ 1912 presidential campaign with renowned anarchist Emma Goldman and a few others.

        “Don’t you think,” someone asks Goldman, “that if Debs gets a lot of votes, it will strengthen the anti-war coalition?”

  • An opportunity to look good

        So far it seems that President Barack Obama has had some success in his effort to climb out of the hole that he dug for himself during the first half of his presidency.

  • Too much

    The national debt just continues to grow — and significant cuts apparently won’t be on the way anytime soon.

        President Obama’s budget, released this week, projects more record federal deficits for the current fiscal year and an overall debt greater than the size of of the total U.S. economy.
        It’s not a pretty picture.

  • Letters 02/09/2011

    Thank You

        We wanted to take the time to say two simple words that mean so much more…from the Peaks of Otter to you….Thank You! 
        It is through the efforts of this and surrounding communities, guests, and others that have given us the opportunity to remain open Friday, Saturday & Sunday through March 31, 2011.  Full operations of the Peaks of Otter Lodge & Restaurant  will begin April 1 through November 2011.

  • Getting back to the district: Jobs remain a top priority

    By Congressman Robert Hurt