Today's Opinions

  • Wandering into a swamp

        WDBJ7 is the station I normally watch. Most mornings I watch their Mornin’ show so I’ve seen Alison Parker many times. I thought she was a talented reporter who did a great job and had a wonderful on-air personality. It also helped that she was very pretty and ended her stories with a really cute smile.

  • Kentucky clerk needs a new career

        The religious right has a new hero!
    She is Kim Davis, the Clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky, who, at this writing, was in jail.
        That’s because she had been held in Contempt of Court by a conservative federal judge, appointed by George W. Bush, for refusing to issue perfectly legal marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

  • Changing the world with the Girl Scouts!

    By Samantha Houck
    Ambassador Girl Scout
    11th grade JFHS

        What first comes to your mind when you think of Girl Scouts?

  • House advances Secret Service reforms

    Restoring the trust that the American people must have in the vital tasks that the Secret Service carries out every day is critical. The Secret Service has two primary missions: criminal investigations and protection of the President, Vice-President, and other dignitaries. As a result, the agency is entrusted with protecting some of our most valuable assets as a nation. This is an extremely difficult, high-profile mission, for which there is no margin for error. 


  • Fighting against the Iran Nuclear Agreement

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    For many weeks now, the House and the Senate have been carefully reviewing the nuclear agreement the Obama Administration and the nations of China, France, Germany, Russia, and the United Kingdom reached with Iran in July.  On our Main Street Tour, I heard from many Fifth District Virginians who are sincerely concerned about this agreement, and I share these concerns.


  • Local tragedy sends shockwaves across the world

        It didn’t take long for word to spread.
        There had been a shooting at Smith Mountain Lake – on live TV.
        At first there was confusion. But soon it became all too clear.
        Tragedy had struck the Lake community, the media family—and, the world.
        At times like this, people come together.

  • Hoist by her own petard
  • Gun violence: America’s terrible shame

        One of my best friends is a Roanoke native who now lives in Cary, North Carolina, just outside Raleigh. He’s always said that Roanoke is never in the national news unless it’s for something bad.
        Unfortunately, he was proven right on Aug. 26, when the two WDBJ journalists were gunned to death, doing what should have been a routine story on Smith Mt. Lake and the local chamber of commerce.