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Today's Opinions

  • 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

  • Our democracy’s death will be our own fault

        There has been a great deal of hyperventilating in British tabloids about Russia and Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin. To see some of their stuff on the Internet, you would think World War III was about to start. Recently I was on a Trump vs Clinton Facebook debate and one person posted an article from one of these publications, I think it was the Dailey Mail, that had him convinced Russia is massing for an attack.

  • Hillary doesn’t deserve the hatred

        In this presidential election year, one party’s nominee is plainly unqualified, immature despite advanced age, bigoted, explosive, and running as a “brilliant” businessman despite several bankruptcies and a history of mountainous debt.
        The other nominee is supremely qualified, with a proven track record of public service going back decades, devoted both to family and people at large, and has made history as the first woman chosen by a major party for president.

  • A lack of competition in Obamacare hurts patients

    It’s a crazy system.” That’s what Bill Clinton had to say about Obamacare recently. It’s not often that we agree on something, but I feel the same way as President Clinton and so do the millions of Americans facing higher health care costs and reduced access as a result of this seriously flawed law.

     

  • Agriculture remains critically important in the commonwealth

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Hillary raises Kaine