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Today's Opinions

  • Tensions rise as Kim blusters

        North Korea has upped its level of threats against the United States. As of this writing, senior North Korean officials have threatened to simultaneously launch four ballistic missiles toward Guam sometime in the second half of this month. The missiles are to pass over Japan and land in the ocean near Guam.

  • Next Steps

    Governor McAuliffe’s statement on events in Charlottesville
     
    RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe released the statement below regarding the next steps he and his administration will take following the events this past weekend in Charlottesville:

  • Letter 08/09/17

    Be careful out there

        There seems to be an up-tick in the number and severity of incidents around the lake over the past several weeks.
        Smith Mountain Lake Marine Volunteer Fire Rescue reports:
        * We have had two drownings at the lake this year.
        * Two 14 year old children were very seriously injured while operating jet skis in Hatcher Creek. The skis collided with each other at speed resulting in the injuries.

  • ‘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.

  • 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.

  • Organized Labor launches 2017 campaign

        WILLIAMSBURG  ---   Your favorite liberal columnist is in this historic city for the Annual Virginia State Convention of the AFL-CIO. Here, we will endorse those we judge as the most “worker friendly” candidates for this fall’s General Assembly elections.
        All 100 seats in the House of Delegates are up for election this year, and Virginia Democrats have seen a dramatic surge in nominated candidates, due to “resistance” reaction to the Trump debacle in Washington, D.C.

  • Bear baiting

        President Donald Trump has signed a bill that codifies sanctions against Russia that Barack Obama had set by executive order. This means that they can only be repealed by Congressional action. President Trump had little choice but to sign the bill. It had passed by such huge margins that a presidential veto would have surely been overridden.

  • What would it buy?

        If you had $517,000 sitting around with nothing to do, what could you buy?
        A 3600 square foot waterfront home on Smith Mountain Lake with three bedrooms and four baths and a dock would be one option. That price was $479,000 for a listing this week.