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Today's Opinions

  • 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 This means that they can only be repealed by Congressional action.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.

  • Letters 08/02/17

    Outlaw this
    practice

        Regarding your editorial on civil forfeiture (7-26-2017), if the judges sitting on what are supposedly the “we the people’s” courts had any intestinal fortitude and morals, civil forfeiture would not exist.

  • Jamboree travesty

    By Robert J. Byers

        I don’t blame the Boy Scouts for President Donald Trump’s bizarre speech at the National Jamboree in West Virginia on Monday.
        The U.S. president is, after all, the honorary president of the Scouts. If he wants to speak at the National Jamboree, it would be hard to say no.

  • Is Donald Trump mentally ill?

         It’s been common for quite some time now to hear many people dismiss Donald Trump and his bizarre antics by just saying, “Oh, he’s crazy.”
        But now the idea has taken on more impetus after his recent persecutions of people who work for him, and his deeply weird, angry political speech before a crowd of Boy Scouts and their families.

  • Use good sense

        Things continue to be tense in East Asia. Last week two Chinese jet fighters came dangerously close to a U. S. EP-3 Orion spy plane. The spy plane was patrolling 80 miles out to sea from Qingdao, a city on the East China Sea.