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Today's Opinions

  • After 100 days: A strange, failed presidency

        It was President Franklin D. Roosevelt who established the standard of measuring a presidency by what is accomplished during its first 100 days.
        FDR had promised to tackle the problems of the Great Depression immediately upon entering office, and he did exactly that. He’d made it clear that he’d use every available tool of the federal government to ease the suffering of the people.

  • Frozen

         The latest mountain our news media has decided to make out of a molehill is a new Russian military base on Kotelny Island.
        Actually, sensationalism in news media is nothing new. Newspapers and TV news operations do it all the time. It sells papers and draws eyeballs to TV news programs. William Randolph Hearst’s publications are credited with helping to foment a war with Spain 120 years ago. His publications featured stories of alleged nasty behavior by the Spanish as they fought to put down a Cuban war for independence.

  • Turning point

        April 25, 2017.

        That date won’t carry the weight that Feb. 18, 2001, did but both will serve as major turning points for the sport of NASCAR.
        On that tragic date in 2001 at Daytona International Speedway,  Dale Earnhardt took his final lap, crashing into the retaining wall at the speedway on the final lap of the race. It would be announced a few hours later that Earnhardt, the sport’s most popular driver of his time, had perished in the crash.

  • Christians, Fox News and sexual harassment

         Last week, conservative hero Bill O’Reilly, of the much hallowed “Fox News” network, was finally fired after settling numerous sexual harassment lawsuits for millions of dollars.
         Naturally, it was a case of a conservative icon being “persecuted” by liberal women. They unfairly accused him – charges he called “unfounded” – the same way such charges were lobbied at our “Make America White Again,” president, God’s own Donald Trump.

  • STEM Education: A term that is here to stay

    By Thomas Key

  • Automated Workers: The Real Job Killer

    By Cody Williams
    University of Virginia Student
    Bedford resident

  • Letters 07/19/17

    A rush job

        Understanding Health Care, which I don’t fully, or nearly fully or mostly at all.
        One might assume, politicians would have invited representatives from some of the 58 countries that DO have universal health care, to make suggestions for the framing our countries Health Care program. Or, the same politicians might have held town hall meetings BEFORE the ink was wet, to secure constituents input in prioritizing the programs elements most important to them.

  • Letters 07/11/17

    A safe experience
     
        On behalf of the Smith Mountain Lake Water Safety Council and Lake law enforcement, we would like to congratulate and thank the SML boating community for its nearly perfect adherence to the No Wake Fireworks protocol for on-water fireworks viewing this past Independence Day weekend.