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Today's Opinions

  • A disgusting, punitive health care ‘reform’

        It was a disgusting spectacle to watch the Clown-in-Chief celebrate at the White House with House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republicans after they’d passed a bill that will take health insurance from about 25 million people.
        Yes, this is their idea of “reform.” As I’ve previously written – and now submit as one of “Rick’s Rules of Politics” – whenever conservative Republicans talk about “reforming” something, it always means they want to take it from you.

  • Beginnings and ends

    By Brandi Mitchell
    Student Intern

        One of the most beautiful and heart breaking aspects of life is the way it goes on and on with a thousand beginnings and a thousand ends. The sun rises and the sun sets, and the earth turns, and the seasons change, and this is the way it has been since the genesis of time, and the way it will be until the earth ceases to exist.

  • Letter 08/23/17

    Give an hour a week

        As the new school year begins, I’d like to make our community aware of a wonderfully meaningful experience that has been in our area for several years: The Big Brothers Big Sisters Site-Based Mentor Program.
        It is designed to pair a caring adult with a child in need of extra support.  They meet once weekly at school for about an hour during the child’s lunch/recess time.

  • 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.

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 This means that they can only be repealed by Congressional action.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

  • 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.