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Today's Opinions

  • I hope you found a way out

    By Ashley Rambo Shaw
    Brownsburg IN

        Jason was my best friend in the third grade, and he was hopelessly poor.  He was what I call “Appalachian poor” – a destitution without the web of resources available in an urban area. 

  • Guardians of the Lake

    By Casey Kroll

    Smith Mountain Lake Association

        As I have shared in several of my previous articles, when I moved to Smith Mountain Lake about four years ago, I experienced many, many surprises.

  • Guardians of the Lake

    By Casey Kroll

    Smith Mountain Lake Association

        As I have shared in several of my previous articles, when I moved to Smith Mountain Lake about four years ago, I experienced many, many surprises.

  • Guardians of the Lake

    By Casey Kroll

    Smith Mountain Lake Association

        As I have shared in several of my previous articles, when I moved to Smith Mountain Lake about four years ago, I experienced many, many surprises.

  • The worst Cabinet choices ever

         As most Americans continue to be horrified by the prospect of a Donald Trump presidency, his selections for Cabinet positions bring to mind Hillary Clinton’s description of his supporters.
        “A basket of deplorables” is what she called them, a true remark for which she took a lot of heat. It’s pretty clear that what we’re going to get for his Cabinet falls into three chilling categories: corporate billionaires; military generals; and climate change deniers.

  • I’m disappointed

        I’m very disappointed.
        During the presidential campaign, quite a number of celebrities promised to leave the country if Donald Trump won the election. If you google “celebrities who promised to leave the country if Trump wins,” you will get a large number of lists from  s variety of sources. Some lists contain as many as 23 names.
        The lists include Barbara Streisand, Miley Cyrus and Whoopi Goldberg. I would  be glad to wish them “good riddance.”

  • The King is born

    Luke 2
        1 And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. 3 So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.

  • Letter 12/14/16

    An educated idiot

        Recently Rick Howell wrote an article in your paper trying to make the case that college educated people voted in waves for Hillary Clinton in the last election -- trying to make the point that uneducated Trump voters were stupid. The only thing it proves to me is that when you educate an idiot -- all you get is an educated idiot.