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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Be a Master Gardener

    By Sue Becker
    Bedford Extension Master Gardener

        The recent “Growing For Holiday Centerpieces”, put on in conjunction with the Bedford Public Libraries and Bedford Extension Master Gardeners, is just the latest example of educational community outreach by Virginia Cooperative Extension Bedford Master Gardeners.

  • Did Russia ‘elect’ Donald Trump?

        As the disaster of The Great Stupidity of 2016 sinks in, it’s more and more clear how the Electoral College Only victory of Donald Trump is complicated by his bizarre bromance with Vladimir Putin and Russia.
        As this was written, the CIA had announced that it was clear Russia had worked covertly to influence the election in favor of Trump. The Wikileaks revelations about DNC e-mails came from Russia.