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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Stories of endurance

    By James F. Burns

    Retired professor
    University of Florida

        Four family stories of endurance begin in the Ohio wilderness of 1798.  A bone-chilling wind whipped through the forest, the howling harbinger of a driving snowstorm.  John Hosbrook had run into a blizzard on his homeward hike from the fort where he had replenished his family’s salt supply.  That family and a warm cabin awaited him—if only he could get there.

  • Racist slugs terrorize Charlottesville

        When liberals first pointed out that American racists were now known as “the alt right,” and calling themselves “white nationalists,” conservatives said, huh, what? We’ve never even heard of that, they claimed.
        Well, after last week’s tragic events in Charlottesville, they know about it now, don’t they? Or will they continue to bury their heads in the sand, and act as though Donald Trump wasn’t largely elected by racists, the “angry whites” we’ve heard so much about.

  • Tensions rise as Kim blusters

        North Korea has upped its level of threats against the United States. As of this writing, senior North Korean officials have threatened to simultaneously launch four ballistic missiles toward Guam sometime in the second half of this month. The missiles are to pass over Japan and land in the ocean near Guam.

  • Next Steps

    Governor McAuliffe’s statement on events in Charlottesville
     
    RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe released the statement below regarding the next steps he and his administration will take following the events this past weekend in Charlottesville:

  • 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.

  • ‘Love Where You Live’

    By Nicole S. Johnson
    Director of Tourism

        Do you remember the Faberge commercial that showed a woman (Heather Locklear) who “told two friends” about a product, and they told two friends, and so on and so on? That commercial was introduced about 35 years ago if you can believe it.  But the concept still applies today.

  • 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.