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Today's Opinions

  • The Gentleman from Bedford

        Lacey Putney was a statesman, a citizen legislator—the longest serving in Virginia—and a veteran.
        Putney was a Big Island native, a mentor and a good ole country boy.
        He was always ready to tell a story, was a man of action and vigorously represented this area.
        This past Saturday, Putney moved on to his reward, passing away at the age of 89.

  • Did you use the correct lenses?

    By Pastor Troy Keaton
    EastLake Community Church
    Moneta

        Do you see the eclipse this past Monday?  I accidentally did.  I was doing some work on our house and had to make a run to CAPPS Home Building Supply just about the time it was at maximum coverage.  Several of the employees were in the parking sharing glasses to view this “once in a lifetime” cosmic phenomena. They were kind enough to give me a look using the right lenses. 

  • Trump is clearly encouraging racism

         Racism and hate have to be taught. No one is born that way. That was the essence of a tweet that could truly be said to have been read around the world.
        It was from our last president, Barack Obama, sorely missed now by all the millions of Americans so horrified and embarrassed by the bad joke that replaced him.

  • Don’t hyperventilate

        Some western leaders have been hyperventilating about Russia’s Zapad 2017 military exercises. These exercises have been going on for some time and some folks have worried about them. The exercises mean “West” and Russia has carried these out as a rehearsal for a defensive operation against an attack from the west.

  • 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.