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Today's Opinions

  • Vladimir Vladimirovich in the quicksand pit

        It’s beginning to look like Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin is biting off more than he can chew when it comes to foreign policy.
        It began three years ago when Russia launched a fast moving special forces operation that took control of Crimea so fast that it took control of Crimea with no resistance. Nobody saw it coming.

  • Trump debacle energizes Va. Democrats

        The multi-faceted circus that has taken up residence in the White House these days has had at least one positive effect: It’s galvanized many of the 48 million people who cast ballots for vote-winner Hillary Clinton.
        Even many of those who helped His Accidency sneak in through the Electoral College, by staying home or voting for Gary Johnson or Jill Stein, now realize that the Trump regime represents a profound menace to much of what moderates, liberals and progressives hold dear in this country.

  • The climate has changed many times
  • He is Risen!

    John 19: 5-6
    5 When Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe, Pilate said to them, “Here is the man!”
    6 As soon as the chief priests and their officials saw him, they shouted, “Crucify! Crucify!” But Pilate answered, “You take him and crucify him. As for me, I find no basis for a charge against him.”

    Luke 23:44-47
    44 It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon,

  • Letters 04/05/17

    Setting the
    example

        In September I went to the funeral for the police officer in Shelby, North Carolina. I am an uncle of officer Tim Brackeen’s wife. At first I hesitated to go as I expected that the crowd and the traffic would be tremendous. After hearing that a few family members from the Roanoke Valley decided not to go, I made a last minute decision to go to support my sister and my niece.

  • UVA ends distance engineering program

    By Matthew Burrill

    The University of Virginia’s distance engineering program, known as the PRODUCED program, is coming to an end at a time where it seems education is moving more in the direction of online degrees.

  • An ignorant retreat on climate change

         In December, more than 2,000 scientists signed a letter to Donald Trump urging him to recognize reality about climate change and not reverse the U.S. commitment, under President Obama, to address this global problem.
         But as we’ve long known, appealing to this man through facts means absolutely nothing. He doesn’t recognize facts that don’t already jibe with his own “thinking,” a word that belongs in quotes because no one can be sure how his bizarre mind actually works, whether real thinking ever occurs.

  • It’s been easy to roll us

        Some hostile foreign powers have found it easy to roll us in the past because of our general reluctance to get tough along with our often bi-polar approach to foreign policy. Take the Soviet Union and Fidel Castro’s Cuba, for example.