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Columns

  • Their social agenda is important to them

        Liberals like to criticize conservatives for the importance we attach to social issues such as abortion and homosexuality. They like to accuse us of wanting to fight culture wars instead of focusing on real issues.

  • Warren, Harris shine on campaign trail

        Former Vice President Joe Biden continues to be the front-runner among 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, but there are two women in his rear-view mirror who are gaining fast.
         Two members of the U.S. Senate, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, and Kamala Harris of California, are winning notice, raising money, and rising in polls because of highly effective, even inspirational, campaigning.

  • Water Safety Council thanks boat operators for fireworks-watching behavior

        The Smith Mountain Lake Water Safety Council, together with SML-area law enforcement, thanked all boat operators who honored the No-Wake Protocol while traveling into and out of Independence Day weekend fireworks viewing areas.
        Very few instances of boats making wakes as they arrived and departed were observed at fireworks events on July 4 at Mariner’s Landing, July 5 at Mitchell’s Marina and July 6 at Saunder’s Parkway Marina.

  • Riggleman applauds expansion of broadband in Bedford County

        Congressman Denver Riggleman applauded Comcast’s expansion of broadband to Bedford County in the 5th District.  
        Comcast, in partnership with Bedford County, announced the launch of a project to extend broadband service to more than 7,000 addresses in Smith Mountain Lake, Va. Comcast plans to begin rolling-out services to parts of the area this month with an expected completion of the project by year-end.

  • Boat crew communication 

    By Tom Merriman
    SML Water Safety Council

        This isn’t an article about folks on a boat ride talking about the beautiful scenery at Smith Mountain Lake.  Rather, this IS an article about the importance of communicating, by anyone on board, timely information to the vessel operator in a potentially dangerous situation! 

  • Our immoral shame at the border

        It’s become clear that all Americans should be ashamed at how foreign nationals at our border with Mexico are being treated, and that such treatment simply cannot be justified because they were trying to get here illegally.
        The tragedy of Donald Trump’s presidency first began when he branded all illegal immigrants as “rapists and killers.” He didn’t say “some,” or “a few,” he spoke in general terms.

  • War with Iran?

        A couple of weeks ago, Rick Howell entitled his Liberal Agenda column “There must not be war with Iran.”
        Of course, we know from his past columns that, like other denizens of the so called “Democratic” Party’s extreme left, he hates the military and hates President Donald Trump. We also know that the Iran nuclear deal, which president Trump pulled out of, was the final act of his god Barack Obama’s foreign policy.

  • Time for deep cuts to military spending

        Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Democrat of Hawaii, is one of many candidates for her party’s nomination for president in 2020. She’s a long shot, to be sure. But her campaign has already set a standard in modern politics that others will hopefully emulate.
        Gabbard is a combat veteran, having served two deployments in Iraq as a soldier in the Hawaii Army National Guard. She started in politics in Hawaii’s state legislature, and has now served four terms in Congress.

  • Government does something right

        I’m always suspicious about government. Government, especially the federal government, has a tremendous capacity for screwing things up. Local government, especially small local governments, tend to be much better, although I still prefer the private sector.

  • There must not be war with Iran

        When Donald Trump took the oath of office as president, those who watch foreign policy knew the world would become a more dangerous place, and that any attempt at good American relations with Iran was doomed.
        Trump has no business managing U.S. foreign policy. In his simple mind there are only “bad guys” and “good guys” in the world. If you think his understanding of our planet gets any more complicated than that, you’re kidding yourself.