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Editorial

  • Leaving a stain

        Governor Ralph Northam’s job might have been saved.
        And it’s not because of any apology or commitment to championing racial equality over the rest of his term. No, it’s simple politics.
        When news broke of Northam’s blackface past, cries went out from both Democrats and Republicans for him to resign. Few believed he could weather the storm he was facing. Democrat potential presidential candidates called for him to leave office; so did former Virginia governors and other national figures.

  • He was in the photo before he wasn’t

        Embattled Virginia Governor Ralph Northam was in the photo before he wasn’t.
        At least that’s the story he’s sticking too.
    The photo in question was first published by Big League Politics. On a page dedicated to photos of Northam from his 1984 medical school yearbook, the now famous photo shows two people, one in a blackface and another in a Ku Klux Klan outfit.

  • Protecting student journalism

        A legislative panel rejected a bill protecting student journalists from administrative censorship on a tie vote Monday. That was unfortunate.
        In a Capital News Service story by Saffeya Ahmed, House Bill 2382, sponsored by Del. Chris Hurst, D-Montgomery, would have protected free speech for student journalists in public elementary, middle and high schools, as well as public institutions of higher education.

  • Rush to judgment

        There seems to be obsession with some in the media to destroy anything or anyone associated with President Trump.
        And many times that means rushing to judgment on stories before all the facts are known.
        We saw that play out in the confirmation hearings of now US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh as his accusers’ reports proved to be—at best—unsubstantiated and uncorroborated and at worst out-right lies.
        This week has seen more of the same.

  • Three empty chairs

        Gazing out an open sliding-glass door to my left, I can see only clear blue sky and greenish-gray river water.  The Suwanee River is well out of its banks, the flood waters lapping gently at the base of our house.  I don’t fear the flood invading the house, built on sturdy concrete stilts to offset that risk.  I’m ensconced in a comfortable chair, and the gentle breeze floating in the open door carries a sweet intoxicating fragrance that sets my mind to drifting.  The new year has arrived.   

  • Cold water survival – Are you prepared?

        Despite winter being upon us, hearty watersports lovers continue their pursuits on our lake.  But extra caution is required since getting immersed in the cold water, even for relatively short periods, can be life-threatening. As we write, SML’s surface water is 46 degrees (F) with some ice forming in coves on cold nights.

  • It’s looking good for a Bedford train station

        Impressive results for Amtrak train ridership in Roanoke during the station’s inaugural year support the addition of a station stop in Bedford. More than 56,000 people boarded or disembarked at the Roanoke station from November 2017 – October 2018. This is yet more evidence that the state’s Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) and the Com-monwealth Transportation Board are moving in the right direction, providing more convenient travel options for all Virginians and for travelers visiting the state.

  • For those whose ‘office’ is the road... Save more lives

        The families of three firefighters were forever changed on the night of October 11, 2018 when a tractor-trailer crashed into the back of a Hanover County firetruck on Interstate 295. Lt. Brad Clark’s family is reminded daily of his tragic death. Our prayers and thoughts go out to them as they prepare to spend their first Christmas without him. We wish the two firefighters who survived the crash strength and wellbeing as they continue their journeys of recovery. That incident occurred during the heavy rains of Tropical Storm Michael.

  • Perfect timing

    Luke 2: 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.

  • 26 years in the House

    By Bob Goodlatte

        In a few weeks, I will complete my service as the United States Representative for Virginia’s Sixth District. It has been the honor of my life to serve in Congress since I was elected in 1992.  I am humbled by both the trust my constituents have placed in me and the enormity of the job each time I set foot in the well of the House in the United States Capitol and prepare to cast a vote.