Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Letters 07-10-19

    Farms are

        Sixty years ago the last coal fired steam locomotive on the N&W was put to rest.

  • 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! 

  • Celebrating electric lineworkers

    By Jeri Matheney
    Communications Director, Appalachian Power

        Wednesday, July 10, is National Lineworker Appreciation Day. At Appalachian Power, it naturally is a day in which we celebrate our line mechanics and other front line employees and the work they do.
        As the company spokesperson, I’m on the edges of that world, but not truly a part of it. I’m the person customers love to hate, because I might bring bad news about power outages or rising power bills.

  • 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.

  • Letters 07-03-19

    Sure Is quiet

        If you haven’t read Doug Mayhew’s letter of 2-13-19, you certainly should.  He made it clear as to how the inter-circle of the Sheriff’s office works.  This is only a small part of the operation. 

  • 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.