• Time to recognize good customer service

    There have been negative comments about several local businesses. I want to do the opposite and mention local businesses that gave me great service.

    I had two 90-foot pine trees on the edge of a bank that could have crushed my house if they blew over. I asked around for a company with insurance and a license. Ramey’s showed up with a bucket truck and a crane and took down the trees.

    You can imagine the mess. Watching these guys rake and use a blower to get all of the twigs up and hauled away, I knew I picked a good company.

  • Time to declare your independence from meat

    What ever happened to the good old days when our worst worries on the Fourth of July were traffic jams and wayward fireworks?
    A well-warranted worry, according to the Department of Agriculture’s Meat and Poultry Hotline, is food poisoning by nasty E. coli and salmonella bugs hiding in hot dogs and hamburgers at millions of backyard barbecues.
    The hotline’s advice is to grill them longer and hotter. Of course, they avoid mentioning that the high-temperature grilling that kills the bugs also happens to form cancer-causing compounds.

  • Positivity, compassion, love can conquer hate

    The local newspapers serve a valuable avenue of communication for the people, but is it fair for you to lay your negative views on all of us continually?
    You are judging and condemning those who have dedicated their lives to serving our country. Maybe we need to ask, “What am I doing for the good of my country or my community.” We are so blessed to live here in God’s mountains and need to be thanking the great source of life every day, rather than constantly complaining.

  • While the Americans were sleeping

    We Americans do nothing as these politicians and these cop shops have turned our home town into a sanctuary for these illegal Mexican criminals and their Mexican drug trafficking. Harboring and aiding criminals is a crime.
    All the money taken from the American people and borrowed from China for these politicians and cop shops and for Homeland Security are the end results.
    Each year millions of these criminal Mexicans, drugs, terrorist cells and weapons flow freely across the Mexican border into the United States and into our communities.

  • Wickedness will bring God's wrath on America

    I love America. And I don’t say that nonchalantly.

    America is truly the greatest nation on earth. Because (so far), we have the freedoms and opportunities that other nations only dream of.

    The Christian religion is what made America great. It wasn’t lying politicians and God haters (nor Islam), that get all the media attention today.

    Our nation began with leaders who had high moral standards, which today, are few and far between. And thus, God blessed it to become what it is.

  • LandCare group helps small farmers thrive

    Kudos to D.T. Clark for her excellent article on local small-scale farmers and the issues they face. It is clear that farmers are passionate about what they do and value working close to nature. It is also true that it is very hard to make a profit; the majority of small farmers have second jobs that provide necessary income for what they sometimes refer to as their “hobby.”
    Some may think of this work as a throwback to an earlier time, simply hanging on to tradition. But they couldn’t be more wrong.

  • Reader shares Mothers Day poem

    She watches us grow from a little sprout.
    Our banged up knees and when we pout.
    Mother is there to help us out.
    As we grow up and move out, it hurts
    Mother, there’s no doubt.
    And when we come home with our wounded pride.
    There is one who stands by our side,
    As her eyes grow dim with age and time.
    So many memories are left behind.
    Although her hair has turned gray
    She is still beautiful anyway, Mother.
    No matter what heart ache we have to bear
    Mother is always there

  • Replace animal foods with alternatives

    With the 47th annual observance of Earth Day having just occurred, this is a great time to explore more effective ways of slowing climate change and conserving earth’s natural resources for future generations.
    A 2010 United Nations report charged animal agriculture with 19 percent of man-made greenhouse gases— more than all transport — and recommended a global shift to a vegan diet.

  • Tobacco Commission needs public input

    The Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission was created by the Virginia General Assembly in 1999 as a mechanism to manage proceeds awarded to the state from the national tobacco settlement.
    The commission has awarded nearly 2,000 grants totaling more than $1 billion to promote education and workforce development opportunities and stimulate economic growth across the tobacco region of Virginia.

  • Why did governor veto virtual public school bill?

    Gov. McAuliffe vetoed House Bill 8, which would have created a statewide full-time virtual public school with grades K-12.
    Right now in Virginia we have the Virginia Virtual Academy, which my family is enrolled in. However, the current school is only grades K-7 and has 500 students  statewide.
    Virtual education has worked for my family and as a parent I wanted my student enrolled in this program because it offered the best learning environment.