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Today's Opinions

  • When local businesses succeed, we all win

    Growing up, I would earn a quarter per chore – a quarter each for washing dishes, dusting, sweeping and more. I pocketed the quarters, hopped on my bike and rode four blocks to the main thoroughfare in my town of 1,000.
    I would peruse toy racks at the pharmacy and hardware store; drool over bulk candy at the grocery store and the flower shop; and peer at notepads in the glass case at the newspaper office. These locally-owned businesses received all of my hard-earned quarters.

  • Gift thoughtfully, shop locally

    As the holiday season gets fully underway, we should remind ourselves that certain kinds of gifts are more appreciated than others.

    Once children are past the age of wanting – desperately! – the latest toy or fashion, it gets harder to provide a really special gift. We offer the excuses of “I don’t know what’s in style right now,” or “I don’t know what kind of music the kids are listening to these days,” or even, “I don’t know what size anybody wears.”

  • Officers risk their lives to protect community

    Police officer down.

    The entire community holds its breath when it reads or hears those words, hands clasped and heads bowed, in the fervent hope that its worst fears are not realized.

    In incident involving a Portsmouth officer shot five times in the line of duty las week should spur us to take a moment to consider the challenge of police work in this day and age, a vocation that routinely requires the risk of life and limb in service to the public.

  • Close the gap between people and government

    I went to the thrift store and found a really nice sweater.
    While I waited to pay, I watched the family in front of me — a little boy about age 4 with his parents.
    They had a shopping cart with several bright-colored plastic toys and the little guy was just bubbling over, he was so happy.
    He pushed the empty cart back to the rack while the toys were being rung up. His daddy helped him steer. He was not smiling.
    His wife was waiting patiently at the counter, his boy was overjoyed, and shame was rolling off him. You could feel it.

  • Nasty campaign ads a disgrace

    Virginia voters must only wait one more day before casting their ballots in this year’s gubernatorial election, but for anyone with a television — heck, everyone with a mailbox — the conclusion of that race cannot happen soon enough.

    For months, commonwealth residents have been subjected to all manner of ugliness in the race to be their chief executive.

  • Electoral change could balance power in Virginia

    Virginia is a biphasic state, actually a commonwealth, with Northern Virginia in the political and financial sphere of Washington, D.C.
    Truly, the population density and wealth of the commonwealth are mainly in the James River area northward, up until and abutting the Potomac River on the south of the Potomac.

  • Pay attention to billing for wellness visits

    As a self-pay patient I feel it’s my responsibility to spread the word so everyone is aware of something I feel is new in the wellness visit billing world.  
    I took my daughter for her wellness visit to a local doctor’s office. During the visit the doctor asked the traditional questions, which I answered truthfully.
    When the bill came I realized we had been billed for a wellness visit ($120) and a sick visit ($151). I called to explain that this must be a mistake, as it was one visit and my daughter was perfectly healthy.

  • Boatman has aided community for years

    I would like to say a little about Phil Boatman, supervisor candidate for Pipers Gap District.
    He has really helped my family out in time of need during my three surgeries.
    He has taken me to my appointments, brought food to the family and called and checked on us to see if we needed anything.
    He has helped out several couples that were in need of things.
    He has also been high in Boy Scout ranks when his sons were in the scouts, holding district positions.