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Opinion

  • Once again the Nelson County School Board is faced with another distraction Following board member David Norman’s resignation of his position Nov. 14.

  • In today’s society, we sometimes forget that there are still good people in the world. On three recent separate occasions, I have been fortunate enough to experience the goodness that still exists.

  • Thanksgiving has long been my favorite holiday.

    It’s sort of like Christmas without the hassle, tension, tackiness and greed.

    There are no greeting cards to mail, gifts to buy and return, rude crowds, inane jingles on the radio or loud commercials with car salesmen in ridiculous red suits.

    Thanksgiving is about appreciating what we’ve already got, not a brief interlude before Black Friday. It’s also about being with and enjoying one’s family.

  • Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. We’ll gather around tables and eat turkey and mashed potatoes until we’re full, then we’ll watch football until it’s time to go shopping. That’s how it goes, right?

  • To the editor,
    How anyone could possibly put the blame for overdoses and addictions of opioids on the pharmaceutical companies instead of solely on the weak-minded individual is beyond me.
    Our judge-executive and the magistrates want to recoup money from the makers of drugs (which help millions without being abused) instead of the drug abusers or over-prescribers. (editor’s note: The county approved joining a suit against drug distributors, not manufacturers.)

  • The United States was late in entering the Great War, but the last soldier to die in it was an American.

    Henry Gunther, a private in the 79th Infantry Division of the American Expeditionary Force in France, was killed at 10:59 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918, one minute before the armistice went into effect.

  • As Republicans in Congress move forward on their tax plan, it’s worth remembering one thing: whatever the legislative particulars, keep your eye on the plan’s impact on the federal debt. Our debt load is already worrisome. It’s almost certainly going to get worse.

  • I’ve been confused about politics ever since Republican states became red states, which to me, growing up in the era of Red China, suggested commissars and gulags and thought control, which of course Utah and Texas and Georgia do not have. You can believe in God in those states, same as in blue states. Blue makes me think of Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters, but that’s another matter.

  • Political commentators are supposed to be somewhat objective and analytical when it comes to tracking trends. In that spirit, I find the polling snapshot of President Trump at one year since his election to be interesting — if “interesting” is defined as a downward spiral of polarization, pettiness and prejudice that threatens the daily functioning and moral standing of the American republic.

  • Let’s assume, just for a moment, that the great political leaders of the past were not cynical, deluded or deceptive when they talked about morality and religion. Let’s posit that, at least in some instances, they were not just striking poses but making arguments.

    Early in 1939, President Franklin Roosevelt delivered his State of the Union address in an atmosphere charged with menace. Germany had just occupied the Sudetenland. Kristallnacht was recent news. Roosevelt was beginning to prepare Americans for the exertions of a global war.

  • Somehow I got on Team Trump’s email list, and now I’m getting requests for money.

    The president wants me to renew my Sustaining Membership for 2017.

    Here’s the thing: He wants to use my money against me and other journalists.

    “We cannot allow the Fake News Media and obstructionist Democrats to flood the airwaves and mislead the American people, Randall, and they are our strongest opponent yet,” said the letter signed by Donald J. Trump.

  • Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, and it’s because of the little goblins.

    And by little goblins, I mean my own, my two boys.

    We live on one of those streets where people come from outside the neighborhood to trick-or-treat. We gave out about 800 pieces of candy this year, if that gives you some idea of the scale of the event on our street.

  • Nelson County has been blessed by having four seasoned, first-responder chaplains working with law enforcement officers, EMTs and area fire departments.

    Karl Lusk, Eldon Morgan, Terry Troutman and Tom Mobley are experienced ministers who volunteer their time and talents to assist the public and the first responders themselves when tragedies strike.

  • NelCASA is an organization vital to our community. It provides trained advocates to help our children as they navigate through the legal system. The nonprofit organization’s only mission is to work on behalf of the children. And without one man, it’s likely that organization wouldn’t exist here or at the very least, it wouldn’t be as fine-tuned and time-tested as it is.

    Former District Judge Tom Dawson started the Nelson County NelCASA chapter in 1985 as the first of its kind in the state.

  • To the Nelson County Community,

  • The aging are not easy to care for, and the reality is, we are all moving in that direction, whether we like it or not.

    My mother is 95-years-old. I spent a few days with her a couple of weeks ago in her long-term care facility.

  • This is it. For awhile anyway.

  • GARRISON KEILLOR

    Columnist

    The Washington Post

  • MICHAEL GERSON

    columnist

    michaelgerson@washpost.com

    The objections of some Trump critics to Republican politicians attempting to join them — they awakened too late, they are risking too little, their words are not direct enough, they are halfhearted hypocrites — are pure lunacy. Do Never Trumpers actually enjoy their righteous irrelevance? Do they fear being soiled by association with the complicit and compromised?