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Column – Get the shot or drink alone

In order to protect their employees and keep their doors open, businesses across the country are beginning to take actions that keep the unvaccinated on ... Read more

1 day ago by Roger Watson.

Opinion — Is Virginia really No. 1 for business?

It was great news that, according to CNBC, Virginia is the number one state in the nation to do business. An honor like this is ... Read more

6 days ago by Frank Ruff.

Opinion – Republicans need to stop rooting against the state

One would think that Virginia winning its second consecutive honor as the top state in the nation for business from CNBC would be something we ... Read more

6 days ago by Roger Watson.

We need bold action on infrastructure, climate change

By Karen McElfish Virginia Mercury This past year has challenged Virginia in unforeseeable ways. Our faith communities have been tested by not one, but four ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Guest Columnist.

New law causes energy bills to increase

Democrats have been doing their dead level best to make electricity more expensive for Virginians. In 2020, they passed the Virginia Clean Economy Act, which ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Tommy Wright.

Jesus can save you

To the Editor: This letter is one that is not political, nor religious but an invitation for salvation, relationship and eternity. First let me make ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Letters to the Editor.

Pandemic divided us when we should have united

To the Editor: King Oedipus is the subject of what is possibly the most renowned tragedy in literary history. This most beloved king of Athens ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Letters to the Editor.

Opinion – Council should rethink plan for Confederate statue

In Charlottesville, statues of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson were taken away on flatbed trucks this month. In Richmond, a dozen Confederate statues have ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Roger Watson.

Opinion — REV initiative offers training assistance

Employment data for Virginia presents a complicated picture. In 2019 before COVID-19 shutdowns impacted the economy, Virginia reported an unemployment rate of only 2.7%. During ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Quentin Johnson.

Let us know your unique talent

As the world wakes up from its pandemic slumber, I find myself questioning why I didn’t learn a new talent or get a new hobby ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Alexa Massey.

Opinion – Democratic policies have made Virginia less safe

Last week’s news was filled with violence and bloodshed all too close to home. Central Virginia saw a rash of murders unlike anything in recent ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Tommy Wright.

Are we really a racist nation?

The phrase “Can’t we all get along?” by the late Rodney King was uttered after he was brutally beaten by Los Angeles police officers three ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Frank Ruff.

Opinion – Comparing grocery store to-go options

One year ago, I took it upon myself to write a review of our local Walmart’s online ordering and pickup to help others decide if ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Alexa Massey.

Opinion – Court upholds prior ruling on gender equality

Last week the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case of Gloucester v. Grim, ending a long fight over whether a student born female ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Tommy Wright.

Opinion – Are we really a racist nation?

The phrase “Can’t we all get along” by the late Rodney King was uttered after he was brutally beaten by Los Angeles officers three decades ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Frank Ruff.

Opinion – School Board is holding all the cards

In their game of political poker with the Board of Supervisors, the Prince Edward County School Board is holding four aces. Here’s how it should ... Read more

1 month ago by Roger Watson.

Opinion – New laws took effect July 1

Thursday, July 1, legislation passed during the 2021 General Assembly session became law, with some exceptions. This session, the Democratic majority passed a significant number ... Read more

1 month ago by Matt Fariss.

Opinion – Thank you to Carter

It is the dream of many people to be able to look back on a long, successful career and find that they have largely left ... Read more

1 month ago by Alexa Massey.

Opinion — Amazingly, parole board investigation turns up nothing

With great shock and amazement, I write to tell you that, after a few weeks study which concluded that “there was nothing to worry about ... Read more

1 month ago by Frank Ruff.

Virginia’s community colleges bring unparalleled value

For the fourth year in a row, tuition at Southside Virginia Community College will remain unchanged. The State Board for Community Colleges made the decision ... Read more

1 month ago by Quentin Johnson.

Opinion – Anyone can dance and sing

In college, I spent a great deal of my free time dancing. I was the president of a Latin dance team. I went every week ... Read more

2 months ago by Alexa Massey.

Opinion – School improvements should be funded by supervisors

I agree with Prince Edward County Supervisor Jim Wilck’s June 11 guest column and news article published June 9 in The Farmville Herald and Herald ... Read more

2 months ago by Guest Columnist.

Opinion – Make sure to close mental tabs

I’m sure you know a coworker or family member who always seems to have 20 tabs open at the same time. We’ve got a lot ... Read more

2 months ago by Alexa Massey.

Opinion – Less democracy is never a good choice

Apparently frustrated with the fruits of the democratic process, the Prince Edward County Board of Supervisors recently had County Administrator Doug Stanley look into how ... Read more

2 months ago by Roger Watson.

Opinion — A new plan for Prince Edward County Schools

With none of our three schools accredited, student SOLs falling yet again and a high school that has fallen to a ranking of 314 out ... Read more

2 months ago by Jim Wilck.

Opinion — Virginia has a low rate of recidivism

Gov. Ralph Northam recently announced Virginia had maintained its consistently solid ranking as a low-recidivism state. Those who are incarcerated in Virginia return to prison ... Read more

2 months ago by Tommy Wright.

Opinion — The founding fathers were far from perfect

While perfect is what we should all work toward in everything we do, seldom do we reach that goal every time. There has been only ... Read more

2 months ago by Frank Ruff.

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