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The lawn jockey mentality

With less than three months until the presidential election, gas prices steadily on the rise, unemployment eclipsing steadily above 8 percent, and over 47 million Americans on welfare, the last thing one would imagine that a member of our congress is focusing on would be the racial backdrop of a campaign rally. 

No. 1 uranium hurdle: Developing a safety culture

The National Academy of Sciences report concluded that Virginia would face “steep hurdles” if it removes the moratorium on uranium mining. Arguably the steepest hurdle is developing a culture of safety, in which both regulators and employees, as well as elected officials and corporate executives, give priority to protecting our health and resources.

It makes sense

There has been a lot of talk lately about what the YMCA of South Boston/Halifax County and the Mecklenburg County YMCA are doing. 

Thanks from a grateful mom


Many may remember that my son, Chris Ammons, was in a terrible car accident May 30.  It was the worst day of my life.  

COMMUNITY VOICE: Distorting history to promote gay acceptance

President Obama’s timely support for same sex marriage has generated a wave of discussion amongst the American people. Whether it is the workplace water-cooler, letters in local newspapers or reports on local and national news, the recent “flip-flop,” I mean “evolving” position of the president on the matter of same sex marriage, has reemerged the issue into a public discussion. 

COMMUNITY VOICE: Arrowheads? Probably not.

There are many of us who have found ancient artifacts from early Native Americans while walking our fields and farm roads after a fresh rain has exposed them to view as they migrate to the surface from so many years ago. 

COMMUNITY VOICE: Addressing the manufacturing skills gap

“We seek success in Finland, are born and die in Maine. In minor ways we differ, in major we’re the same.” Dr. Maya Angelou so eloquently penned these words in her poem “Human Family.” And though she was referring to the thread of humanity that weaves through us all, I suggest that the same lesson applies for communities and businesses striving to keep pace in this rapidly changing global economy. 

COMMUNITY VOICE: Uranium Policy: Why insist on transparency?

The Uranium Working Group’s work plan presented at a March 7 meeting of the Uranium Mining Subcommittee drew instant, sharp criticism for its lack of transparency, which was deemed particularly reprehensible in light of the report by the National Academy of Sciences, which told us that international best practices are “founded on principles of openness, transparency and public involvement in oversight and decision-making.”