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COMMUNITY VOICE: ‘Duck Dynasty’ — Lessons from the swamp

By Bill and Lynne Quackenbush

“Duck Dynasty,” a family based TV series, opened its fourth season recently and broke records while doing so.  About 12 million viewers watched the season premier, making it “…the most watched non-fiction series telecast in cable TV history.”  It should make you wonder ‘why’ and ‘how’ an extended family of self-admitted “Louisiana rednecks” that makes duck calls for a living could grab and hold the attention of millions of Americans each week.  

COMMUNITY VOICE: ‘No justice, no peace:’ The unjust treatment

By Mel Whitlock

On Aug. 3, 2013 Alexis Murphy, a 17-year-old high school senior from Nelson County, failed to return home from a scheduled hair appointment in nearby Lynchburg. 

COMMUNITY VOICE: Honest discussion needed on uranium mining

The people of Southside Virginia deserve an honest discussion about uranium mining in Pittsylvania County. We deserve a discussion based on science and facts that informs us, rather than stirring up our fears and emotions.

COMMUNITY VOICE: Virginia Uranium isn’t asking for milling regulations

By Katie Whitehead 

Uranium milling is legal in Virginia. So is the storage of uranium mill tailings. Virginia Uranium is not asking for milling regulations. It doesn’t have to. 

Same sex marriage myths

Two cases that could forever change the United States are being argued before the Supreme Court this week.  The cases are as follows:

It’s a ‘mini Carnegie Hall’ right here in South Boston

Some time back, someone told me he was asked, “Why waste your time on the Parsons-Bruce Art Association or Destination Downtown?  You get nothing from them.”

A warning to parents I never received

On Thursday, Feb. 21, I received a phone call from the principal of Meadville Elementary School. She started the conversation saying she had my son in the office, and she was going to let him tell me what happened.

Arguments in favor of mining in Virginia not sufficiently persuasive

I have followed the uranium debate for several years. I have listened to mining proponents’ views and read their press releases. I have noted the various positions taken by local governing bodies and newspaper editorial pages. I have read the reports offered by NAS and Chmura Economics and skimmed the Moran and Virginia Beach reports and the report prepared by the Governor’s Uranium Working Group.

Mining, health risks and medical geology

A little known multidisciplinary field that spans the vast scientific landscape from medicine to earth science goes by the name of “medical geology.”