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“If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.” — John Lennon “Black Friday” was a metaphor beyond the merchants’ bottom line. Headlines on last Friday’s Drudge Report reflect a culture that is being trampled by the greed and me-only attitude of a growing number of us: Mall mayhem. . . . Suspected shoplifter shot after dragging cop through Kohl’s parking lot. . . . Brawls. . . . Man stabbed over
Rasoul would carry on Ware’s legacy I was surprised by and empathized with Del. Onzlee Ware’s announcement of resignation. I wondered who could fill such large shoes. Where do we even begin to find a suitable successor? Roanoke residents can place their confidence in Sam Rasoul. Here’s why: Rasoul is a leader and relationship-builder who deeply understands our interconnectedness. He is a connector of people to resources — creating and
The nonpartisan Sorensen Institute’s only mission is to improve the quality of political leadership in Virginia. Among its guiding principles is a vow not to “take positions for or against issues, causes or proposals.” Not so the alumni of its nonpartisan Political Leaders Program, which grooms Virginians interested in public service. Many are organizing around a cause — less partisan redistricting — that has become essential to the institute’s mission.
Times are a changing in the Roanoke region, and so will our representation for the 11th District House of Delegates in Richmond. There will be a special election Jan. 7 to fill the seat of Del. Onzlee Ware. Given past election results for this district, the winner of Saturday’s Democratic firehouse primary will almost certainly get the job. Primary math can be a bit alarming for those who believe in representative
I’m sure there are people who cheat the system as far as SNAP (food stamps) are concerned. Nine hundred dollars is a lot of money and seems like too much. But it takes only a little simple math to see what that means to “a family with four children.” First dividing $900 into a 30-day month you get a sum of $30 a day. I guess in a month with
The state of Virginia’s economy is such that the next administration and the General Assembly must tackle serious fundamental problems in order to continue the state’s vitality. It is estimated that 30 percent of the state’s economy is drawn from federal expenditures for government agencies, military bases, contractors and services. We receive $15,000 per person in federal expenditures after subtracting the amount paid for federal taxes, according to the U.S.
Every year, parents whose sons and daughters are passed over for admission to one of Virginia’s top universities take their complaints to state lawmakers. And every year, the issue quickly devolves into a debate over how big of a slice of the admissions pie should be reserved for in-state students. Some legislators, attempting to duck a pie in the face, are all too happy to distract from the real problem:
Rasoul is a true progessive Democrat Re: Brian Wishneff’s letter regarding the candidates for delegate in the 11th District (“White-Boyd the sole Democrat in the field,” Nov. 29): He doesn’t tell us what he bases this opinion on. I know Sam Rasoul is a true progressive Democrat. I have admired Rasoul since he ran against Rep. Bob Goodlatte in 2008. I truly believe Rasoul is a different kind of politician,
When United Way of Roanoke Valley was founded in 1924, it was a way for the people of our community to come together to alleviate the suffering of those among us who were struggling with life’s challenges. Over time, the name “United Way” became synonymous with “fundraiser” to most people — and for good reason. Over the past 89 years, our United Way has distributed more than $150 million given
The Nov. 17 Pick of the day, “Tossing out the hungry in a snap,” asks if “the doubling of SNAP expenses since 2008 is due to the economic downturn that began in 2007, and the resultant increase in unemployment and drop in median income of working Americans.” That’s simply not possible. Yes, the economic downturn certainly played a role in increased enrollment. But that alone cannot be blamed for the
Like it or not, Virginia’s economy depends heavily on the federal budget and, by extension, Congress. Political shenanigans that of late have distorted the budget process in Congress are damaging the state’s economic outlook. And what was once a staple, its economic bread and butter — federal defense spending and federal jobs — has become a source of great uncertainty. Sequestration — a game of political chicken gone badly wrong
White-Boyd will represent all Roanokers On Dec. 7, at the primary to be held in the Roanoke Civic Center, 11th District voters will have an opportunity to nominate an ideal Democratic Party candidate for delegate: Trish White-Boyd. White-Boyd is a successful small business owner (50 employees) who just happens to be female, a minority, and a person of faith and family values. Roanokers can choose a progressive, community-oriented individual with
The Roanoke Times, Carilion Clinic and LewisGale should help publicize all the ways that people in our community can get help signing up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act. There are navigators and counselors who can help, and the newspaper and local media and the health community should help publicize this. They are doing a terrible disservice to our community by not getting the word out to people. Go
Early 20th-century American author Wallace Wattles was fond of saying that “the exercise of gratitude will never fail to strengthen your faith and renew your purpose.” Just because some people thought the man who wrote the 1910 self-help book “The Science of Getting Rich” was something of a spiritual charlatan doesn’t mean that his take on giving thanks is any less true or relevant today. However, at a time when
Keeping up with the daily local, national and international news can lead some readers to conclude that our world is increasingly cruel, chaotic and splintered. I beg to differ. Aid continues to arrive in the Philippines from around the globe in response to Typhoon Haiyan. Current estimates put the toll at more than 5,000 dead and millions homeless with many survivors in immediate need of food and clean water. Even
The first principle of reason is to treat others as you would be treated. The concept is innate knowledge and carries its own authority. So exceptional is this single principle, it is the only thing on which all rational adults agree. Certainly many people do not obey this “golden rule,” especially among the young, for we all cling to selfishness. But no one denies the principle. To do so would
In 2011, tens of thousands of government employees and others, enraged by Gov. Scott Walker’s determination to break the ruinously expensive and paralyzing grip that government workers’ unions had on Wisconsin, took over the Capitol building in Madison. With chanting, screaming and singing supplemented by bullhorns, bagpipes and drum circles, their cacophony shook the building that the squalor of their occupation made malodorous. They spat on Republican legislators and urinated
The chairman of the state election board is the last person who should be fizzing about the commonwealth impugning the “integrity” of the vote he’s charged with overseeing or the local officials laboring to ensure the process is handled fairly. That rule holds true on any day, but particularly now as preparations are under way for a recount in the closest statewide race in modern Virginia history. Nevertheless, Charles Judd
White-Boyd offers the ideal candidate Roanoke City Democrats have an opportunity to elect an ideal replacement for Onzlee Ware’s seat in the House of Delegates. First, they must vote on Dec. 7 to make Trish White-Boyd the winner in the Democratic primary. Next, when she is safely on the ballot for the special election, they have a chance to elect a crackerjack delegate to the House. Local Democrats already know
“The doctors tell us nothing is more helpful in combating Spanish Influenza than fresh air. Get a BICYCLE and enjoy the GREAT OUTDOORS.” This declaration appeared in The Roanoke Times on Oct. 6, 1918, in an advertisement for the Roanoke Cycle Co. The advertisement, like many others published in American newspapers, used widespread reports about the Spanish flu epidemic to market products to consumers. In this case, the Roanoke Cycle
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