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It seems that a lot can happen over a ten-year period. Oh, wait a minute, it seems that ten years later, the headline is the same. For instance, the headline for August 30 was “Rain and More Rain.” Well last week in 2020, we had 2 1/2 inches of rain and then it was followed up with another 1…

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The term “Gold Star” describes a family who has lost a loved one in military service and is a modern reference that comes from the military Service Flag.  These flags or banners were first flown by families during World War I.  The flag included a blue star for every immediate family member …

The 2021 General Assembly Special Session continues to move slowly, as the House did not meet at all last week.   

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All over America, there are efforts to change law enforcement.  In some cities, there has been an open effort to defund the police.  In other areas, those efforts have taken the form of some insisting that money be shifted from law enforcement to support social services.  Not to be outdone, …

Okay, readers, I am sorry there was no “On My Mind” column in last week's Enterprise. I was very embarrassed over the situation and it was all my fault. I could not help but to think last week as I walked through Walmart that if any one would even recognize me due to my “red” face. 

Last week, I wrote about the several laws that were changed during the 2020 regular and the on-going Special Session.  My focus was on how the laws were changed this year to skirt around the laws that have been put in place by both political parties over the years to ensure that voting is en…

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A recent Economic Impact study undertaken by Dr. Vincent Magnini, a researcher at Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business in Blacksburg, examined the impact Southside Virginia Community College makes across its ten-county service area and throughout the Commonwealth. The findings identif…

I would like to boast this week about Hampden-Sydney College, a school that I attended for two years (1952-54) before dropping out to help my Father, who operated a printing plant as well as a weekly newspaper – The South Hill Enterprise. At that time I was the only pressman available and so…

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The 2021 General Assembly Special Session continues to move slowly, only meeting on Thursday and Friday last week, with no guidance on when it will be over.  

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  Free and fair voting is the basic premise of any democracy.  Remember the stories that came out of Iraq after the fall of the Shah?  People gleefully showed their purple fingers.  This was their proof that they had taken part in the electoral process.  The purple ink was the government’s w…

 On Saturday, July 4, 2020, the descendants of Sonny and Caroline Peebles Jones unveiled a marker at the cemetery of their family on Freeman’s Cross Road (634) which is located ••• mile south of Governor Harrison Parkway (Highway 58) in Freeman (Brunswick County). The first member of the fam…

The House of Delegates adjourned last Friday and is subject to the call of the Speaker with 48 hours' notice.  As of this writing, that means the earliest we could be "recalled" would be Wednesday, no doubt to another virtual session.  We still have no idea why the Special Session is moving …

For three quarters of the last century, Virginia was effectively a one-party state.  That political party could enact anything they wanted.  Because they controlled the redistricting process, they could draw district lines to prevent the minority party from gaining much traction at all.  Lik…

Well, are you ready for Part 2 of the Whittle's Mill predicament? However, before I get into my comments, I forgot to give you the address to write and voice your comments, if you so wish:

When the 2020 Special Session convened on Tuesday, August 18th, Democrats presented HR 514, a rules change that would have, if Republicans had consented to its immediate consideration, allowed for virtual meetings of the House and votes to be taken at virtual committee meetings. 

 Last Tuesday we returned to Richmond to make adjustments to the state budget caused by COVID-19.  Certainly not because the Governor wanted us to interfere with his sole power, but rather because the state constitution requires it.  The Constitution states that if the expected tax revenue i…

There is a little stir going on about, of all things, the Whittle's Mill Dam on the Meherrin River along the northwest boundary between Mecklenburg and Lunenburg counties – although, if my memory serves me right, The Town of South Hill purchased that part of Lunenburg County to include all o…

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It was nice to read in last week's Enterprise about South Hill Mayor Dean Marion and South Hill Town Council giving former Fire Chief Rosser Wells the respect he deserves for 47 years as a member of the South Hill Volunteer Fire Department, including the last 27 as Fire Chief. Can you imagin…

The 2020 General Assembly Special Session is set to begin Tuesday, August 18th in Richmond.  The annual Special Session’s purpose has always been for legislators to return to Richmond to finalize the details of the bi-annual budget; however, this year is very different.  We have yet to learn…

The last two months we have seen many demonstrations regarding equality for all.  It is right and fair to have orderly conversations and demonstrations about where we are in our treatment of others.  However, no one is guaranteed anything in life.  We should focus on giving everyone the oppo…

Like most of you, I suspect, I am tired of this COVID-19 Pandemic controlling my lifestyle. And I get tired of continually looking at the four walls of whatever room I am in. Oh, sometimes I go out on the patio and sometimes I even try to do a little yard-work, however, these 90-plus degree …

Last week I told you how the parole board was under investigation by the Office of the State Inspector General.  The investigation was set in motion due to the release of Vincent Martin, who was convicted in 1979 of killing Richmond Police Officer Michael Connors.  

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Part two of last week's column on the infrastructure of South Hill. Two things that I overlooked last week that are worth mentioning this time around. One is the Loft Apartments and Dogwood Restaurant at 313 East Franklin Street; the other one is The Groom School Apartments on West Plank Road.

Last Wednesday, House Democrats had their second hearing on criminal justice reform.  The testimony by speakers invited by House Democrats should concern any Virginian who values public safety.

We have been inundated with data about the Coronavirus since March.  The news media has covered the issue relentlessly for over five months, giving most of us an unending fear that we all are going to get COVID-19 and will probably die.  Most are living in unbridled fear for themselves and t…

When this question is posed, the standard answer is rooted in geography — America is bordered on the east by the Atlantic Ocean, the west by the Pacific Ocean, on the north by Canada, and the south by Mexico.

As you may have already heard, last Thursday, under cover of darkness, Speaker Filler-Corn had a number of Confederate busts along with the Robert E. Lee statue removed from the Old House Chamber. 

   All of us have been challenged by the events in the news this year.  It was heartbreaking enough when our lives were flipped on end by the Covid-19 and the response to that.  That was followed by rioting and destruction of public and private property.  For most of us, these events on top …

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What, oh what do I write about this week? I'm tired of writing about the COVID-19 Virus. I'm also tired of writing about my health. Let me make it short by saying my health officials have gotten my blood-sugar under control. Seven of my last nine readings have been 114 or below. Yippee!!!

I appreciate all the calls and emails I have received over the past couple of months from my constituents regarding the current school reopening situation.  Most that I have talked to are in favor of opening on a regular five day a week in-person schedule. I am glad that it appears all the s…

 Let me begin with this statement:  We all should be cautious during this period of the Covid-19.  We should all wear masks when we are in locations in which we might interact with those who might have the virus.  However, some consistency and logic should be incorporated in, not only when w…

Senator Frank Ruff (R-Mecklenburg Co.) made the following statement:  “In view of legislation passed in the Virginia General Assembly Session this year, localities may, by ordinance, ban otherwise lawfully possessed and transported firearms from certain public spaces.  As some localities are…

Speaker of the House Filler-Corn has decided to convene a joint meeting of the Public Safety and Court of Justice committees to consider ‘reforms’ regarding law enforcement and our police departments.

My, my, what a week. To say the least, it did not go as planned. If you remember, last Wednesday was our 58th Anniversary. Instead of my “great” plans for the day, I was sick as H... and lost 9 pounds for the week. Eight of those pounds came over a four-day period that left me completely wip…

  Business is not the only thing that has changed this year because of the Covid-19 issues.  In mid-March, Governor Northam made the decision to close our schools for the rest of the academic year.  He was the first or second governor to close schools three months in advance.  Other states m…

In recent months, our nation has struggled with its responses to two diseases, COVID-19 and racism. One stems from a viral threat, and the other is a symptom of systemic and institutional dysfunction. As news reports have amply documented, both can be deadly.

During Operation Desert Storm, American war planes would wander over battlefields with impunity, striking whatever they wanted. There were so many opportunities to strike that it could be overwhelming. This situation was called a 'target rich environment.' Such is the situation we now face w…

At least there was some good news last week. Democrat Adam Schiff, who along with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tried to impeach our President, was speaking at George Washington University when he said that if Donald Trump “wins the Presidency for another four years, he will leave America for C…

The best question that everyone serving in public office should ask themselves is this:  Who can more wisely spend the money that one earns, you and your family or the government?  The Democrats in Washington and Richmond have no doubts when they consider this.  They believe that government …

On July 1, legislation passed during the 2020 General Assembly session will become law, with some exceptions. This session was the first with Democrats newly in charge and they used their new legislative majority to pass sweeping changes in Virginia, often on party-line votes. Below is a sna…

  In a normal year, we should be celebrating July 4th together.  This is not a normal year.  The lead up to this year’s has been saturated with violence and looting.  It did not start that way; it began with demonstrations and protests based on legitimate grievances.  It quickly evolved into…

First, I want (need) to clear up the absence of a column last week. I wrote the column and, as usual, I proofed my typing Sunday morning, after attending (outdoor) church services at All Saints' Episcopal Church. I was so pleased that I even left my “man cave” and told my that I had sent it …

Governor Northam recently announced his plan to reopen Virginia’s schools.  It followed the same pattern as his previous announcements -- vague and with little actionable information.

 History is ugly!  If one looks closely at each and every age and time, you will find things that are abhorrent to today’s society and understanding of what should be.  Yet, if we fail to look back at those previous times and events, we are unlikely to learn from them or appreciate the lives…

As protests over the killing of George Floyd have progressed, a demand to 'defund the police' has become more and more prevalent.  Some Democratic politicians, such as the mayor of Minneapolis, have agreed and begun to disband their police departments.

 The term “thin blue line” is used to refer to those law enforcement officers who are assigned the task of keeping society from descending into chaos.  During the last couple of weeks, their role has been challenged.  Because several officers in Minneapolis did not live up to their responsib…

Hello Senator Ruff: I pray this email finds you well. I am writing to respond to an opinion piece that was printed in The South Hill Enterprise, dated June 8, 2020.