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Take a look at your surroundings. Are you inside your home, office, or classroom? Are you at a coffee shop? Perhaps you are in a waiting room or sitting outside on a porch or near a garden. 

Glenn Youngkin has made ending the tax on groceries a major pillar of his campaign, and for good reason. Not only is it good policy I will support as your Delegate, but the measure is extremely popular across Virginia. 

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For those who aren’t convinced that national journalism has problems understanding the difference between fact and fiction, I thought I would share with you an editorial piece that appeared last week.  The writer is either totally mired in the woke culture, uneducated in economics, totally c…

Last week the U.S. Supreme Court issued an order allowing a controversial Texas abortion law to go into effect. The law is a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the two cases that now control abortion law in the country. Virginia Democrats are ecstatic, as this d…

The first results from Standards of Learning tests in two years have been released, and they are disappointing. Said simply, the bottom fell out of passing rates in virtually all subject areas, with the worst impacts on those student groups who need the most help. The Northam administration …

     I have no animosity towards President Biden; I wish him well.  We disagree on most public policy issues, but I have no reason to believe he is not a gentleman.  I can easily envision him standing at a doorway encouraging another person to go first.  The subordinate, understanding protoc…

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President Biden gave yet another disastrous press conference on Friday, showing yet again how far out of touch with reality he is regarding the situation on the ground in Kabul. While foreign policy seldom intersects with politics in Richmond, this fiasco is a rare exception.Virginia is home…

This week I am going to reflect on the life of a fellow newspaper publisher, although I never met the man, partly because at the time of his death in 1944 I was only 9 years old. But I have heard of him for almost my entire adult life. Of course I am referring to William Allen White, an Amer…

Leigh Nanney Hersey, PhD, and on the teaching staff at the University of  Louisiana in Monroe was honored last week when she was named the recipient of the ULM Foundation Outstanding Excellence in Service Award.

House and Senate conferees came to an agreement on HB 7001 late Friday, working through the House and Senate versions of the legislation. The report provides $3,000 bonuses for state supported sworn LEOs who were left out of the original bill, makes minor changes to the Virginia Overtime Act…

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 Our representative form of government has served our nation well.  Legislators are among those they represent and understand their issues.  Those are the issues that legislators should bring to the Capitol for discussion and debate.  In the budgeting process, the Governor is responsible to …

 Before I begin, I want all to know that I have been vaccinated.  I believe everyone over the age of 50 should, as well as those who have underlying health issues that make them more susceptible to any virus.

Buffalo Springs, near Clarksville, in Mecklenburg County, is one of the old historic spots in Virginia. I came upon a report in a 1931 South Hill Enterprise in which Colonel William Byrd, an ancestor of the famous Byrds, discovered Buffalo Springs water in 1728 while working as the King's Co…

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     People of every spectrum agree, voting is important.  Everyone believes that all who wish to vote and meet the requirements of their state should fairly cast their vote on election day.  It should be done in an orderly process to ensure that each vote is properly cast, tallied as quickl…

Employment data for Virginia present a complicated picture. In 2019 before COVID-19 shutdowns impacted the economy, Virginia reported an unemployment rate of only 2.7%. During 2020, the rate skyrocketed to 14.4% before sliding back down. Recent statistics peg it at 4.5%.

Last week's news was filled with violence and bloodshed all too close to home.

One of the best things in my life was knowing that my father got out of the dairy business before I was old enough to understand the demands of daily production.  When I was young, it was only done by hand.  Twice a day cows had to be milked.  That included weekends and holidays.  He switche…

Okay, what took place in South Hill 31 years ago. To be more specific, it took place on June 10, 1990. Come on, try a little harder. Most of you are younger than me so your memory is better. And, most of you are smarter than me, so maybe that will help. No luck yet? ​​Okay, I will have to ad…

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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 ago.  He knew he had been wronged but he said the right thing.  His words were prophetic; sadly not enough live by that creed.  While we may differ in ou…

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I am a little late in writing this because I had planned to write it before Father's Day not the week after. It dealt with an article I read in Mid-Atlantic Horse. Rotary President Keith Ellis gave me the newspaper thinking I might find it interesting since I was so lucky in the three major …

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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 with the Virginia Parole Board”, they found no problems at all other than the possibility that the lead investigator may possibly have had a bias.

It was nice to read about the South Hill Volunteer Fire Department getting such a high rating from the Insurance Services Office in last week's South Hill Enterprise. Somehow the Fire Department has been receiving quite a bit of negative comments in recent town council reports. I am too old …

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Education has been in the news often recently.  Critical Race Theory and Equity are the driving issues that have been the focus.  Sadly, neither are about advancing education, but rather these are distractions from educating our young people to be all that they can be in life.

Governor Northam announced recently that Virginia had maintained its consistently solid ranking as a low-recidivism state. Those who are incarcerated in Virginia return to prison at a lower rate than almost any other state in the nation. Democrats say this is proof that their policies are wo…

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 one that has reached that goal and that was 2000 years ago.

This is embarrassing! I can't believe it. I have already been told that they had better not read about this in my column. But what can I say except that the Devil made me do it. What is all the fuss about, anyway. Well, for the third straight time my horse finished in the “money”. And, in ea…

It's really great to see the Red, White and Blue United States Flags flying again at the corner of U. S. Rt. 58 and Furr St. on the east side of town. The “Flags for Our Heroes” is a project of the South Hill Rotary Club, and is something that has brought a lot of comments and participation.…

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The lead story of the May 16th South Boston Gazette Virginia a murdered teen shot to death.  Same newspaper, next edition, lead story a man murdered by intentionally being run over with a vehicle.  Second lead story, conviction of another murderer.  Looking east and west we know the situatio…

We are going into our third year now in this dreadful COVID-19 pandemic. At first we had fun with this. I would write some of my columns based on the COVID-19 stories and some of the panic that was going on. But that soon got to be old. And, truthfully, they were getting so old, that my read…

It flew under the radar, but last week's Democratic gubernatorial debate laid down a significant marker for the party headed to November. Regardless of who is at the top of the ticket, the return of discretionary parole will be a top priority for Democrats.

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Okay readers, here we go again, only this time the finish was not tarred by controversy at the  end of the race. And this time my horse was not the winner. BUT, the horse my wife selected, Midnight Bourbon, turned out to finish second in The Preakness and again Barbara and I won $25.00. And …

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In previous weeks, I warned you that the policy of the administrations in Richmond and Washington would result in inflation.  To the surprise of many, it has come quickly and with vengeance.

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     As acid corrodes aluminum, once it starts it gets worse faster and faster.  We are watching this happen before our eyes.  The headline in the Danville Bee stated the current situation perfectly.  Southside’s sign of the times: Help wanted but very few takers.

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President Biden is coming to Yorktown this week to talk about his education plans. This is an excellent opportunity to remind him and Virginians that Democrats here have fought reopening schools tooth and nail and that even now, some of our most disadvantaged students remain trapped in virtu…

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The education of our young people is at risk!  Parents, grandparents, and would be parents need to be aware.  Attacks are coming from many directions; we need everyone involved to prevent current activities from diminishing the future of the next generation and our nation’s ability to compet…

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This week I'll have to disappoint all of my Virginia Tech and University of Virginia fans as I once again tout a little college in Southside Virginia that has a very high ranking in the Princeton Review 2021.

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Last week, I gave some insight into how a higher state mandated minimum wage would affect our lives and businesses.  A quick summary is that it will make some happy; at the same time it will drive up inflation which will gobble up any increases in wages.  You should ask then why are many cla…

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It looks like this week's column will be a short one as I was not feeling well last week. I am hopeful that I can see my doctor this week and get this all straightened out.