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     For those who don’t remember him or never heard of him, Stossel made it big a generation or two ago when he was the co-host of ABC’s show 20/20.  He became most famous for his piece at the end of each weekly show.  It was called “Give Me A Break”.  Each week, he would focus on one issue…

Welcome to December to all my readers. I hope you are doing well. As for me, I had a terrible July but gradually got better and for the last three months I have felt better than I have for the past three years. Now do not mistake what I have written. I am far from being well. But my thanks t…

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I am writing in response to the article titled: “SSHD Encourages Individuals to Quarantine After an Event at Dogwood Auditorium” published to your newspaper on November 11, 2020. Although the quarantine is warranted, it has repercussions in regards to a person’s state of mind. Being locked i…

In 2015, National Day Calendar established November as National Gratitude Month in the United States and Canada. The designation had been advocated by Stacey Grewal, author of Gratitude and Goals, who said “Gratitude is an essential ingredient of a happy, fulfilling life.”

On the topic of the 2020 election, South Dakota Governor Noem said in an interview with ABC News, “that it’s simply time to let the process work through.  Elections need to be fair, honest, and transparent, and we need to be sure that we had an honest election before we decide who’s going to…

In my long career in the newspaper business with the Enterprise, I never witnessed what we had in this year's Presidential election. In those days when I was editor for 35 years, we committed to delaying our final press run until the wee hours of Wednesday morning in order to give our reader…

     Once upon a time (not that long ago) one received things from earning them.  You merited a raise; you merited a promotion.  That system was referred to as “meritocracy”.  The better you performed those things expected of you, the higher and faster you rose into positions of leadership. …

Thankfully, it is human nature to have faith in a brighter future.  If not, 2020 would drive us crazy.  Most of the year, COVID-19 has dominated the news. The deaths associated with it has truly depressed us all.  Hearing story after story of rising cases and deaths cannot be ignored nor sho…

 In slang, this phrase is used to convey the speaker's frustration or annoyance with someone else.  The term has been used repeatedly by former Vice President Joe Biden.  He uses it with the rare reporter or voter that is able to catch him away from his handlers.  Biden frequently uses the t…

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Well, if I can get my face from a deep red from embarrassment to back to my normal look, it will be helpful. I will have to admit my two big goofs. The first one was in my first article when I thanked my friend Hal Sharpe of Valentines for the many ledgers on the forming of a limited partner…

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This session has been remarkable for many things, including its length, procedural irregularities, and the bad legislation that has been produced. Below is a list of the 'worst of the worst' legislation introduced by the New Democrat Majority this session.

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The session finally ended last Friday.  The General Assembly, by constitution, meets for 60 days in even years and 45 days in odd years.  This year, the Governor called a special session to begin on August 18th.  Putting that into perspective, it lasted 60 days.  Two weeks longer than the no…

Every October, the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students celebrates National Transfer Student Week. This year Southside Virginia Community College will participate with a Virtual Transfer Fair, which will run October 19–23, 2020.

That now famous quote from former President Obama’s chief-of-staff and, later, mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel has proven to be the guiding light of the Democratic Party at both the federal and state level.  We see it everywhere.  Last week, Michigan’s governor accused the criminals involved i…

I hope you enjoyed my column about the two Boswell men who formed a limited partnership in 1908. One thing I learned was that whoever was the bookkeeper believed in listing every minor expense. I wrote a little about that last week.

Our prayers go out to our President, Governor, their wives, and to all who have been infected with COVID-19.  We wish them fast recoveries.  Likewise, keep the families of those who have lost loved ones this sad year.  This strange virus affects people in different ways.  Every individual’s …

 As stated so eloquently by the caretakers of the Virginia War Memorial, “through the stories of those who served, the nation’s leading state War Memorial honors Virginia’s fallen and preserves the past. In the process of helping veterans find their voice and collecting and telling their sto…

Compassion is a good thing when you are using your resources in assisting others in a time of their need.  It is far different when you, as a legislator, are shifting the cost of that compassion to others, such as taxpayers, and claiming that you a good and righteous person.

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.