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Opinion

  • It’s time to celebrate America’s national birthday.
    It’s time to watch fireworks displays, sing patriotic songs, and ruminate about our country’s rich heritage.  
    As we do so, we should recognize that millions of our ancestors, by their creative thinking, hard work, devotion to the common good, and personal sacrifices have helped make our nation a beacon of democracy and opportunity in a world that has faced a sea of challenges since 1776.

  • By Sharon Sweatt
    Chesterfield County Coordinating Council
    Guest column

    Inhalant abuse is sniffing or inhaling common products found in homes to obtain a “high”. This can lead to death or permanent brain, heart, blood, kidney or liver damage. It may also cause seizures, which can be deadly. Victims can die suddenly, from the heart beating rapidly and unevenly which can cause a heart attack. It can also lead to loss of muscle control. In most cases this is only temporary, but still dangerous.

  • It has always been a source of great bewilderment to me the huge hypocritical gulf between how we as Southern men talk about women – and how we treat them.
    Our historic culture is that we put women on a pedestal, we dress them in hoop skirts, we praise the Scarlet O’Hara strong-women types, are chivalrous defenders of the virtues of Southern womanhood, always looking to help a fair damsel in distress – and on and on.

  • By PHIL NOBLE
    Guest column

    Did you ever wonder what a truly great school looks like?
    Politicians, business people, teachers, etc., all talk about how we need, want and deserve great schools.
    But no one ever really describes what a great school looks like.

  • By DR.WILLIAM HOLLAND
    Guest column

    Have you ever known someone who was even-tempered and composed even when circumstances seemed to be falling apart all around them?
    In times of a serious crisis, somehow these individuals remain calm and collected and in fact, it’s not unusual to see them comforting the very ones who came to help.
    So, what is the secret to living in a peaceful state of mind? It’s coming to the point in our journey where we simply begin to realize who God is.

  • By NATHANIEL SILLIN
    Guest column

    Season ticket holder or first-timer, watching your team take the field or visiting new teams in a different venue, gripping your seat tightly during the finger-biting last minutes of a close game or cheering on a decisive win, sports can certainly be some of the best entertainment possible.
    A little planning can help keep your costs under control, and you can apply the ideas below to almost any sporting event.

    Save money on the tickets

  • By PHIL NOBLE
    Guest column

    On Saturday morning, the newspaper landed with its usual thud on my front porch. As I bent over to pick it up, I saw the headline, “McMaster Backs Trump’s Exit from Climate Accord.”
    Instantly, I remember the words from a radio interview the day before with English businessman Richard Branson (Virgin Airlines and Records et. al) about Trump’s action.

  • By NATHANIEL SILLIN
    Guest column

    Whether it’s a matter of comfort, appearance or safety, there are many medical procedures that you may want or need, but your health insurance won’t cover.
    Laser eye surgery may fall into the want category for most people, and it can be a hefty investment with each eye costing several thousand dollars.

  • By Pam Mitchell
    Guest column

  • By DR. WILLIAM HOLLAND
    Guest column

  • By Sharon Sweatt
    Chesterfield County Coordinating Council
    Guest column

    As you begin that family vacation or plan that day trip, remember to travel safe.
    Buckle up correctly using lap and shoulder belts (under 12 in the backseat). Remember to enjoy the family time. Use sunscreen (especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.), and wear shades. Forget the tanning bed!

  • By PHIL NOBLE
    Guest column

    Editor’s note: This is an expanded version of a column that appeared the first week of May in The State newspaper.

    May 4 marked Gov. Henry McMaster’s 100th day in office. Since there was such a flurry of reporting about Pres. Trump’s first 100 days, it seems appropriate to look at what Gov. McMaster has achieved in his first 100 days.

  • By DR. WILLIAM HOLLAND
    Guest column

    Through the winter months, I had been thinking about how I was going to tackle the huge project of replacing our privacy fence in the spring.
    I have built this type of fence before and those of you that are familiar with this, will understand when I say it is very hard work, especially when you are doing it by yourself.

  • By NATHANIEL SILLIN
    Guest column

    Moving into a place of your own for the first time is a huge step. I remember my first post-college apartment move. It was nothing special, but it was mine.
    It came with a few new challenges and responsibilities, and all sorts of opportunities. For the first time, I was able to decide how to decorate an entire living area and turn a blank slate into a home.

  • I’m a Dew girl, myself.

    When I have to satisfy my thirst with a cold, fizzling carbonated soda – or “pop” as my friends up north call it – I grab a Mountain Dew.

    But when it comes to the cola wars, as in Coke versus Pepsi, it really never mattered to me – until recently. To be honest, I thought there wasn’t much of a difference.

  • By PAM MITCHELL

    Guest column

    About two years ago, a friend of mine got in touch with me. We had lost contact for a while because she moved from Charlotte to New York.

    We got to know each other about 18 years ago. When she moved, I tried calling her, but she never returned my calls.

    I called one particular day and the number was no longer working. I thought that’s not like her to change her number and not let me know.

  • I could write my own book on all I’ve learned over the years from self-help publications.

    Yeah, I’m a fan. Some people puke at the idea of digesting this genre, but I swallow up the concepts with a big spoon.

    And try to apply them to my life.

    Live the life you imagine.

    Start your day with positive affirmations.

    Put feet to your prayers.

    That thing you wanted to be as a child is what your true purpose is.

  • By PAM MITCHELL

    Guest column

    Well folks, this is part two of my column about my well- dressed friend. Last week I ended it by mentioning that not only did a wooden doll get missing, but now I was looking for a wooden duck. Here we go.

    When the owner of the wooden duck saw that it was gone off the shelf, she asked me if I had sold it. I replied, no. We looked all over the store for this darn wooden duck. Folks, we did not find it.

  • By PAMELA MITCHELL

    Guest column

    Well folks, I’ve been away for a few months. It seems as if my plate is always full.

    On Sept. 17, 2016, my family and I drove to Louisiana for my son, Daydron’s, wedding. He married a young lady named Bianca. She is in the Navy. He did seven years in the Navy as well. This happens to be not only something new for him, but also for me – meaning, having a daughter-in-law.

  • By ATHENA REDMOND

    Guest column

    Somehow, I managed to convince my husband that we needed a family photo. So, there we are, standing in front of a pair of cedars out in the field.

    My husband and our daughter are to my right, and we’re all smiling for the camera. To my left is my son, Chad, and he’s staring off to the left at something only he can see, doing that thing he does with his hands.

    It’s a good shot, and it captures our family perfectly.