From The Editor

A river of asphalt

I’m stuck in traffic again, the guy says. “Don’t worry, I can deal with it for a while, not seeing the kids ‘til supper until the road is widened,” you’re thinking while listening to the Beatle’s “Here Comes the Sun,” on my CD player.


Rick Gray

Not this year

This week, my local NPR station – WMRA – has been conducting its spring membership drive. And this time around, I’m ignoring it.


Charlie Todd

Winning the election by a hair

In this space last May, we mentioned 26 potential candidates for the Republican nominee, one of whom will in all likelihood face Barack Obama in the Presidential election this fall. Of those named, all 26 are still alive and perhaps interested in the nomination, which may not be determined before the party’s Tampa convention in August.


Rep. Randy Forbes

Back to school

I almost always had first-day jitters. I remember my mom walking me to the door, handing me my lunch bag and kneeling down to kiss me on my forehead as I stepped out of the house and towards a new school year.


Michelle Collins-Robinson

Is it real or is it Memorex?

In 1972, Memorex launched a campaign “Is it live or is it Memorex?” this campaign eventually became “Is it real or is it Memorex?”


Lt. Pete Hypes

Where is your house?

When time is critical, will public safety personnel be able to find your home? Basic life support on scene in six minutes or less of the event’s occurrence and advanced life support on scene in ten minutes or less of the event’s occurrence yields the greatest opportunity for survival of a cardiac or respiratory emergency.


Rise and Shine in the Dogpound

Max this and that

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. First off we are happy to report that Max has come to terms with his new ramp, and though he still needs my gentle guidance, his backside has not fallen off for several days now. My back says “Thank You!”


Dr. Todd Reynolds

The mumps

An outbreak of mumps on the Ohio State University campus has brought the mumps back into the news again. Forty cases of the disease have been confirmed in students and some individuals associated with the university.


Gardening With Gita

This one has the gumption

Tucked in the corner of a small court yard style garden on one side of our home is a Japanese camellia which has had a tough, bumpy ride: Before it finally found home in the partially shaded spot last spring, it was left in a container way too small for the size of the plant, partially due to procrastination on my part.


Leigh Burke

Old people are stubborn

I follow a lot of social media sites and read conversations about what people saw in their day-to-day lives, what’s for sale, and those looking for employment. The employment comments on these sites seem to be the most comical.


Gena Lashley

Ten great years

Ten years, it seems like a long time, but in reality you better not blink. Ten years ago on the first day of spring, I married the most wonderful man on earth. My love, my best friend – he is my everything; I honestly don’t know who else would have put up with me for ten years.


Anthony Barnes

Menopause and weight gain in the midsection

Question of the Month: I expected to gain weight during menopause but I didn’t think that most of it would be in my midsection. This is not where I usually put on weight. Is there a reason for this?


John Hall

The accidental journalist decides to take a break

My high school English teachers would certainly be amazed by my positive (I think?) contributions to this newspaper over the last three years. It has been a great deal of fun, and I must admit I have at times enjoyed those 15 seconds of fame.


Dr. Robert Owens

Can you see the vision?

A very impressive teacher once told me, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” This has stuck with me for more than 30 years. From that day forward, I’ve made planning an important part of everything I do. I take it so seriously I plan to be spontaneous.


Letters To The Editor

On Bended Knees

It would be difficult for anyone to not see the chaos that embodies our lives daily. Whether it is in our personal lives or in the lives of those who we are associated with daily, we cannot avoid the obvious problems that reflect a cancer in our local, state, and national stages.

Win-win solution for public, developers

Spring has arrived, and our developers are busy knocking down trees and scraping the land on every available piece of property. In the near future new houses, subdivisions and many, many, many apartments will be completed.

Coyner’s logic is flawed

It has been said that those in public office should avoid even the appearance of conflict of interest. I propose the following as how the actions of Chesterfield County School Board Member Carrie Emerson Coyner appear to those who do not know her.

Coyner cannot represent both parties fairly

With regard to Chesterfield School Board Member Carrie Coyner, I offer the following observations and comments in response to her public rationalizations.