Guest Columns

Sandy Schwalb: ‘Merry’ May can be quite a month


May 1, 2016

I have a love-hate relationship with the month of May. It can be beautiful, the winter is a distant memory (we hope), the days are getting longer and my sport of choice – baseball – is in full swing! But, alas, it has not always been perfect for me.

George Bowers Sr.: Let’s try Zachary Taylor’s solution

George Bowers Sr.

April 29, 2016

Most Americans don’t know much about our nation’s 12th president, Zachary Taylor, but a few things happened early in his presidency that are very noteworthy. For starters, even though he had earned the nickname of “Old Rough and Ready” by his leadership in the War of 1812, he refused to be sworn into office on a Sunday out of respect for the Lord’s day. Instead, he was inaugurated at noon on Monday, March 5. The term of outgoing President James Polk ended the day before and so the nation was officially without a chief executive for 24 hours.

Bonner Day: Kindness and common sense in the valley

Bonner Day

April 29, 2016

A local kindness was brought to my attention the other day. I’m sure many readers can cite similar stories, but I want to share this one for those who might be unfamiliar with the valley’s big heart.

James Pinsky: New program can help landowners mitigate runoff

Jay Pinsky

April 28, 2016

Runoff occurs when rainfall can’t soak into the ground due to things like roads, parking lots, sidewalks, homes and other man-made structures that replace natural landscapes. This water collects and eventually finds its way into local waterways, including the Chesapeake Bay.

Tom Crosby: Hyndai Veloster adds new trim, minor changes

April 27, 2016

The Hyundai Veloster is one of the best-looking compact hatchback coupes on the market, with a stealth third door, rising belt-line, flared wheel haunches and newly sculpted front end to include a menacing looking black grille.

Bonner Day: A valley romance blooms

Bonner Day

April 22, 2016

Getting a cat is not unlike getting a wife or husband. The first step is to go where you can be sure of finding what you want. For cats the valley has a variety of rescue shelters. As a widower, I found my wife at a vineyard, of which the valley also has a variety – vineyards, that is.

George Bowers Sr.: Can we trust the Bible?

George Bowers Sr.

April 22, 2016

I recently had the privilege of attending a seminar in which I got to touch a nearly 600 year old scroll consisting of the first five books of the Bible. This particular text was made of several calf skins sewn together to form a 72 foot long manuscript. It was a fascinating experience to see a document which had been the spiritual centerpiece of a Jewish community in Poland for many, many years.

Jason Wright: Message to cops hanging out in 7-Eleven

Jason Wright

April 15, 2016

I should have said something. Three of you stood in a quiet corner, munching on something and sharing a story. Even though I was running late and on a swift stride, I wish I’d noticed your jurisdiction.

George A. Bowers Sr.: The moral of the morel

George Bowers Sr.

April 15, 2016

Although it may have taken a little longer than some of us had hoped, it seems that spring has finally sprung. The trees are blooming, the turkeys are gobbling and the grass is growing. For all of its beauty, color, and newness, I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who didn’t like springtime.

Richard Hoover: Antique miniatures tell a tale

Richard Hoover

April 11, 2016

One unbrotherly aspect of collecting antiques is the enormous pleasure taken when what-little-one-knows kicks in to enable the recognition and purchase of something rare and meaningful, something which has passed beneath the radar of most everyone else!

George A. Bowers Sr.: There’s something fishy about this

George Bowers Sr.

April 8, 2016

Nearly a month ago, in the March 14 edition of this newspaper, an article highlighted sexual oddities that are plaguing smallmouth bass in tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay. Being an avid outdoorsman and an occasional fisherman, I found the article interesting and informing if not a bit disturbing.