Guest Columns

Jason Wright: A lovely problem to have

Jason Wright

March 17, 2017

Some of you have noticed over the last few months, my columns went from weekly to not-so-much. Loyal readers have stopped me in Walmart, Sheetz and at church on Sundays to ask about the drought. (Hi Marilyn!) I’ve been asked if my laptop blew up, my pens ran out of ink, or if my muse was deported.

James Pinsky: National Ag Day is March 21

James Pinsky

March 16, 2017

If the only thing that growls in your house is your pooch and not your stomach, you might want to thank a farmer. Actually, we need to thank a lot more than just farmers.

Richard Hoover: Those now forgotten potent symbols

Richard W. Hoover

March 14, 2017

Little that is antique intrigues more than potent symbols once revered but now forgotten. Take the liberty cap, that floppy, flame-red slave’s hat worn in Ancient Rome so that on the street one could distinguish the free from the enslaved. Some accounts describe the cap as the mark of the manumitted slave only — who really knows?

George Bowers Sr.: Loving children and their parents

George Bowers Sr.

March 3, 2017

We have had an unusually warm winter in the Shenandoah Valley this year for which we can be most grateful. Our monthly budgets are breathing a sigh of relief with an easing of heating bills as are the Virginia Department of Transportation’s snow removal allocations.

Jason F. Wright: Simple act of kindness creates friendship

Jason Wright

February 26, 2017

On July 28, 2016, Rosie Gagnon laced up her running shoes for her daily loop up and down the generous hills of Shenandoah County. The air was thick and soupy and the thermometer was begging for a break by mid-morning.

George Bowers Sr.: Breaching a dam is dangerous business

George Bowers Sr.

February 24, 2017

Over the last few weeks, residents who live downstream from California’s Lake Oroville have endured fretful times wondering if their homes and families will suddenly be washed away. Reversing a drought that had plagued the area for several years, recent heavy rains have filled the lake to unanticipated levels and now, instead of deficiency, residents worry about devastating flooding.

Tom Crosby: 2017 Toyota Tundra will maintain long-term value

Tom Crosby

February 22, 2017

The Toyota Tundra competes against two full-size pickup powerhouses – the Ford F-150 and the Chevrolet Silverado – but it bests these perennial sales heavyweights with the highest resale rating after five years of ownership, according to companies that evaluate resale values.

George Bowers Sr.: Working for peanuts, and more

George Bowers Sr.

February 3, 2017

Most of us have enjoyed eating peanuts at a ball game, zoo, or theme park. Even more of us have satisfied our hunger with a sandwich smeared with peanut butter and filled with grape jelly, bananas, tomatoes, or other tasty additions. Peanuts are one of God’s great gifts to humanity that continue to bless and nourish us in many ways.