Guest Columns

George A. Bowers Sr.: Americans must seek God

George Bowers Sr.

July 2, 2015

On May 30, 1765, the Virginia House of Burgesses adopted Patrick Henry’s four resolutions protesting the insidious Stamp Act of England. This was the initial spark that lit up the colonial landscape and eventually ignited the American Revolution eleven years later. Most Americans look back on those days with respect and admiration, grateful for what our forefathers did to confront injustice and oppression. Most of us deeply appreciate the great personal sacrifices they made to secure the abundant liberties that we enjoy in the United States this Independence Day.

George Bowers Sr.: Pray for persecuted Christians

George Bowers Sr.

June 26, 2015

Imagine dropping your daughter off to her middle school one Tuesday on your way to work as you normally do. While you’re busily involved in your morning routine and drinking your second cup of coffee, you get an emergency call from the police stating that your daughter has been kidnapped along with 270 others during a terrorist raid at her school. Some students were killed as were several faculty members. You have no idea if you will ever see your daughter again.

Tom Crosby: Toyota’s Scion tC gives young drivers a fun ride


June 24, 2015

Toyota launched the Scion brand in 2002 to lure young, first-time car buyers and convince them after Scion ownership Toyota-made vehicles would always be a good choice. Scion shoppers can opt for the boxy SUV like xB, the small iQ, the sleek iM, the iA mid-size sedan, the FR-S sports car or the tC, the compact sedan that was our test drive. Scion prices range from nearly $26,000 for the FR-S to under $17,000 for the IQ, making the Scion financially viable for 20-somethings (iM and iA pricing are to be announced the third quarter of this year when the vehicles reach dealerships).

George A Bowers Sr.: Fathers are vitally important

George Bowers Sr.

June 19, 2015

Tomorrow is Father’s Day and a special time to remember and honor those men who have filled and are filling this vitally important role. While many claim that fathers are unnecessary except for reproduction, God’s word and modern research both indicate far differently.

Laura de Medici-Bentley: Ready for the ‘two’s’ and everything it brings

Laura de Medici-Bentley

June 16, 2015

It’s hard to believe that this is my last week writing as the mother of a 1 year old. On Thursday, Livia turns 2. I’ve gotten a few warnings about the ‘’terrible twos,” but I think this age is anything but that. This is the age where Livia’s individuality is really showing, and I’m very excited about that.

Cody Fitchett: Mother sauces, cutting up a chicken

Cody Fitchett

June 16, 2015

Hello to all of the Shenandoah Valley, it’s week 18 here at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. It just feels like yesterday that I moved into Hudson Hall and I started working on my dream here at the CIA.

Tom Crosby: Kia aggressively markets new Sorento


June 10, 2015

Early this year when other car manufacturers were flooding the airwaves with 2015 models, Kia was touting its all-new 2016 Sorento, hoping to stem an annual decline in sales that began plummeting in 2012. Sales began in January and by April sales were more than 15 percent better than last year.

Laura de Medici-Bentley: Stand your ground during dinnertime

Laura de Medici-Bentley

June 9, 2015

In my family, dinnertime always meant sitting at the table together every night. Conversations at the dinner table were never dull. Sometimes we talked about how our day went, sometimes we planned vacations. Everyone participated, and nobody got up until everyone else was finished. I consider myself very lucky to have had both parents home for dinner every night.

George A. Bowers Sr.: Don’t lock up God’s seed

George Bowers Sr.

June 5, 2015

It is exhilarating to see the Shenandoah Valley growing green and tall this spring. Gardens are filling out, cornfields are stretching higher, and the wheat crop is nearly ready. Though things could turn dry later in the summer, for now, it looks like another banner crop-growing year. Those who planted tiny seeds in faith weeks ago now look like geniuses while those who fearfully hesitated now seem like idiots.

Laura de Medici-Bentley: A positively beautiful head of hair

Laura de Medici-Bentley

June 2, 2015

In the documentary “Good Hair,” comedian Chris Rock takes a look at how far some African American women go for “good hair.” Some of the women admitted to using relaxers to straighten their hair from the time they were as young as 4 years old. Other women admitted to spending thousands of dollars a year on hair extensions. The question behind the documentary is “What is wrong with the hair you have?”