Guest Columns

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.

George A. Bowers: Children who will never be president

George Bowers Sr.

January 20, 2017

Yesterday half our nation rejoiced when a new president was sworn into office while the other half mourned. Although many are disgusted with the new leader, this is not the first time nor is it likely the last. We do pray for healing and unity in our land and that our leaders and media both will work together toward that end.

George A. Bowers Sr.: What shoveling, forgiving have in common

George Bowers Sr.

January 13, 2017

We’ve had our first snowfall of the New Year here in the Valley, and if all the rest are like the first one, we should be in good shape. Aside from a few minor fender benders and school cancellations, we escaped relatively unscathed. I’m also thankful that I didn’t have to break out the snow shovels as I was able to move the dusting with my broom.

Tom Crosby: 2017 Kia Sorento SXL has luxury in abundance

Tom Crosby

January 12, 2017

Kia’s Sorento, a big mid-size crossover SUV that received a major makeover last year, has added technological advances and safety features this year to help boost sales in a red-hot SUV sales market fueled by yearlong low gas prices.

George Bowers Sr.: The importance of turning right

George Bowers Sr.

January 6, 2017

Every morning when I leave my home to head to work, I have to turn right out of my driveway onto Sherman Road. It may not seem like a very big deal and by now it has become a habit, but the necessity of doing so each day is still important. Even if I turn right most days of the week, but decide not to on Fridays, my trip and my travel time will be impacted.

Richard Hoover: Why did officer wear a turban in his portrait?

Thomas Reynell

January 2, 2017

Let’s try and bring him to life– this turbaned fellow bought from a Brit on eBay in 2004. The description was almost poetic: “a bust portrait (18″ in diameter) of a man wearing a turban. He has a young face with a soft expression and the colors are warm and rich. The white turban is highlighted while the background is dark. A very beautiful portrait.”