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Guest Columns

George Bowers Sr. Some books can kill you

Last week, librarians in Denmark learned that three of their books from the 1500s and 1600s could easily kill them. While using x-rays to examine the composition of the inks used, they discovered instead that the covers of these books had very high levels of arsenic. Best known, perhaps, for ...

Commentary: Why are Dems so stubbornly heading left?

Even after its 2016 election defeat, the Democratic Party persisted in moving to the left. It did so, I guessed, out of some preternatural instinct which had blocked the adoption of more prudent strategies. A run at the political center, for example, might have regained lost electoral ...

Craig Murto: Racing fortunes constantly change

Racing fortunes constantly change. One moment you’re leading a race, the next moment you’re in the wall. Ask Justin Haley. One moment he thought he’d won the Xfinity race at Daytona in spectacular fashion in only his second start. The next moment he realizes he’s been put in 18th, the ...

George Bowers Sr. Thank God for do-overs

One hundred and fifty-five years ago, on July 3, 1863, Confederate Maj. Gen. George Pickett led an ill-fated assault on Union lines at Gettysburg. Acting on orders from Gen. Robert E. Lee, Pickett and his men charged over open fields attempting to take the high ground from their enemies. ...

Tom Crosby: Infiniti’s 2018 QX60 SUV increasing in sales

The Infiniti QX60 increased sales sharply in the first two months of 2018, with its comfortable, well handling, seven passenger all-wheel drive cross-over SUV. The 42 percent jump in sales can be partially attributed to its competitive pricing, sumptuous cabin and numerous features that come ...

George Bowers Sr. God abundantly provides for us

In the mid-1990s, I was fortunate enough to have Sonny Tamkin build me a home. He gave it a sturdy cinder block and brick foundation and constructed the living space of 2 x 4s, plywood, and drywall on top of 2 x 10 floor joists and topped it off with custom spruce trusses, sheeting, and ...

Tom Crosby: 2018 BMW X3 SUV is all new after slow sales year

Despite the popularity of sport utility vehicles last year, the sporty BMW X3 saw sales drop nearly 10 percent as buyers waited for the all-new 2018 makeover, which has skyrocketed sales 20 percent through the end of April. Tardy buyers pausing to purchase the third-generation BMW X3 will find ...

George A Bowers: God uses our kiln times

Most of us don’t think much about where or how our bricks are made, we just enjoy them on our homes, schools, and businesses. For many years, however, bricks were often manufactured close to where they were actually used and Shenandoah County had several such operations. According to county ...

George Bowers Sr. God assigns our seats

June is wedding month and nuptial vows are being pledged and recited all over the Valley these days. Thankfully, the weather promises to be a little better this weekend than last and those who have planned outdoor celebrations will hopefully be able to see their dreams come to fruition. Modern ...

Tom Crosby: Dodge Durango SRT 392 disguised as SUV

The high-powered new 2018 Dodge Durango SRT 392 is a muscle car masquerading as a Sport Utility Vehicle. With three rows seating seven, a sleek but modest side profile, ample cargo space with or without seats folded, an optional rear entertainment package, it mirrors other non-boxy ...

Tom Crosby: 2018 Toyota Corolla continues top legacy

Toyota’s Camry was the best-selling sedan in the United States last year, edging out perennial rival Honda Accord, but the best selling Toyota is the Corolla with more than 43 million sales worldwide in 150 countries. The 2018 Corolla is smaller than the Camry but both are classified ...

George Bowers Sr. Lessons from our battlefields

In just a few days, we will observe the 74th anniversary of D-Day, the incredibly heroic and courageous invasion of the beaches of Normandy by U.S. and other Allied troops that turned the tide of World War II and eventually resulted in the defeat of Adolf Hitler. We are fortunate enough to ...

George Bowers Sr. The pungently powerful arbutus

When my siblings and I were going through mom’s things after her passing, we came across an old booklet she had kept but which we hadn’t seen in many years. The best way to describe it would be as a hybrid between a diary, a journal, and a scrapbook. On its pages, she had recorded various ...

George Bowers Sr. Exploring our spiritual ancestry

Researching one’s genealogy has become a very popular hobby. It’s fascinating to look back and discover not only who our ancestors were, but how they lived, the challenges they faced, and where and why they moved. With the help of various websites and tests, you can even trace your DNA back ...

Tom Crosby: 2018 BMW M55oi xDrive is bucket list item

BMW is a name with automotive cachet but the price targets an upscale customer base, and that’s a shame because driving the 2018 M550i xDrive – or owning one - should be on everyone’s bucket list. Introduced new for 2018, it is the fastest vehicle in BMW’s 5 series. Outfitted with ...

Richard W. Hoover: 1779 shark print was much in demand

I've already enthused over these spectacular copper plate engravings – oversized pictures created when engraved, image-bearing plates of copper were inked and pressed with tremendous force upon sheets of paper. By the end of the 18th century, these large prints had become the political, ...

George Bowers Sr. Avoiding evil’s appearance

Mother’s Day always brings happy memories for the wonderful blessing of my mom. Although I think of her often, this annual holiday is a special reminder of one of the best gifts God ever gave me. As I’ve shared before, our mother, like many others, was a woman of incredible faith. She ...

Gerald Almy: How to avoid dangerous bear encounters

Picture yourself hiking along a trail toward a distant gobbler or sneaking along a trout stream and suddenly coming face-to-face with a large black bear. He rears up on his hind legs, opens his huge mouth showing a sharp set of teeth, and lets out a loud roar. That’s a scary scene that many ...

George Bowers: The miracle of the Israeli nation

May 14 marks a special day in world history. On that date 70 years ago, a true miracle occurred when Israel was reborn. We should recognize this occasion and celebrate this anniversary with them. In AD 70, the Roman army obliterated Jerusalem following Jewish revolts and uprisings. Determined ...

George Bowers Sr. Little things add up

I love this time of year! The spring flowers are in full bloom, the grass is emerald green, and the birds are bedecked in their finest feathers. Even the trees are blooming to attract pollinators necessary to produce seeds, fruits, and nuts and the recent rains have accelerated the ...