Roanoke Times: Dan Casey

Dan Casey


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Tuesday 05/12/2015
How much will Roanoke's real estate and meals tax hikes cost you?
Posted: May 12, 2015 - 10:37 am

There's been plenty of outrage expressed over tax increases Roanoke City Council approved during its meeting Monday afternoon. To recap, council raised:

Thursday 02/19/2015
Public Citizen: Will McAuliffe lock-in windfall electric-utility profits?
Posted: February 19, 2015 - 2:43 pm

Note from Dan: Below is a press release from Public Citizen. The bill in question also applies to Appalachian Power Co. For more on this issue see my Feb. 12 column. To see how your senators and delegates voted on this bill, click here.

Monday 02/16/2015
Some wisdom about teaching from Virginia Rep. Dave Brat
Posted: February 16, 2015 - 8:00 am

Out of the mouths of babes often comes some sublime stuff. But other times what you hear is pure idiocy.

Saturday 02/14/2015
Overcharged on your electric bill? Here are the lawmakers who voted to deny you refunds -- and the ones who voted for YOUR interests
Posted: February 14, 2015 - 9:00 am

Last week, the Virginia Senate passed Senate Bill 1349, sponsored by Sen. Frank Wagner, R-Virginia Beach. And on Thursday afternoon, the House of Delegates followed suit.

Tuesday 12/23/2014
He had a lot of help from his friends -- RIP the amazing Joe Cocker
Posted: December 23, 2014 - 8:00 am
Sunday 12/21/2014
'The Season's Upon Us' by the Dropkick Murphys
Posted: December 21, 2014 - 2:20 pm

Here's a link to the Ramones classic.

Tuesday 12/09/2014
We're accepting nominations for the 2014 Dano Awards for glaring stupidity
Posted: December 09, 2014 - 1:26 pm

It's the time of year, folks, when we haul out the vinegar and sip from it slowly while contemplating glaring stupidity.

Wednesday 12/03/2014
R.I.P. Bobby Keys
Posted: December 03, 2014 - 9:25 am
Friday 11/21/2014
Picking fruit on the Friday drive-time tune
Posted: November 21, 2014 - 4:00 pm

Read more about this amazing musician here.

Guess the famous American who said this about immigrants
Posted: November 21, 2014 - 8:00 am


Wednesday 11/19/2014
Thrown out of the Terps-Michigan State game, part 2
Posted: November 19, 2014 - 4:45 pm

I had interesting conversations Tuesday night with two officials from the University of Maryland Police Department. One answered the central question — why? — regarding the ejections of me and one of my friends from our 10th-row seats at the Maryland-Michigan State game Saturday night in College Park. We were there for an annual fall reunion with of a bunch of old pals from our college days.

Tuesday 11/18/2014
Thrown out of the Terps-Michigan State game -- for no reason
Posted: November 18, 2014 - 8:00 am

Note from Dan: Below is the letter I sent Sunday night to the University of Maryland Police, after I and a friend were unjustly ejected from the Maryland-Michigan State game in College Park Saturday night. So far there has been no response -- not even an acknowledgement they have received it.

Monday 11/10/2014
Did the big GOP victory end the Ebola crisis?
Posted: November 10, 2014 - 8:00 am

One thing we've heard ad nauseum about since August is the Ebola crisis.  You could barely turn around without hearing about it — on TV and talk radio, in newspapers, and especially on outlandish "news" websites that cater to conspiracy freaks, such as Joseph Farah's  World Net Daily (or and Alex Jones's Infowars.

Friday 11/07/2014
No wonder they call them reactionaries!
Posted: November 07, 2014 - 5:00 pm

Every now and then, has an interesting article. And in the most recent edition of the twice-a-month weekly, I found an utterly fascinating one.

Wednesday 11/05/2014
Hi ho! -- Is impeachment of Barack Obama nigh?
Posted: November 05, 2014 - 1:00 pm

After Tuesday night's great GOP takeover of the U.S. Senate, one of my regular correspondents in the gun crowd sent me an email with one interesting point, and an interesting prediction.

Tuesday 11/04/2014
He vows a write-in on every ballot slot today
Posted: November 04, 2014 - 8:00 am


Monday 11/03/2014
Rep. Robert Hurt: Proposed pipeline not my problem
Posted: November 03, 2014 - 7:00 am

Three high-pressure natural gas pipelines that would cross large swaths of Virginia have been proposed in recent weeks. Two — the Mountain Valley and Western Marcellus pipelines — would pass through the Roanoke Valley on their way to Chatham. The Atlantic Coast pipeline would cross the commonwealth well north of Roanoke and end in Portsmouth.

Wednesday 10/29/2014
North Carolina's beer-swilling, pot-smoking Senate candidate
Posted: October 29, 2014 - 8:00 am

Unlike the Virginia Senate snoozer campaign that incumbent Sen. Mark Warner (D) seems destined to walk away with, our neighboring state of North Carolina has a real battle on its hands.

Monday 10/27/2014
'A moonscape of deforested land'
Posted: October 27, 2014 - 8:00 am

Note from Dan: Carol Noesner lives in Moneta. I responded to her that I was disinclined to do a column on this subject at this time, and referred her to state reforestation regulations. Nonetheless it's an interesting subject that I've heard a lot about over the years. Besides that, I've never heard the term "Franklinian." I thought it was Franklinstein!

Friday 10/24/2014
Should poor kids be barred from trick-or-treating in rich neighborhoods?
Posted: October 24, 2014 - 8:00 am

Happy Halloween season everybody!

Wednesday 10/22/2014
'Finding a roommate is worse than dating'
Posted: October 22, 2014 - 10:08 am

Note from Dan: For the background on this, see yesterday's post here.

Tuesday 10/21/2014
Wanted in Garden City: Wayne Newtonish roommie
Posted: October 21, 2014 - 11:13 am

Remember the fun we had over the summer with room-to-let in Wasena ad: Badass Roommate Wanted, Must Love Beer?

Thursday 10/09/2014
Customer complains to Comcast about rotten service; gets fired
Posted: October 09, 2014 - 8:00 am

If you're a Comcast customer who is employed, you might want to think twice before waging a campaign of complaints about bad service with the cable company.

Monday 10/06/2014
Let the same-sex weddings begin
Posted: October 06, 2014 - 10:09 am

Big news here, folks: The U.S. Supreme Court has turned down five appeals of lower-court rulings that legalized same-sex marriage.

Friday 10/03/2014
Casey: Dye faces tough task in unseating Edwards
Posted: October 03, 2014 - 1:57 pm

Nancy Dye’s home, Rockledge Mansion, is probably better-known around town than she is. High on a cliff, just below the Mill Mountain Star, it’s the most visible residence in the Roanoke Valley. Its driveway is also a city greenway, which leads scores of walkers, runners and cyclists past it every week.

Wednesday 10/01/2014
Roanoke Tea Party president lands a government job
Posted: October 01, 2014 - 8:00 am

If you read yesterday's post about News Guardians' infatuation with Tuesday's column, you might have noticed a familiar name missing: Chip Tarbutton.

Tuesday 09/30/2014
News Guardians: 'Dan Casey has brought home the mother lode'
Posted: September 30, 2014 - 3:01 pm

Thank you News Guardians!

Friday 09/19/2014
Casey: Get ready to pay higher gas prices if Congress doesn't act
Posted: September 19, 2014 - 2:26 pm

You often hear the adage “the devil’s in the details.” A prime example is occurring on Capitol Hill right now.

Wednesday 09/10/2014
Pat Robertson calls for more guns in churches
Posted: September 10, 2014 - 8:49 am

More of this story is here.

Thursday 08/28/2014
Children and Uzis on the Thursday OPEN thread
Posted: August 28, 2014 - 9:18 am

"A 9-year-old girl being taught how to use an Uzi sub-machine gun lost control of the powerful weapon and accidentally killed her instructor" at a gun range Monday in Arizona.ABC News

Wednesday 08/27/2014
Dan Casey: Larry Dodson was in court today
Posted: August 27, 2014 - 1:14 pm

Remember Larry Dodson? He's the Roanoke man paralyzed from the chest down who, back in April, was arrested by four Roanoke County police officers for riding his electric scooter the wrong way on Electric Road. They also charged him with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

How low can you go with economic incentives?
Posted: August 27, 2014 - 8:35 am

Here is how it used to be: Decades and decades ago, somebody got the bright idea to pay a big business to locate in their locality. But for that brainstorm, the humorously named town Big Lick might never have changed its name to Roanoke, a Native American word that basically meant money. That happened after some town fathers bribed the Western Railroad to build its new shops here.

Tuesday 08/26/2014
Camping with the gods on the Tuesday OPEN thread
Posted: August 26, 2014 - 9:00 am

“Perhaps it is too late. I want to runthe beach's length, because it never ends.”Deborah Ager

Friday 08/15/2014
'I don't want to work' on the Friday drive-time tune
Posted: August 15, 2014 - 4:00 pm

I'm taking off another week, folks. There's a column coming Sunday -- see you on Aug. 25!

Frisky on the Friday OPEN thread
Posted: August 15, 2014 - 10:13 am

"A frisky spirit makes my trombone sing."Chris Barber

He's a true believer in Anatabloc
Posted: August 15, 2014 - 7:00 am

Note from Dan: Anatabloc retails for $99.99 for a 300-count bottle, which at the recommended dosage is a 1-month supply.

Thursday 08/14/2014
How to trick the unhip when texting
Posted: August 14, 2014 - 11:00 am


Thrilling wheels on the Thursday OPEN thread
Posted: August 14, 2014 - 9:00 am

"An unexciting truth may be eclipsed by a thrilling lie."Aldous Huxley                                            

Tuesday 08/05/2014
'We have spoiled this wild deer'
Posted: August 05, 2014 - 11:01 am
Take the back road on the Tuesday OPEN thread
Posted: August 05, 2014 - 10:00 am

"The everyday kindness of the back roads more than makes up for the acts of greed in the headlines."Charles Kuralt

A bit of schooling on global warming
Posted: August 05, 2014 - 9:00 am

More on Inhofe and his fetish regarding "the hoax" of climate change is here.

SoRo for immigration reform now!
Posted: August 05, 2014 - 6:00 am

From: Ed and Debbie Reynolds []Sent: Monday, August 04, 2014 6:59 PMTo: Dan CaseySubject: Comprehensive Immigration Reform Now - House Republican Turmoil On Their Own Immigration Bill

Monday 08/04/2014
Some common ground on the subject of dissent
Posted: August 04, 2014 - 1:30 pm


Here's the Monday OPEN thread
Posted: August 04, 2014 - 11:52 am

"The fact that the great scientist believed in flying machines was the one thing that encouraged us to begin our studies."Wilbur Wright

Friday 08/01/2014
A vote for 'Mighty Casey'
Posted: August 01, 2014 - 11:30 am

Note from Dan: The writer of the missive below sent it with a label that, alas, I couldn't view or open. He requested it be signed "M. A. Funt" and explained: "The Patrick Henry High School class of '67 had a renowned member named M.A. Funt. His name was read at graduation--to great cheers--and is in the yearbook. He has communicated from dramatic locales (e.g., the Far Flung Isles of Langerhans) at the time of class reunions. He and I have stayed in touch over the years."

Faith on the Friday OPEN thread
Posted: August 01, 2014 - 9:00 am

"To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don't grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float."Alan Watts

A marriage on the rocks?
Posted: August 01, 2014 - 6:00 am

The corruption trial of Bob and Maureen McDonnell, Virginia's former governor and first lady, opened this week with a toss-Maureen-under-the-bus bang.

Thursday 07/31/2014
Why can't Pope Francis get a vote?
Posted: July 31, 2014 - 6:00 am

A minor drama involving religion and politics is playing out on Capitol Hill right now, where the House GOP leadership is reportedly blocking a vote on a resolution commending Pope Francis in advance of his planned visit to Philadelphia next year.

Wednesday 07/30/2014
Whipped on the Wednesday OPEN thread
Posted: July 30, 2014 - 9:00 am

"You can't always write a chord ugly enough to say what you want to say, so sometimes you have to rely on a giraffe filled with whipped cream."Frank Zappa

What's for lunch? -- on the Wednesday OPEN thread
Posted: July 30, 2014 - 9:00 am

"I never drink coffee at lunch. I find it keeps me awake for the afternoon."Ronald Reagan

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