There's been plenty of outrage expressed over tax increases Roanoke City Council approved during its meeting Monday afternoon. To recap, council raised:
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.
Out of the mouths of babes often comes some sublime stuff. But other times what you hear is pure idiocy.
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.
It's the time of year, folks, when we haul out the vinegar and sip from it slowly while contemplating glaring stupidity.
Read more about this amazing musician here.
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.
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.
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 WND.com) and Alex Jones's Infowars.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Happy Halloween season everybody!
Note from Dan: For the background on this, see yesterday's post here.
Remember the fun we had over the summer with room-to-let in Wasena ad: Badass Roommate Wanted, Must Love Beer?
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.
Big news here, folks: The U.S. Supreme Court has turned down five appeals of lower-court rulings that legalized same-sex marriage.
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.
If you read yesterday's post about News Guardians' infatuation with Tuesday's column, you might have noticed a familiar name missing: Chip Tarbutton.
Thank you News Guardians!
You often hear the adage “the devil’s in the details.” A prime example is occurring on Capitol Hill right now.
More of this story is here.
"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
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.
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.
“Perhaps it is too late. I want to runthe beach's length, because it never ends.”Deborah Ager
I'm taking off another week, folks. There's a column coming Sunday -- see you on Aug. 25!
"A frisky spirit makes my trombone sing."Chris Barber
Note from Dan: Anatabloc retails for $99.99 for a 300-count bottle, which at the recommended dosage is a 1-month supply.
"An unexciting truth may be eclipsed by a thrilling lie."Aldous Huxley
"The everyday kindness of the back roads more than makes up for the acts of greed in the headlines."Charles Kuralt
More on Inhofe and his fetish regarding "the hoax" of climate change is here.
From: Ed and Debbie Reynolds [------------@cox.net]Sent: Monday, August 04, 2014 6:59 PMTo: Dan CaseySubject: Comprehensive Immigration Reform Now - House Republican Turmoil On Their Own Immigration Bill
"The fact that the great scientist believed in flying machines was the one thing that encouraged us to begin our studies."Wilbur Wright
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."
"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
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.
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.
"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
Alice M. Woolwine, 99, of Salem, Va., passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Funeral Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015, at Lotz Funeral Home - Salem Chapel, 540-389-9208.
Danny Lee Hicks, 61, of Mountain Grove, passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Funeral Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, May 31, 2015, at Mountain Grove United Methodist Church. Arrangements by McLaughlin & Young Funeral Home, Hot Springs, Va., 540-839-2961.
Alice Marie Marshall, 64, of Woodlawn, passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Funeral Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015, at Vaughan-Guynn-McGrady, Hillsville, Va., 276-728-2041.
Howard Randell (Randell) Barger, 73, of Roanoke, Va., died on Thursday, May 28, 2015. He was born on October 13, 1941, the oldest of four children of Howard Cecil and Edna Catherine Murray Barger.He attended East Tennessee University, served as a Lieutenant in the Virginia National Guard, worked at Total Action Against Poverty (now Total Action for Progress), and retired as a Systems Analyst from the Norfolk & Southern Railway. He started work as a programmer when computers were the size of a building and lived to see the same computing power reduced to a laptop. He was also a former member of Green Ridge Presbyterian Church in Roanoke, Va., where he served as a deacon and Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Copper Hill, Va.He was preceded in death by his parents. Surviving are his children, Brian Douglas Barger (Elizabeth) of Matthews, N.C., and Jennifer Barger Blugerman of Troutville, Va.; and four grandchildren, Meagan, Emily, Emma and Matthew. Also surviving are his brothers, Jerry Barger (Theresa) of Adairsville, Ga., and Rickey Barger (Cindy) of Vinton, Va.; his sister, Deena Parrish (Lewis) of Roanoke, Va.; and his former wife, Carolyn Walter.The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to noon on Monday, June 1, 2015, at Oakey's North Chapel, 6732 Peters Creek Road in Roanoke, Va. A memorial service will immediately follow. Private interment at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare, 2720 Liberty Road, NW, Roanoke, VA 24012.Arrangements by Oakey's North Chapel, 540-362-1237. www.oakeys.com