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
Susie Frances (Boone) Bowman, 88, of Rocky Mount, went to her eternal home on Sunday, May 31, 2015. She was the daughter of the late I. C. and Maggie Boone. She was preceded in death by seven siblings, Ena Miller, Ruth Garber, Ruby Taylor, Robert Boone, Arthur Boone, Ezra Boone and Lydia Rutrough; one infant daughter, Gail Areda; another daughter, Janet Rose; and one grandson, Shaun Sisco.Surviving are her husband, Ezra Lee Bowman; five children and their spouses, Linda Bowman, Bill Bowman (Arlene), Ben Bowman (Kathy), Gladys Bowman, and Gloria Sisco; six siblings, Dorothy Layman, Samuel Boone, Joel Boone, Riley Boone, Dora Austin, and Roy Boone; several grandchildren, Beth Bowman, Chris Bowman (Liz), Daphne Sisco-Wertz (Evan), Aaron Bowman, Ethan Bowman, and Anna Bowman. Having been blessed to be part of a large family, she is also survived by many wonderful brother and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and cousins.Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 4, 2015, at Oak Hill Old German Baptist Brethren Church at 101 Elam Lane in Boones Mill, with the Home Brethren officiating. The burial will follow at the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Oak Hill Church Treasurer, 664 Red Valley Road, Boones Mill, VA 24065. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, at the church. Arrangements by Flora Funeral Service & Cremation Center, Rocky Mount.
There is a reunion in Heaven today because Linda Webb Angle-Eller is in her Heavenly home with her Lord. She lost her battle with brain cancer on Saturday, May 31, 2015. She was born in Lester, W.Va. on July 26, 1942 to the late Fred and Lucille Webb and raised in Midway, W.Va. with her brother and sisters, until around 16yrs, when they moved to Newport News, Va., where she met my dad Jack Angle. They were married for 40 years until his death in 2000. They were so blessed and in 1971 they moved to Christiansburg, Va. where she called home for over 44 years.At this earthly address she raised two kids Jeff Angle who died in 1995 from diabetic complications and Amie Angle Phillips. My mother taught me the importance of family; whom I spend a lot of time with. She was preceded in death by her sister, Syble and brother-n-law, Gary Hicks who was waiting in Heaven for her.Survivors include her brother, Larry Webb and sister-in-law, Joan Webb, of Newport News; and her sister, Sue and brother-n-law, Danny Hurt, of Chesapeake, Va. She has many nieces and nephews who feel more like brothers and sisters to me.In 2006 she married Dale Eller who was the love of her life. With her second marriage she was able to gain two more children, Della Eller who died in 2011 from diabetic complications and Norman Eller and wife, Susanna and grand-children Katie and Jacob from Slabfork, W.Va. She loved the Lord and enjoyed the fellowship that came with it. She attended First Church of God on Canaan Road Christiansburg, Va. for many years and was a member of Good Shepherd Baptist Church, where she not only worshiped but made many special friends in the fellowship group (Senior Saints).She leaves behind many to cherish her memories, special friends Brenda Lyons and all the Senior Saints. The phrase "I love You" were not just words spoken by her. When she said it you knew she meant it. She always showered her family and friends with hugs and kisses. I hope that my husband Tony Phillips, her grandsons Alex and Logan Phillips are able to show as much love, kindness, forgiveness and acceptance as she embodied.In lieu of flowers please make donation To Good Shepherd Baptist Church Senior Saints, P.O. Box 398 Christiansburg VA 24068. Or www.gsbcfamily.org.Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at Good Shepherd 155 Dunlap Drive, Christiansburg VA 24073. Visitation one hour prior to services.
Mary Lee Mozingo Claybrook, of Goodview, taught her last class Sunday, May 31, 2015. She slipped these earthly bonds surrounded by family and friends at her home. She is now with the love of her life, her husband Jimmie Clifton Claybrook, Sr. who preceded her in death on September 15, 2014. She was born January 24, 1928 in Richmond, Va. to the late Rev. Bransom Lee Mozingo and Mary Jeanette Herndon Mozingo. Also preceding her in death was her younger sister, Betty Ann Mozingo Lucas.Survivors are her daughter, Ann Adele Claybrook-Horne and husband, Chester; son, Jimmie Clifton Claybrook Jr. and wife, Kim. "NaNa" is survived by four loving grandchildren, Megan Lee Cronise and husband, Forrest, Macon Bransom Claybrook and wife, Nicole, Quinn M. Mitchell and Morgan D. Claybrook. She is also survived by her nephews, Edmund Drew Lucas and wife, Patty, David Lee Lucas and wife, Robin.She began her teaching career in Stoneville, N.C. where she met and married our father. They moved to Roanoke, Va. in 1953 and she taught in numerous Roanoke city schools for 38 years. Her students would probably say she was strict but fair, and always taught an interesting class. She always took great pride in decorating her home and tending her flowers. She was a masterful cook, always trying new dishes but preparing everyone's favorites: beans, cornbread and coconut cake. She travelled the world with friends and family. How very blessed we are, her children and grandchildren, to have such a powerful positive force in our lives. She encouraged integrity, lifelong learning, educational accomplishment and love of family.We wish to thank Ayla Sharp, Arlene Brown and Brittany Franklin for their unwavering devotion to making her comfortable throughout the years. They have been a Godsend to our family. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project or the Humane Society.Graveside Services will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday June 3, 2015 at Sherwood Memorial Park with Chaplain Marvin Barbre officiating.
Elrica Margie Marshall, 82, of Willis, passed away on Sunday, May 31, 2015, at Heritage Hall Laurel Meadows. Mrs. Marshall was born in Floyd County to the late Rollie and Thelma Matherly Quesenberry. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her brother, Russell Quesenberry.Survivors include her husband, Carl C. Marshall of the home; daughter and son-in-law, Rhonda and Jerell Myers of Willis; granddaughter, Ashley Myers of Willis; sisters-in-laws, Opal Quesenberry and Anita Marshall; nieces and spouses, Dreama and Timothy Tolbert, Dr.'s. Katrena and Nathan Floyd, and Deanna Hopkins; nephew, Clifton Dean Marshall; special great nieces and nephew, Andrea Tolbert Primm, Aimee Tolbert, Ashton Primm; and special friends and staff of Heritage Hall Laurel Meadows.Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, at Vaughan-Guynn-McGrady Chapel at 8 p.m. with Jerry Blevins officiating.The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. A private burial will be held at the Quesenberry Cemetery. A guestbook is available online by visiting www.vaughanguynnandmcgrady.com. Vaughan-Guynn-McGrady Chapel is serving the family.