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
Jo Ann Williams, 70, of Pulaski, Va., died Thursday, May 28, 2015. Arrangements by Seagle Funeral Home, Pulaski, Va., 540-980-1700.
Nora Sue "Susie" Flinchum Davis Delancey, age 87 of Pinellas Park, FL (formerly of Collinsville, Va) went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at Palm Gardens in Largo, Fl. She was born to the late Charles William and Hettie Burke Flinchum on January 24, 1928.Sue was strong in her Baptist faith and faithfully active in her church until her health prevented attendance. She instilled her strong faith and values to each generation. Sue, or "Nanny" as affectionately called by her family, loved good food and socializing, speaking about her family with great pride. Her laugh could light up a room, and her country charm soothing all situations. Generous almost to fault, she never met a soul she could not minister too, or a candy she did not like. Her passion for embroidery continued even as her health failed, yet she was able to help make quilts for 4 of her great-grandchildren. Sue was preceded in death by her husband Marshall E. Davis of 31 years, her 2nd husband Eslie W. DeLancey of 9 years, her brother, William "Bud" Flinchum of Blacksburg, Va, her sisters, Alene Hale, Nellie "Tea" Flinchum Bishop, both of Blacksburg, Va, Helen Flinchum Osborne, of W. Va, Ethel Hylton of Radford, Va, and Mildred Flinchum Martin of Durham, NC.Sue is survived by her daughters, Patricia Sue Davis Gauldin (Timothy) of Pinellas Park, Fl and Sandra Ann Davis Barrow (Adrian) of Jacksonville, Fl, 4 grandchildren Richard L. Gauldin (Stephanie) of St. Petersburg, Fl, and T. Wayne Gauldin (Crystal) North Ridgeville OH, J. Todd Barrow (Connie), Marsha Barrow Moor (Andy) both of Jacksonville, Fl and 12 great grandchildren – Alexander Marshall , Hunter Lynn , Morgan Elizabeth, and Delaney Nicole Gauldin; Amelia Rose and Noah Thomas Gauldin; Bela Morales, Abigail Marie and Piper Addison Barrow, Faith Adriana, Hope Andraya, and Grace Analise Moor and another great-grandson Jeremiah Andrew Moor to be born in August 2015.Graveside services will be held at 11 A.M. on Monday, June 1, 2015 in the Dowdy Family Cemetery in Blacksburg, Va.
Robert Franklin "Bob" Jett, 77, of Hillsville, passed away suddenly at his home on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. He was a warm, caring and loyal father, son, brother, uncle, friend and Hokie. Bob was born March 7, 1938 to Clinton C. Jett and Mary T. Jett. He graduated from Hillsville High School in 1958. He married the love of his life, Barbara Carpenter Jett in February 1961.He is survived by his son, Franklin M. Jett, of Galax; mother, Mary T. Jett, of Laurel Fork; sister and brother-in-law, Dianne and Richard Raymond, of Roanoke; sister-in-law, Christine Beck, of Hillsville; brother-in-law, Roger G. Carpenter his wife, Phyllis and their children, Tyler and Haley, of Galax; nephews, Eddie Beck, his wife, Kristen, and their children, Jamie, Sadie, and Sydney, of Johnson City, Tenn., Mike Beck, his wife, Megan, and their children, Maggie and Miller, of Kernersville, N.C., Pat Beck and wife, Nikki, of Wilkesboro, N.C., James Atkins, his wife, Libby, and their children, Josh and Abigail, of Ferrum; niece, Gwynn Atkins, of Roanoke; very special cousins, Erroll Rhea Jett and Lois Jean "Jo Ann" McGrady, of Hillsville; special friend and caregiver, James Goad, of Hillsville.Bob was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Barbara Carpenter Jett; father, Clinton C. Jett; father-in-law, Gilmer Carpenter; mother-in-law, Amanda Carpenter and brother-in-law, James H. Beck.Bob was a member of the Kazim Shrine Temple in Roanoke since1964 and a member of the Hillsville Masonic Lodge #193 A.F. & A.M. since 1962. Bob formed the Kazim Hillbillies Unit in 1976. Bob and his wife Barbara owned and operated Bob's Ladies and Menswear of Hillsville and Cana until Barbara's death in 2007. Bob was a longtime member of the Hillsville Presbyterian Church.The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to Dr. Carter Wright and his staff at North Carolina Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston Salem, N.C. for the last eight years of wonderful care. Their skill and compassion were greatly appreciated.The funeral service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, May 31, 2015 at the Vaughan-Guynn-McGrady Chapel in Hillsville with the Rev. Kevin Campbell and Pastor David Bays officiating. Inurnment will follow at the North End Cemetery. Masonic Rites will be performed by the Hillsville Masonic Lodge #193 A.F. & A.M. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at the funeral home.In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, Attn: Development Office, 950 West Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605 or Hillsville Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 1446, Hillsville, Virginia 24343. A guestbook is available online at vaughanguynnandmcgrady.com. Vaughan-Guynn-McGrady Funeral Home is serving the family.
Donna N. Butt, 58, of Salem, passed away Tuesday, May 26, 2015. A Celebration of Life will be 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, 2015, at Mama Maria's Restaurant, Salem. Arrangements by Valley Funeral Home, Roanoke, Va., 540-562-1182.