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Strong hospitals attract and support strong businesses. Business leaders understand this, and that’s why so many recognize an expansion of Medicaid as essential to the economic stability of the state and the Roanoke Valley, where the health care industry dominates. The Virginia Chamber of Commerce made the policy a key part of its “Blueprint Virginia” plan to boost the state economy. Many local chambers, including the Roanoke Regional Chamber of
And this would be a health care solution? Rep. Eric Cantor is telling Republicans: “If we want to win, we must begin to offer solutions to the problems that people face every day” (“Virginia’s GOP leaders urge unity,” Dec. 8 news story). So what have they come up with so far? Shak Hill, a candidate for U.S. Sen. Mark Warner’s seat, is taking credit for coining the term “Warnercare” to
Saturday evening’s bizarre statements by Roanoke Mayor David Bowers aside (“Democrats tap Rasoul to face Johnson,” Dec. 8 news story), one thing is no rumor — Bowers is a sore loser. His unsubstantiated comments after Councilman David Trinkle’s loss to Sam Rasoul demonstrate a sense of good ol’ boy entitlement. Bowers has been a serial embarrassment to himself, the local Democratic Party and Roanoke for many years and should do
Thursday nights hold a special place in the hearts of many Hokie sports fans. A packed Lane Stadium jumping to “Enter Sandman” produces an electrifying atmosphere that is perhaps impossible to duplicate. However, not so far from Lane Stadium another Hokie sport has quietly been using Thursday nights to make an impact on a national level. Cricket, one of the world’s most popular sports, is among the few Hokie traditions
There is nothing state Sen. Creigh Deeds’ friends at the Virginia Capitol can do to save his son, who took his own life after being released from an emergency custody order for a mental health evaluation. But state leaders can offer the Deeds family some comfort that his death has moved the commonwealth at least a few steps toward a more humane system of care. More importantly, state lawmakers can
Goodwill plans have a saving grace I want to thank The Roanoke Times for the article on preservation awards announced by the Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation last week (“Foundation lists top preservation projects in region,” Nov. 21 news story). Our awards and endangered sites listings are intended to raise the public’s awareness of the valley’s important and irreplaceable historic, cultural and natural resources. I do want to clarify that this
Elizabeth Bowles was an old-fashioned Republican: a progressive. That sounds like an oxymoron today, but in her heyday, it was not. Bowles was a businesswoman who understood that wise, strategic public investment in infrastructure is good for business, and repays taxpayers many times over, over many years. When she died this week, at age 92, Roanoke not only was a far different place than in her youth. It was far
Make a woman laugh, Marilyn Monroe supposedly said, and you can make her do anything. Judging from the women who fell for him, Woody Allen learned this early. Alas, he is the least likely role model for Republican males, who seem to have misinterpreted the meaning of the aphorism. To clarify: The idea is to make a girl laugh by engaging your wit, not to make her laugh at you.
Five years into his presidency, we can say that in many respects Barack Obama has been a good president. He has addressed genuine national problems. The solutions he has proposed have been constructive. And his communications to the American people have mostly been sensible and honest. But President Obama has failed in one important area (and it is not in the highly embarrassing, but essentially temporary, botch of the roll-out
“Boo! Republican Marshall Coleman wants to control your reproductive rights!” It was Halloween 1989, and the election for Virginia governor was coming to a close. Attending law school in Richmond that year, I came home from class, picked up the mail and sorted through the campaign literature. Addressed to my wife was the above message written in a Halloween card. My wife commented upon looking at the card, “I’m not
Roughly 84 million people in this country are uninsured or underinsured. Fear of enormous medical bills keeps even very sick people from seeking help. Severely depressed, suicidal people who do not have adequate financial resources face the same dilemma. Doctors are usually unwilling to see uninsured patients. And the cost of treatment and medication is prohibitive. A government study says two-thirds of Americans with severe depression go without medication. A
Del. Bob Marshall can be counted upon to entertain his fellow Virginians with creative, if impractical, bills each year. He likes to get an early start drafting legislation before the General Assembly convenes in January, which has the added benefit of providing him with plenty of attention during the holidays, when his less publicity-hungry colleagues are busy baking cookies and stringing icicle lights from their front porches. The legislative roll-out
When John Lofton of The Washington Times and I were granted an interview with Nelson Mandela inside Pollsmoor Prison near Capetown, South Africa, in August 1985, it was a rare occurrence, personally approved by then-South African President P.W. Botha over the objections of his foreign minister. Mandela gave us a tour of the prison. The guards, apparently, allowed him to roam almost at will. He showed us a small garden
There can be no thanks in a ‘godless Thanksgiving’ I have never seen the illogical, irrational nature of humanism, agnosticism and atheism so clearly expressed as it was in Esther Cepeda’s column “A godless Thanksgiving” (Dec. 2). Her premise seems to be that it is acceptable to give thanks to nothing, which is impossible. Nobody can give thanks for something without giving it to someone or thing for offering it.
On Sunday, among the rolling hills of the Eastern Cape, with tears for the Beloved Country, South Africans will bury their favorite son. Nelson Mandela, born long before the apartheid regime came to power in 1948, lived through its scourge as a freedom-fighting terrorist, anarchist and political prisoner, and in 1990 became a free man and soared to the presidency of his country. That in itself makes for fascinating reading.
With the nation’s unemployment rate declining to 7 percent in November, the lowest since 2008, it may be time to take a look at phasing out the federal government’s extension of jobless benefits. The period in which displaced workers can receive financial assistance has been extended after every recession since 1958, but the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program adopted in 2008 has lasted longer than past stimulus initiatives. The extra benefits
The current House Judiciary Committee hearings on presidential power chaired by Rep. Bob Goodlatte seem to be yet another attempt by Republicans to obstruct the Affordable Care Act. Not offering any reasonable alternatives or working with the administration to fix health care, they persist in obstructing all of the president’s programs. They continue to follow Sen. Mitch McConnell’s 2008 marching orders to ruin President Obama’s term in office. Instead of
Two things slow our research progress: not enough money funding Alzheimer’s/dementia research and not enough people participating in the research studies. The Alzheimer’s Association, through the National Alzheimer’s Plan, is working to address the need for additional federal funds for research. We also are committed to increasing the number of research study participants. Alzheimer’s Association TrialMatch is a free, easy-to-use clinical studies matching service that connects individuals with Alzheimer’s disease,
You could argue that one’s attire is an expression of yourself. The vehicles we drive sometimes represent our image. Owning a Mercedes can say you are elite, a typical Ford owner could be one that wants to buy American and, yes, the driver of a four-wheel-drive pickup with a lift kit is saying volumes about his/her priorities. Often a car is seen as way of getting from A to B.
Thanks for policy that’s forward-looking I want to thank the personnel who work on the Sunday Celebrations section in The Roanoke Times for posting the marriage of a gay couple: Mr. Armstrong and Mr. Meisel (Armstrong-Meisel now). You have been brave and wise, and your newspaper is on the correct side of history. It’s just too bad that they wouldn’t be “legally” married in Virginia and have chosen to live
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