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John V. Fleming

Member of the Wedding

By John V. Fleming

September 12, 2014

There is much to worry about these days, so that occasions for unalloyed rejoicing are to be fully indulged. I just returned from one in Birmingham, Alabama, and despite the torturous circumstances of the returning flights, I’m stoked with optimism about our country’s human capital. Read more »

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A. Jean Lesher

The Power of Pink

By A. Jean Lesher

September 11, 2014

Why do so many little girls wear pink and their parents encourage this? It all has to do with sex, not just gender. Read more »

Suellen Zima

War Made Clear

By Suellen Zima

September 11, 2014

About a year ago, I started thinking about the third book I wanted to write. Since it's a philosophical science fiction story, I wanted to invent a planet of peace. Was it even possible to have a planet of peace? What would it look like? Read more »

Mel Lavine

The Summer of Lost Things

By Mel Lavine

September 4, 2014

It started in June when my 1992 Honda flunked its smog test. I put money into repairs and it passed. The car was good for another 100,000 miles.A few days later the Honda was stolen. The police found it almost immediately minus the battery ... Read more »

Robert Schrag

Distilled Harmony Foreword — Dedicated to my Daughters

By Robert Schrag

August 26, 2014

When they lie there in their cribs,It seems as though you can look Right into their hearts.That you will always understand themAnd they you.In truth you will always be onDifferent trajectories arching throughUnique experiences in life.You will remain ... Read more »

Philip E. Jenks

The Bombs of August: 'An Extremely Dangerous Precedent'

By Philip E. Jenks

August 22, 2014

The way Harry Truman saw it in August 1945, there was a sickening possibility that the Second World War would end in a historic bloodbath. The only alternative to a mutual massacre of American and Japanese troops, he believed, was the atomic bomb that his ... Read more »

Mel Lavine

In a Time of Drought

By Mel Lavine

August 20, 2014

Day after day I pick up the paper in the morning to get the weather. It is the same story: There will be a few sprinkles possible but significant rain is not expected.Few if anyone seems to be worried. The drought is not the ... Read more »

Jack Betts

Wisdom and Wit of the Late U.S. Rep. Caldwell Butler

By Jack Betts

August 12, 2014

I long admired Rep. Caldwell Butler in my reporting days in Washington, and was sorry when I read of his death last week. I offered a remembrance of Butler's role to a newspaper I had not written for in decades, and Roanoke Times Editorial Page ... Read more »

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