Category: Rants

Maybe it’s time to move on? Nope!

I wrote this on August 5, 1997, for D.C. Darkside, a web site I had in Washington for a number of years.  It raised questions about where, or what, is home. With apologies to Thomas Wolfe He’d been in the city for 16 years. A long time. Maybe too long. “Maybe it’s time to go

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Rabid right flocks like buzzards to Liberty U.

Perhaps it is fitting that two extremes — religion and politics — came together at Liberty University in Virginia Monday to showcase a side show barker Republican Ted Cruz’s announcement of what will be an incredible sleaze-laden run for President in 2016. As a rule, right-wingers flock to Liberty like buzzards looking for something already

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Believing in God, not organized religion

The temperatures this morning remain warm and my Harley awaits for a second day of exploring the roads. I will head out in a bit and meet friends from The Roanoke Valley Harley Owners Group for breakfast.  Then we will ride. Spring is here and the riding season is upon us. “Wait a minute,” a

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Buffs take Conference volleyball title

Floyd County High School’s Buffaloes took the Conference 38 volleyball final Thursday night with a 3-1 win over Glenvar but they had to come back from a 22-17 deficit in the fourth game. Riley Underwood had 16 kills and 37 digs, Haley Avencini blocked eight shows and Cassie Muncie added 6 digs. More photos and

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A visual opinion

Floyd County High School basketball coach Alan Cantrell offers a visual opinion of a shot taken by a member of the opposing team at a recent alumni basketball game. Photos from our archive will appear over the next few days while I recover from skin cancer surgery.  New photos soon.

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New feature: Voice of the people

Starting with the new year, Blue Ridge Muse will provide a monthly video report on public comments at the Floyd County Board of Supervisors regular meetings and also at public hearings. The nature of news reporting, both in print and visually, provides only an overview of what happens or is said at these meetings.  Our

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Osama bin Laden deserved to die

Normally, I wouldn’t cheer the death of a human being but the killing of master terrorist Osama bin Laden by a team of Navy SEALs Sunday was a well-deserved, justifiable homicide of the man who planned the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Friends were among those killed at both

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Liars, damn liars and Anthem Blue Cross

Eleven months ago, my weight — which has grown steadily over the past few years — hit a knee-staggering 280 pounds. My doctor warned me that my blood sugar had reached the bottom threshold to signal a threat for diabetes. She recommended I deal with the problem immediately. I listened and went on a weight

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In search of…a non-partisan America

Put 300-plus miles on my motorcycle Saturday, riding mountain roads and stopping only for gas and to view the beauty of a country that I love, have served, and now appear doomed to mourn. On my Harley, I’m removed from the mind-numbing tsunami of political propaganda of cable TV, Internet chatter and radio rancor. While

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