Roanoke & New River Valley: Virginia’s Rural Economic Gems on Track

The history, geography, diversity and one of the most successful and growing business and education partnerships anywhere make Virginia’s Roanoke and the New River Valley a model for growing a sustainable Rural Economy. A wave of educational, medical and economic growth is  forecast to erupt in the region amid job creating projects like the recently […]

Political differences are never a justification to insult the president.

You don’t need to look further than your internet browser to find the answer to whether the Confederate battle flag is a remnant of racism. The evidence points to it being a vile reminder of all the injustices of slavery. In 1863, William T. Thompson, the editor of the Savannah Morning News, proposed a design […]

Who Gets To Vote?

Two hundred thirty-eight years ago today America was born. Under the shadow of the American Revolution a nation of promise and hope was created. Then it happened: the Second Continental Congress restricted the right to vote to white, free, male landowners, over the age of 21. That was the start of our nation’s still bumpy […]

Happy Flag Day!

Each year on June 14 we celebrate the wonder that is Old Glory with pride and local flavor. Check out a few fun facts and the history of Flag Day from the Ledger-Enquirer in Columbus, Georgia. If I lived in the area, my event choice would be the free hot dogs at the Columbus/Fort Benning […]

Veterans Day: A Lesson in History

Holidays have turned into retail sales opportunities but holidays have history worth learning about. And while boosting the economy can be a patriotic activity, it is very important to understand the truest meaning behind Veterans Day. World War I fighting ended with an armistice between the Allies and Germany that went into effect on the […]

Woody Guthrie’s 100th birthday is Saturday; how about singing ‘This Land Is Your Land’ to mark it?

The 15th annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival opens tomorrow in the singer-songwriter’s hometown of Okemah, Okla., and it will be a special one, running through the 100th anniversary of his birth on Saturday, July 14. The Woody Guthrie Centennial website says, “His songs have run around the world like a fast train on a well oiled track. […]

The Declaration of Independence: A Transcription

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which […]

Soldier On

Western Massachusetts is home to Soldier On. The Soldier On program operates two facilities. In Leeds, Massachusetts a 165-bed shelter is located in two buildings leased from the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The Berkshire Veterans Residence in Pittsfield, Massachusetts provides transitional living space for 71 formerly homeless veterans. Both facilities are managed by formerly homeless […]

Tenting on the Old Camp Ground

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Coming home from where I go Sunday mornings, I listen to a replay of Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion.” Yesterday he sang the Civil War song “Tenting on the Old Camp Ground,” by Walter Kittredge.  I sang along and, for the first time, I listened to the words I was […]

Followup on the Senate’s Symbolic Gift

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Last week I wrote about the Senate’s gift to President Obama in the form of a unanimous resolution authorizing him to establish a no-fly zone over Libya and do whatever else is necessary to protect the Libyan people.  There’s no point in my repeating the whole thing when you can read […]