From The Editor

Do your homework

Sister Mary Christopher had a way to incentivize her class to do daily assignments and homework. She was my fourth-grade teacher the same year President Kennedy was assassinated.


Rick Gray

The next big thing

Back in the late ‘70s, I was a young lawyer practicing at Chesterfield Courthouse, and like many young lawyers, I had political ambitions.


Charlie Todd

Winning the election by a hair

In this space last May, we mentioned 26 potential candidates for the Republican nominee, one of whom will in all likelihood face Barack Obama in the Presidential election this fall. Of those named, all 26 are still alive and perhaps interested in the nomination, which may not be determined before the party’s Tampa convention in August.


Rep. Randy Forbes

Back to school

I almost always had first-day jitters. I remember my mom walking me to the door, handing me my lunch bag and kneeling down to kiss me on my forehead as I stepped out of the house and towards a new school year.


Michelle Collins-Robinson

Is it real or is it Memorex?

In 1972, Memorex launched a campaign “Is it live or is it Memorex?” this campaign eventually became “Is it real or is it Memorex?”


Lt. Pete Hypes

It never happened?

I was attributed a statement by some firefighters that had worked with me regularly; “I thought that I had seen it all.” I guess that I must have said that more frequently than I realized. I also used to say, “Stay on this job long enough and you are prone to see anything.”


Rise and Shine in the Dogpound

Max March Madness is over

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. Well, March madness is finally over, thankfully, since my team [Buckeyes] never got out of the starter’s box this year.


Dr. Todd Reynolds

The mumps

An outbreak of mumps on the Ohio State University campus has brought the mumps back into the news again. Forty cases of the disease have been confirmed in students and some individuals associated with the university.


Gardening With Gita

Spring is finally here

At last, spring, it seems like it’s here to stay. While the daffodils in the yard across the street from us have been blooming for some time, ours took a little longer, but every bit worth the wait; the maple trees are now gradually breaking dormancy, clusters of iris leaves showing up in all kinds


Leigh Burke

Age is just a number

There is often a common theme in my articles and that is that age is just a number. I was thinking about the article for this month and, once again, how I was going to convey this message. I was thinking about what the indicators were that triggered someone to think someone is “old.”


Gena Lashley

Something wicked this way comes

Spring has finally arrived, and boy, is it glorious. The bright bursts of color in every direction you turn can take your breath away (that and the pollen). This time of year makes my heart fill with joy and I am happy.


Anthony Barnes

Menopause and weight gain in the midsection

Question of the Month: I expected to gain weight during menopause but I didn’t think that most of it would be in my midsection. This is not where I usually put on weight. Is there a reason for this?


John Hall

The accidental journalist decides to take a break

My high school English teachers would certainly be amazed by my positive (I think?) contributions to this newspaper over the last three years. It has been a great deal of fun, and I must admit I have at times enjoyed those 15 seconds of fame.


Dr. Robert Owens

Can you see the vision?

A very impressive teacher once told me, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” This has stuck with me for more than 30 years. From that day forward, I’ve made planning an important part of everything I do. I take it so seriously I plan to be spontaneous.


Letters To The Editor

On Bended Knees

It would be difficult for anyone to not see the chaos that embodies our lives daily. Whether it is in our personal lives or in the lives of those who we are associated with daily, we cannot avoid the obvious problems that reflect a cancer in our local, state, and national stages.

Win-win solution for public, developers

Spring has arrived, and our developers are busy knocking down trees and scraping the land on every available piece of property. In the near future new houses, subdivisions and many, many, many apartments will be completed.

Coyner’s logic is flawed

It has been said that those in public office should avoid even the appearance of conflict of interest. I propose the following as how the actions of Chesterfield County School Board Member Carrie Emerson Coyner appear to those who do not know her.

Coyner cannot represent both parties fairly

With regard to Chesterfield School Board Member Carrie Coyner, I offer the following observations and comments in response to her public rationalizations.