From The Editor

A glass half full – cheers!

When people say my glass is always half empty and theirs is half full; I tell them the problem is that someone is always drinking out of mine. I’m working on filling my glass half full, but it’s hard to do when there is so much to complain about.


Rick Gray

“The inside of a church”

In my adult life, one of the most difficult challenges has been dealing honestly with my personal lack of religious faith.


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-Robbinson

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

Journey of Firsts

As many of you know, I have just returned from my sixth journey to Africa, since 2009. You would think that there would not be so many first time experiences, after being there six times, but wait until I share these. We are going to Africa, sharing the gospel with a people group known as the Pedi, in the Limpopo Province of South Africa.


Rise and Shine in the Dogpound

Super Dogpound

Hello and welcome back to the super world of the Dogpound. Yep, the Super Bowl is here, and at the time of this writing I know who is going to play in the game but no idea who is going to win. Nor do I really care since the teams I wanted to be in the championship game fell to the wayside many weeks ago.


Dr. Todd Reynolds


Though not proven scientifically, the cold weather often seems to exacerbate arthritis pain in many individuals. Arthritis is the general medical term for any type of inflammation in a joint. Most individuals that suffer from arthritis pain have osteoarthritis (degenerative arthritis or degenerative joint disease, DJD).


Gardening With Gita

Try looking for clues in Latin names

As I began preparing this column a week or so back, we were treated to our share of wintry weather precipitation, which really is not very uncommon for this time of the year; with sleet falling since wee hours of the morning and continuing for a good part of the day including the following night


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

Where there is darkness, there is light

The world is a desolate place right now; but there are always bright rays of light that spill hope into pockets of despair. Chesterfield County is currently one of those pockets. Despite the wealth in the western portion of the county, the north side closest to the city of Richmond


Kristi Higgins

Hunting in Transylvania

Our path was glazed with glistening icicle shards, and the fog was so thick it could be cut with a knife. Frozen spider webs dangled from the briars, and the drone of traffic sounded like wind howling.


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

Athletics and construction drive tuition costs

As Virginia’s students and their families struggle to pay their tuition and related expenses, the state’s 15 public universities continue to charge excessively for mandatory fees for athletics and massive bricks-and-mortar projects.

Please, help keep playgounds clean

We are second graders at Ecoff Elementary School. We have noticed that our playground has a lot of trash. This makes us sad. We know that sometimes we leave trash there, but we see more after a weekend when activities are played here.

Forbes deception

A few days ago I saw an email from Randy Forbes complaining to his supporters about how the National Democratic Party, special interest groups, and unregulated “527 soft-money groups” are “pulling out all the stops” to defeat Republicans.

Reader defends Forbes’ record

I was very disappointed to read the editorial in yesterday’s Village News attacking Congressman Randy Forbes. You can disagree on politics, but you can’t disagree on Forbes’s record, and this is a gross misrepresentation of his work in Congress.