Thoughts from the Blue Ridge

  The time, the Walrus said, to speak of many things. I write more than I speak and most of what I have written about for more than five decades concerns politics, most often about the failure of the political system that drives and -- I believe -- is destroying our...

The death spiral with crystal meth

Dana (not her real name) turned 18 a month ago and decided it was time to talk about how she lived her life as a high school student experimenting with crystal methamphetamine, sex with boys and sometime with other girls. "Someone like you may think I'm a slut," she...

Here comes the weekend

Is Summer winding down? Good question.  Floyd County Public Schools open on Thursday, August 10, of next week.  Athletic practices have already begun. But wait.  The Galax Old Time Fiddler's Convention kicks off Sunday when the campgrounds open and continues through...