Primary Elections are tomorrow – Tuesday, June 12!

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Historically, very few people show up to vote in primary elections like the one that will happen tomorrow (Tuesday, June 12) in Virginia. But there are all sorts of reasons why we should. One is that higher numbers of primary voters signals to national parties and others that people in our part of the state […]

Pulaski Explainer: Should Pulaski Join the Opioid Lawsuit?

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Some of you may have read about a large lawsuit being brought against the manufacturers of opioid prescription drugs by many localities throughout the country.  In our neck of the woods, Smyth, Wythe, and Russell counties have joined and their lawyers have attempted to add Pulaski County to their client list.  I’ll attempt to explain […]

I ♡ Poor Boys Produce, Part 2

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Around this time last year, I published my first love letter to Poor Boys Produce Stand, but over the past year, I discovered more reasons to love the place, so here I am again. While I appreciate that I can find Daisy’s Bread in the local produce stand all year round, Doug Steger’s story about […]

Dont forget to vote in local elections tomorrow, Tuesday May 1

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Elections will be held tomorrow (May 1) in Pulaski and Dublin. On the ballot will be candidates for Mayor (Pulaski) and Town Council (Pulaski and Dublin). Full sample ballots for both can be found at the Pulaski County Registrar’s website (http://www.pulaskicounty.org/Registrar.html). In Pulaski, David Clark is running unopposed for mayor and 5 candidates are running […]

Delegate Report- How Changing One Number can Affect Hundreds of Lives in Pulaski

2 House majority leader, Del. Kirk Cox, R-Colonial heights, talks with Senate Republican floor leader, Sen. Thomas Norment, R-James City County, right during the House session at the Capitol  Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 in Richmond, Va. The General assembly is in it's last few days for the 2013 session.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

In 1980, Virginia set the minimum amount (or threshold) for a felony larceny charge at $200.  Since then, as inflation has risen 3% every year (on average) and virtually every state in the nation has raised the amount to at least $500 (in Texas it’s $1500 and North Carolina its $1000), Virginia has done nothing. […]

Death in a Small Town: A National Tour

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What if we woke up tomorrow in a completely different small town? Would we feel at home in Summerville, GA, with 4 colleges just a county over? Or in Hartford, KY, among generations of coal miners? I imagine our neighbors in Greensburg, IN, heading off to the Honda plant every day, would be a little […]

On expanding Medicaid: “Virginia’s money needs to stay in Virginia”

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One of my hardworking colleagues just found out that her family’s health insurance premiums are about to go from about $250 to $1200 a month. Upon hearing that, I was tempted to sarcastically exclaim, “Thanks Obama” and rethink my limited support for the Affordable Care Act. But then I looked into the reason her premiums […]

Beth O’Connor: When a Hospital Dies

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At a recent media event sponsored by Virginia Organizing, Beth O’Connor, executive director of the Virginia Rural Health Association shared the following remarks. We are publishing them in full here because all of us in Pulaski County – insured or not, health care professionals or not – have a stake in our local economy and should […]

Meeting Tonight to Discuss Capital Projects for Schools

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Tonight the Pulaski County Board of Supervisors and the Pulaski County School Board will meet to discuss a host of important issues around both the new middle school as well other school related expenses. (Find the Agenda here.) I should note that the meeting will be at the IT Training Room at 89 Commerce Street S.W. (Maple […]