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Higher taxes and more for tourism

I have read, several times, the Governor's State of the State address. In it, I?find many recommendations for tax increases. I have yet to hear much vocal opposition to the proposed increases, from locals anyway. I find myself wondering, if Mr. Justice was a Republican, if the outcry would be ...

There’s nothing like a good book

Books-I love them! I read every day-and I don't mean on an electronic device. Not to knock things like Kindles and Ipads, but I personally have to turn the pages. I guess being in the newspaper business, I see the importance of actual paper-despite its potential future move to the Worldwide Web ...

High school classes need in person teachers

I was pleased to read that some parents addressed the Board of Education this week with regard to the online AP?classes currently in place at Jefferson High. Sadly, no comments were made by board members, but we can hope that they heard the message.These classes were scheduled, unknown to ...

March for Life: A specific reason

Today marks the 44th annual March for Life--a march that has a specific reason to exist and has continued, growing more and more with each passing year.Last week, we witnessed a remarkable gathering of individuals marching on Washington, D.C.--a "Woman's March" it was called. But the focus of ...

It’s time to take a break

As I write this editorial, it is Wednesday before the upcoming innauguration of our 45th President. To say that it will be a controversial day is to say the sky is blue.Controversy does not begin to describe what is going on in our nation. Sadly, hatred is more the apt term to express what out ...

Lessons in diplomacy needed

The old saying that "You catch more flies with honey than vinegar," is one that can definitely be applied to politicians.As we have rounded the corner into 2017 and see new faces (and some returning faces), it should be an important lesson to learn that treating one rudely or showing no regard ...

No words can describe

As we start the new year, it is often a time of reflection and resolutions. This year, for our community, it is also a year of remembering a man who gave so much to this area in so many ways.Charles "Chuck" Ellison, passed away suddenly on New Year's Day. The loss sent shock waves through the ...

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

Note: I share this editorial written in 1897 with you this week as we celebrate Christmas. My mentor in this business made a point to share this each year and I find comfort in continuing that tradition here at the Chronicle. We wish each of you a very Merry Christmas!Dear Editor,I am 8 years ...

Timing is wrong for redistricting

The Jefferson County Board of Education is focused on redistricting several hundred students to best meet space needs of the county. We are the first to agree that redistricting is a necessary evil.However, the board's rush to push through a redistricting plan during the holiday season does ...

The Final Curtain

This week we are saddened by the loss of our dear friend and columnist Jim Whipple. For so many years, Jim has been a part of the Chronicle, first serving as editorial assistant and reporter in years past, under then editor Dan Friend.Jim continued to write for the Chronicle as it evolved and ...