The Mount Rogers Health District, which serves the counties of Bland, Carroll, Grayson, Smyth, Washington and Wythe and the cities of Bristol and Galax, is urging smokers and users of other tobacco products to quit for one day: Thursday, Nov. 21.
Foods containing trans fats may be yummy - as long as you don’t actually ponder the words - but they’re artery-clogging killers responsible for an estimated 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths in America each year.
Recently, Volunteers of America convened a panel discussion at the National Press Club to discuss many of the issues facing America’s veterans, particularly traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.
It shouldn’t require a change to state law to stop bullying at school.
Plenty of policies already prohibit it. At all public schools in Virginia, for example, the Code of Student Conduct says bullying - behavior intended to harm or humiliate a student - may lead to suspension or expulsion.
The month of October has come to be a time filled with pink ribbons and special events designed to promote breast cancer awareness, but the onslaught of publicity also provides a good reminder for contributors to any cause to research charities prior to giving to ensure that their donations are going for the intended purpose.
Less than a month ago, Gov. Bob McDonnell apologized to Virginians for the financial and ethical controversy swirling around his office. He insisted that he broke no laws and was “committed to regaining your sacred trust and confidence.”
After an appalling display of inefficiency in helping disabled veterans earlier this year - nearly 900,000 had pending disability claims, and two-thirds of those had been waiting for at least four months - the Department of Veterans Affairs has made progress.
Members of Congress who will be heading out in a few days for their long August recess should take some time over that period to consider how their divisiveness and brinkmanship is negatively impacting a wide swath of Americans, and what their responsibility is for turning that around.