Sunday, June 17 at 3:00 pm Whitman Auditorium | Virginia Western Community CollegeColonial Avenue | Roanoke VirginiaGeneral Admission | $20 | Directions This event is sponsored by the Social Justice Committee of Roanoke Friends (Quaker) Meeting and is a benefit whose proceeds will provide humanitarian aid to the people of Cuba. If you don’t know John McCutcheon, be prepared to be thoroughly entertained, and expect to carry home at least a couple of his CDs, if he has them available. I first heard him …

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There’s been some discussion of late over at Blue Ridge Muse in which a false distinction has been made between the washed and the unwashed of Floyd County. Who goes in which camp can be biased by a prejudice against “outsiders” who weren’t born here. If you’ll come to the Oak Grove Pavilion performances this summer, any perceived barriers between these two populations of Floyd County residents will crumble. The long-time locals and the recently-arrived locals sit side by side, enjoying each other’s company, …

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For a country whose (previously) predominant Christian moral code forbids killing, the proposition of war has been a difficult matter. Many have wrestled with the conditions that must be met to call a war JUST. This very day, our children die in a war about which, as parents, neighbors, friends of those soldiers, we must ask: Is it justified? We must each decide, and speak and vote and act accordingly. And on this day of memorial, God bless Americans who serve and die or …

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If I portray the days of my youth as somehow different and better, more free and more open than these, I suspect I’ll be blamed for both selective memory and maudlin sentimentalism. But I have just returned from a visit to my boyhood home of Birmingham, Alabama, and can’t shake this sense of sadness and loss, convinced that city life where I grew up was, once upon a time, slower paced, friendlier, and far, far safer than today. In conversation with a librarian near …

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“ More than 470 mountains have been destroyed by mountaintop removal coal mining. Watch this video about mountaintop removal, including excerpts from the documentary Kilowatt Ours, featuring Woody Harrelson and a soundtrack featuring an original recording of “Blowin’ in the Wind,” sung by Willie Nelson. (08:23)“ PLEASE do more than watch the video when you visit the link. Keep clicking on the page. Get an education. Then educate somebody else. Maybe even a politician. You might also keep in mind this quote from a …

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