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This guy has no shame. He comes right out and admits he believes undocumented immigrants, illegal aliens, whatever you want to call them, deserve amnesty. Oy vey!
Here’s the story by my colleague, Lindsey Nair. Krispy Kreme, the famed and beloved southern doughnut company, will be going head-to-head with its Yankee nemesis, Dunkin’ Donuts.
Note that it does not say Krispy Kreme will be making doughnuts at their new location across the street from DD on Franklin Road. The KK folks are being a bit kagey about that.
Which raises this question: Can trucked-in Krispy Kremes kompete with hot-and-fresh, made-on-site Dunkin Donuts?
Put your answer in the comments below.
Update: At least initially, Krispy Kreme won’t be making doughnuts on Franklin Road.
So let’s say you’re at FloydFest this week and you have “good” health insurance from a major insurer, and you’re badly injured and you require helicopter transport to Roanoke for treatment.
What do you reckon a fair overall charge should be? What do you reckon your out-of-pocket cost should be?
I have a specific reason for asking this question that we’ll get to next week.
Note from Dan: This comment from Other Aaron came in on the Thursday column thread. The author is a newcomer to this blog.
“What’s the point in being an atheist?
One of 2 things happen when you die, either nothing if God doesn’t exist or you burn in hell. Those are your only choices right?
If you believe in God when you die one of 2 things also happens, either nothing if it isn’t true or you go to heaven. Why choose to be something that has no single outcome that is possibly beneficial when you die? Only thing I can see is to try to prove to those who do believe that they are wrong and you are right.
Problem with that is you won’t find out until you’re dead and there is no one to tell at that point so really it accomplishes nothing. Just like Christians get labeled as soul winners Satan is just as good at winning souls.
Those who are atheists if they take pride in “being right” or thinking they are “not deceived” who’s to say they aren’t the ones being deceived? If they are wrong and God does exist then they are.
Something to think about. . .”
The big election is now more than a week past, but there still are some lingering questions out there.
One of the big ones is whether Congress and the White House can forge a sensible deal to reduce the annual budget deficit, which these days tops an unsustainable $1 trillion. That’s the “fiscal cliff” you’ve heard so much about in the media.
To explore this issue I spoke this week with Nicolaus Tideman, who for 39 years has taught economics at Virginia Tech. Early in his career, he also served as senior staff economist for the President’s Council of Economic Advisors.
I also sought some to put some questions to western Virginia’s House congressional delegation — Reps. Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke County; Morgan Griffith, R-Salem; and Robert Hurt, R-Chatham. But I was far less successful in that endeavor. Read more »
Since the euro crisis began, the euro zone, like a terminally ill patient, has had its bad phases and its bearable phases. With this month’s bank failures in Spain and the election results in Greece and France, it has entered into a very bad period. More than at any time since the crisis began, world financial and political leaders are openly speculating whether Europe’s common currency has now begun a death spiral. Contrary to liberal media coverage of this potential death watch, dissolution of the euro is in America’s medium- and long-term interest.
In recent decades a bipartisan U.S. movement has championed the virtues of global economic competition. So far, the result for Americans has been a mixed bag. On the plus side, it has helped keep U.S. inflation and interest rates low, while letting Americans enjoy a lot of reasonably good quality Chinese consumer products. On the minus side, globalization has gutted American manufacturing, suppressed income growth and caused massive trade deficits. The U.S. is now the world’s largest debtor country, a politically disadvantageous position vis-à-vis its creditor nations. Read more »
Sometimes, I disagree with your views in your column and blog, but I understand and respect your knowledge of the Roanoke area. My wife and I are considering locating to the Roanoke area. We are 60 years of age and have no children. We realize the need to have access to certain facilities and services as we age, (Dr. office, hospital, post office, bank, grocery, drug stores, public transportation, etc). I ask these things based on the thought that we may not be able to, or choose not to drive at some point in the future.
You have lived in the Roanoke Valley Area some years and I am sure you are aware of the subtle differences in the various neighborhoods in the area. In your estimation which neighborhoods have the most to offer people like ourselves? I would like to have access to public water and sewer, cable internet a level area etc. We began our Internet search and at this point are looking at Salem. We are not opposed to the notion of an area in Roanoke proper or other surrounding neighborhoods.
Our main interest is finding a location where people like ourselves can live independently as long as possible. We now live in a rural Va. county but we realize that aging people need help to remain in a country/rural environment. At present, we must drive 6 miles to the nearest grocery store. As I stated above we have no children to help or tote us around in our senior years. We have decided that we must find an area that is more “senior friendly.”
I would really appreciate your thoughts on this manner.
(Sorry to post this on the blog, I tried to privately email you but got the returned to sender message. If others would like to comment that would be great.)
It’s Miss Virginia week here in Roanoke, and the many contestants are in town, preparing for Saturday night. In honor of that, we present this video, from the Miss USA Pageant, where contestants were asked if evolution should be taught in public schools (h/t to ThinkProgress).
And below is the winner of the pageant, and her view:
Next question: Should students be taught that the Earth revolves around the sun?