Opinion

Inflation has burdened everyone. But it is especially jolting to hear how inflation has impinged on farming. The cost of growing our food has never been so high. The result is hitting U.S. consumers in the grocery store checkout lines. “This is the most perilous time for American agriculture,” Accomack...
BY TED SHOCKLEY, Eastern Shore Post — Those who knew Randy Parks, the inimitable former Northampton High School teacher, would not be surprised at the after-death instructions on which he insisted.  Parks, lovably gruff and a bit idiosyncratic, demanded that he have no funeral and no obituary. He advised his daughter...
BY DAVID MARTIN, Eastern Shore Post Where civility is practiced, people tend to get along and conflict is kept at a minimum. Lose that civility, that common courtesy, and the breakdowns begin in small ways but grow until society begins to sour.  The use of the car horn is one civility...
BY ROB BLOXOM, Special to the Post This is Rob Bloxom with my first Capitol Report from Richmond.  The 2023 General Assembly began Jan. 11 and is the short, 45-day session.  This is a budget adjustment year when the governor adjusts the second year of the two-year budget.  Since Virginia constitutionally has to...
Because of a countywide school scheduling change, Accomack County’s high school students will have to be in class each day at 7:15 a.m. — 15 minutes earlier than the previous start time. That seems very early for teenage students, especially considering the bus ride and the morning routine could have...
— Gender reveal parties will continue to kill people. The idiotic practice of expectant couples using cannons, explosives, and airplanes to reveal the gender of their unborn child has been responsible for 30 or more deaths, including those lost in forest fires started by the gender reveal pyrotechnics.  We predict...
By TED SHOCKLEY, Eastern Shore Post My New Year’s predictions for the Eastern Shore never come true. Last year, not a single one came to fruition. But that won’t stop me from making more.  This year will be amazing on the Eastern Shore because of these initiatives that nobody saw coming: Surf...
If the frigid weather over the holidays showed us anything, it’s that our bodies are not designed to survive the cold. We do better in the heat. We have sweat glands distributed over our entire bodies. We have long legs and arms that dissipate heat. Humans can run, jog, and...
The man kind of rolled his eyes when I mentioned the other fellow’s name. “He’s a ‘pay nass,’” he said with a wave, and that ended it. On the Eastern Shore, some of the people I know can take four words and string them together in a dismissive, two-word mumble. They...
It is the season for New Year’s resolutions — that time of year when we decide anew to cut back on calories, swear off cigarettes, increase our exercise, or dive headlong into pursuit of another goal of some sort.  If you live on the Eastern Shore, your resolution should include...