I'm Right Columns -- The Archive

Some of Steve Weddle’s Honors from the Virginian Press Association:

1st Place, Editorial Writing, 2006
1st Place, Column Writing, 2006

1st Place, Editorial Writing, 2005

1st Place, Column Writing, 2004
1st Place, Headline Writing, 2004
2nd Place, Headline Writing, 2004
3rd Place, Headline Writing, 2004

1st Place, Events and Multiple Advertisers, 2003 1st Place, Column Writing, 2003

1st Place, Headline Writing, 2002

Zing, zing, zing went the folly

Sen. George Allen and Jim Webb were on Tim Russert's show the other day. They started talking politics. When I woke up, the whole thing was over. No, no. I’m just kidding. They were still talking when I woke up.


What do Katie Couric and Parade magazine have in common?

As my grandfather might say, "People are dumber than anybody."


New education plan is enough to make you sick

I must admit that I am a little nervous at the prospect of having my high school biology teacher operate on me.


So what is this I hear about the War on Christmas?

Well, well, well. The fight to save Christmas has finally made its way to the Northern Neck. First, let me say to you all, Merry Christmas. And a Happy Chanukah. And a Happy Kwanzaa.


Virginia county school fight sounds like a Larkin poem

The current battle for school funds in Westmoreland County is poetic--and not in a good way.


Virginia politicians study droopy drawers

Faced with the continued degradation of our society, the venerated General Assembly is again working to fix the fabric of our lives--this time with pants.



Who needs books, anyway?

Faced with overwhelming community support for the county's public library, the Richmond County Board of Supervisors could have shown its own support.
The supervisors could have made a public pledge to give to the library the money required by the state, roughly an additional $7,000 this year.
They did not.
For the 2004-2005 budget, the county gave $46,674 to the library.
Northumberland County is contributing $100,000 this year to its own library in Heathsville.
The Richmond County supervisors could have taken a cue from their neighbors.
They did not.


Goodbye, Sheriff

I'm going to miss Gene Sydnor.
The Richmond County sheriff is retiring at the end of May.
That's not what he told me, though.
That's what the letter to his staff says.
You can read it if you stop by the sheriff's office.
But don't call and ask the sheriff to answer your questions.
A week after he filled out his retirement paperwork and thumb-tacked his letter of retirement to the office bulletin board, I called him to talk to him about his retirement.
"So, you're in the news again," I said.
That was my mistake, not his.
And I should have known better.