The original Voices of the Valleys was begun by Luanne Rife, an editor with the Roanoke Times Editorial Board. She invited people from our community to respond to a weekly question or issue (with a 300 word limit for publication) and each week the paper carried 3-4 responses so the community had a voice. We became a close-knit and friendly group and when the Roanoke Times decided to end the forum, after 118 threads and 29,962 posts, we wanted to stay together; so here we landed. We invited people from the Roanoke Valley to join us in civil, honest, friendly discourse and camaraderie.
Over time, more and more people dropped out and left me here on my own so here I remain, a Blue girl in Red Virginia. ~Sandi Saunders