henDentonLaymanandhiswife, Virginia, entered theold Glebe Schoolhouse onSundayafternoon,itwaslikesteppingbackintime.TheLaymansoncelivedonanear-byfarmandspenttheirfirstyearsoftheirmarriagethere.ItwasjusthappenstancethatDen-tonLaymanwastalkingabouthisdogtags a few weeks back. He wonderedwheretheycouldbeandhowlongagohe’dlostthem.Standingintheplacewhereonetagwas discovered just weeks ago, by atotal stranger, Denton Layman nowholdswhathehadoncelost.
The schoolhouse, which was builtthe mid-1800s, is being renovated byDr.RobertCocke,anemergencyroom
Denton Layman, whose dog tag had been lost under the floorboards of the Glebe Schoolhouse since the1950s, stands inthe room where it was found holding a portrait of himself from his service in the military on Sunday in Swoope.
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Denton Layman on Sunday holds his dog tag, which was discoveredunder the floorboards of the Glebe Schoolhouse in Swoope.
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Karen Lawrence spentmuch of her time living in downtownwithout the capability to wash and dryherclothes.“I live and work downtown, and forseveral years did not have easy accesstoalaundromat,”Lawrencesaid.“Someoftheapartmentsinolderbuildingsaresmall and not able to be fitted for ma-chines.”Lawrence’s apartment house has in-stalled a shared laundry room, but adowntownlaundromathasalwaysbeena topic for discussion between resi-dents.Lawrence,priortohavinglaundryinherbuilding,talkedwithotherresidentsaboutopeningasmallcooperativelaun-dromat, something like the Dirty Bean— a combination coffee shop and laun-dromatthatusedtobeinNewtown.Will Wright, who ran the Dirty Beanback in 2008, said what he had was agreatconcept,buthorribletiming.“The issue with it was we were hav-ing slow progression, but it was a littletoolate,”hesaid.“Itneededtobealittlemoreaggressive.”Around 2008, right around the realestate slump and economic downturn,WrightputintheDirtyBeanwhereBar-biere is now on West Beverley Street.Theventureonlylastedayear.“I do think there is some room forwalkable services like a laundromatdowntown,butitwouldhavetobecom-binedwithsomethingelsetobeanactu-albusiness,”Lawrencesaid.Julie Markowitz, executive directorof Staunton Downtown DevelopmentAssociation,saidhavingsomethingliketheDirtyBeannowwouldthrivedown-town.Wright agreed with that concept,
Terry Davis of Staunton loads wet clothesfrom the cart into three dryers at LaundryLand in Staunton on Jan. 23.
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From theRoseGarden,PresidentBarackObama outlined a timetable forthe gradual withdrawal of thelast U.S. troops in Afghanistanand said confidently, “This ishow wars end in the 21st centu-ry.”Butlessthanthreeweeksaf-ter his May 27 announcement,thereisasuddenburstofuncer-tainty surrounding the wayObama has moved to bring thetwo conflicts he inherited to aclose.InIraq,afast-movingIslam-ic insurgency is pressing to-ward Baghdad, raising the pos-sibility of fresh American mili-taryactionmorethantwoyearsafter the last U.S. troops with-drew. The chaos in Iraq alsoraises questions about whetherObama’s plans to keep a smallmilitary presence in Afghani-stan until the end of 2016 canprevent a similar backslidethereorwhetherextremistsaresimply lying in wait until theU.S. withdrawal deadlinepasses.“Could all of this have beenavoided? The answer is abso-lutely yes,” Sen. John McCain,R-Ariz., said of the deteriorat-ing situation in Iraq. McCain,Obama’s 2008 presidential ri-val,addedthatObamais“abouttomakethesamemistakeinAf-ghanistanhemadeinIraq.”That criticism strikes at theheart of Obama’s clearest for-eign policy pledge: a commit-menttoendingtheconflictsandkeeping the U.S. out of furthermilitaryentanglements.
For Obama, fresh questions about how wars end
President Barack Obama and his top advisers have cited the end of theIraq war as one of Obama’s top achievements in office.
“I think Americans have learned that it’s harder to end wars than it is to begin them.”