As an English professor newly arrived in south-central
But I did not think Vern Riffe was responsible for our river vices. Sure, he cut ethical corners and did not tolerate dissenters, and he had no patience with people who did not follow his wishes, but he was a masterful politician, working effectively with his Democratic colleagues and Republican allies on behalf of his constituents. He brought home the bacon to southern
But there was a price to be paid for all the financial and material assistance Riffe funneled into his district. Political pork is bad for the soul of any community that depends on it, and few communities became more dependent on pork than
Most of the oldest universities in
While he was alive, Riffe kept control of
The name Vernal G. Riffe lives on in southern
Emails purporting to be from him to her are appearing on Moe’s Forum, where their affair, though not their names, was first revealed by Lee Scott in a posting headed, “Local politician to become a Dad again . . . Not by wife.” Threads are now running on Moe’s Forum under “Mistress” and “Love Affair,” and those threads can be expected to get longer and longer.
In a Family Way
In a Family Way
We can understand why she is furious with Skip. What was he thinking when he carried on openly with her? Or was he thinking at all? Carrying the name Vernal G. Riffe, in addition to being an advantage, must be a burden. The Riffes are the equivalent of Appalachian royalty. As the sign on Route 23 says, south-central
Skip Riffe posing with Alice Cooper in photo from MySpace blog of Vern Riffe IV.