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Supreme Court affirmed an important right

By Congressman Virgil Goode

The Supreme Court of the United States has issued a landmark decision, ruling for the first time that individual American citizens have the right to keep and bear arms. The ruling came when the Supreme Court struck down the ban on personal ownership of firearms in Washington, D. C. The ban had been in place since it was adopted by the City Council 32 years ago.


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James Dobson’s failed attack on Obama

By Rick Howell

Some think that the religious right doesn’t pack the punch it used to. Evangelicals haven’t voted as a bloc for Republicans the last two election cycles. Jerry Falwell and some lesser figures have died.

But one stalwart of “Christian conservatism” is not only still going, he’s apparently making an effort to be the new king of the hill. James Dobson’s “Focus on the Family” organization is an enormously powerful tool of the right.


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The Supreme Court's decision last week to uphold an individual's right to bear arms should cause those pushing for gun control to refocus their efforts

Those who hold the sanctity of one's right to bear arms can breath a sigh of relief after last week's ruling by the United States Supreme Court affirming that right.

The 5-4 decision struck down a ban of handguns in the District of Columbia. If there was any troubling aspect to the ruling, it was that the vote was so close. One vote made all the difference. That shows how important those justice appointments by the President of the United States are.


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Letters

Shaquille O'Neal will lose his special deputy's badge in Maricopa County because of language he used in a rap video that mocks former teammate Kobe Bryant.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said the Phoenix Suns center's use of racially derogatory word and other foul language left him no choice. Arpaio made Shaq a special deputy in January and promoted him to colonel of his largely ceremonial posse earlier this month.


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Striving for energy independence

By Congressman Bob Goodlatte

As we approach the height of the summer travel season, families must factor in a much higher cost for gasoline. It is becoming evident that many families are being forced to either cancel their summer travel plans or at the very least limit much of their activity to an area closer to home. With every passing day, as gasoline surpasses $4 a gallon, our dangerous dependence on foreign oil grows more and more apparent.


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House passes expanded G. I. Bill

By Congressman Virgil Goode

By an overwhelming, bipartisan margin, the U. S. House of Representatives has passed an expanded G. I. Bill, and this version does not include any tax increases. The bill passed 416-to-12; I voted for the measure.


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Preserving Virginia's historical and natural landmarks

By The Staff

One of my highest priorities in the Senate is to preserve Virginia’s abundant natural, historical, and cultural resources. As we approach the height of the summer travel season, I am pleased to report that we have enjoyed several significant accomplishments.


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What about Virginia tomatoes?

By The Staff

Virginia Cooperative Extension has released information to us about the ongoing tomato outbreak. The information sent from Elaine Lidholm, Director of Communication at the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences and Rob Williams, Assistant Professor and Extension Food Microbiologist, Department of Food Science and Technology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, explains what tomatoes are safe, which ones are not and how to keep your family safe from the salmonellosis outbreak.


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Tough times on this Independence Day

By Rick Howell

This July 4th will be, in many ways, just like past celebrations of Independence Day. Grills will churn out hamburgers and hot dogs. Families will vacation, and those not traveling will take full advantage of a much-needed day off.

That’s the way it should be, as America celebrates its freedom and independence. But everyone knows that this year’s holiday is just a temporary respite from the growing anxiety that most Americans feel about their country.


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Stop raiding the corn crib

By John Barnhart

Last week our sports editor, Mike Forster, dealt with competitive eating contests and touched on the issue of corn-based ethanol. Mike went on to say that doesn't venture deeply into non-sports issues and stuck to the competitive gluttony contests.


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