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2008 General Assembly session extended

By Delegate Kathy Byron

The General Assembly has already met for 60 days this year, the period mandated by the Constitution of Virginia.

Of the nearly 2,400 bills filed by legislators, around 900 were approved and forwarded to Governor Kaine for his consideration. One significant bill, Virginia’s 2008-2010 Biennial Budget, has yet to pass. Because of this, the General Assembly has extended its 2008 session, giving negotiators on behalf of the House and Senate more time to reach an agreement.


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Getting us stimulated

By Tom Wilmoth

I don't know if you are as excited as we are at my house about the government giving us some of our money back through the soon-to-come stimulus payments.

After all, it is our money. And the federal government has proven it has little sense in spending it wisely. But that's a thought for another time.

Still, my wife and I have each been secretly planning how to spend it. She wants a deck and French doors; I want a vacation at the beach. That's why I talked to someone this week about coming to give an estimate for the new appendage to our home.


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Being Welsh on St. Patrick's Day

By Rick Howell

So I’m in the doctor’s office the other day (I’m sorry, conservativeseeit wasn’t serious), and the nurse is wearing a St. Patrick’s Day shirt already, something decorated in those green shamrock things.

“It’s just a bit early for that, isn’t it?,” I asked.

“Oh, no,” she said. “We've only got one day for this holiday, so I wanted to wear my shirt all I could.”


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Primary results were wonderful

By John Barnhart

I was pleased with the results of the "Democratic" primaries in Ohio and Texas. This does not mean that I've suddenly become a Hillary Clinton fan. No one has yet convinced me that she would not be a threat to American democracy. I was pleased because her victories mean that the race will continue, neck and neck, into the summer. It will probably get uglier as it progresses and it could split the "Democratic" Party. This would be good.


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Ruling puts the spotlight on the spread of sludge

The use of biosolids hit the national spotlight this week as a federal judge took the Agricultural Department to task for problems caused by the use of sludge by two Georgia farmers.

According to an article by the Associated Press, the judge ordered the department to compensate a farmer who lost the use of his cattle and his land because of using biosolids. This ruling is likely to further call into question the use of the product and the government's stamp of approval on it.


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A place of worship

edford County officials have now gone on record that the county has no intent to regulate the subject matter of what its citizens seek to do when they exercise their constitutional right to assemble.

That’s admirable, but it really wasn’t ever the issue that brought national attention to the county after county officials told the Cowboy Church in Moneta more than a year ago that it had to stop worshiping in a barn.

At the heart of that issue was the use of facilities and the zoning regulations surrounding it.


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'Conservatism' can't decline

By John Barnhart

It’s not possible for “conservatism” to decline. That’s because there is no such thing as “conservatism.”


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There is no such thing as "conservatism"

By John Barnhart

It?s not possible for ?conservatism? to decline. That?s because there is no such thing as ?conservatism.?

Conservatives don?t comprise a monolithic movement. At the most, we can be roughly categorized into three groupings: social conservatives, defense hawks and fiscal/business conservatives. These are rough categories because they don?t have distinct edg It’s not possible for “conservatism” to decline. That’s because there is no such thing as “conservatism.”


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There is no such thing as 'Conservatism'

By John Barnhart

It’s not possible for “conservatism” to decline. That’s because there is no such thing as “conservatism.”


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'Conservatism' can't decline

By John Barnhart

It’s not possible for “conservatism” to decline. That’s because there is no such thing as “conservatism.”


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