Today's News

  • We must listen to the American people on health care reform

    This summer Democratic leaders in Congress introduced H.R. 3200, the “America’s Affordable Health Choices Act”, which sets the tone for a Washington takeover of the health care system —one defined by federal regulation, mandates, a myriad of new big government programs, and a significant increase in federal spending and debt. 

  • Economy can't afford current, expensive health care system

    Over the past several months, my staff and I have met with health care providers, community leaders, and concerned citizens from across Virginia about the need to reform our nation’s health care system. In addition, my office has received and responded to more than 40,000 e-mails, letters and phone calls from Virginians concerning the health care debate.


  • Race and opposition to Obama

        The U.S. Secret Service is investigating a recent posting on the Facebook Web site that posed the following question: “Should President Obama be killed?”

        The choices for answers in this “poll” were telling: yes, no, maybe and “if he takes my health care.” According to news reports, more than 700 people responded before the posting was pulled. I’m not sure I want to know how many people voted “yes.”

  • Where you start makes a difference

        A story on WorldNetDaily, an on-line news site, caught my eye early last week. The title was “Why can’t Christians unite to change America’s ways?”

        The story noted that there are people who claim to be Christians working as activists for both conservative and leftist causes. It contained the results of a poll conducted this year by Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron in partnership with Public Religion Research. The poll revealed some significant differences.

  • From felon to candidate

    William H. “Will” Smith, of Buchanan, has an unusual background for a person seeking elective office. Back in 1997 he pleaded no contest to two felony charges of procuring prostitution.

        According to a Roanoke Times article from April 19, 1997, Roanoke City Police were investigating a business called Shooters 44, which they believed was a front for prostitution. A pair of undercover police officers checked the place out. The business advertised lingerie modeling sessions and they watched one.

  • Lady Cav volleyballers douse Red Devils

    The Jefferson Forest netters needed to right their ship.  Who better to do so than against the defending Seminole champs? 

    The Lady Cavs dominated Rustburg last Thursday evening, sweeping the Red Devilettes 25-13, 25-13, 25-15 on the JF home court.

  • Old school rude: sports commentary

      Lately, I’ve been reading a number of analyses and opinions sparked by a few incidents over the past few weeks.

    Joe Wilson, Kanye West and Serena Williams have indulged in boorish behavior.

  • Bees sweep four-team meet

    With a last minute, surprise visit from the dominating Brookville Bees, the Liberty Cross Country team found that they needed to kick it into high gear. 

  • Unbeaten Minutemen crush Dogs

    Big, breaking plays and stalwart defense overcame sloppy ball-handling as Liberty manhandled Martinsville, 34-6.

  • Eagles' new streak stands at 1

    In ending its 28-game streak of futility, Staunton River showed that it has speed and skill and size and agility.