Today's News

  • Taking our time and listening to constituents has paid off

    Last week, a new version of health care reform legislation was unveiled in the U.S. House. I was pleased to see major changes in the bill that move us in the right direction. Though I was unsatisfied with the original bill, I’ve been working hard for reforms that I can support, because doing nothing would mean that premiums would double over the next decade for the middle class and small business owners. I argued that we could reduce skyrocketing premiums, bring the uninsured into the system, and reduce the federal deficit through an emphasis on prevention and increasing competition.

  • Common-sense transparency measures would bring needed reform to legislative process

    During the Presidential election campaign then Senator Obama called for transparency in the legislative process, even promising that health care reform negotiations would be “televised on C-SPAN, so that people can see who is making arguments on behalf of their constituents and who are making arguments on behalf of the drug companies or the insurance companies.”

  • Steps to healthy holidays

        The holiday season is upon us, starting with last month’s Halloween candy-consuming event to the traditional New Year’s feast.  If you find yourself indulging in tasty, rich holiday fare, don’t dispair! Steps to Healthy Holidays will guide you in maintaining healthy habits.   During the coming weeks, this eight-article series will be discussing in more detail the following topics in an effort to keep you physically and emotionally healthy.

  • Enduring a health care ordeal

        When this column didn’t appear a few weeks ago many people were mystified and some actually made inquiries. Wow….It appears I might have a few fans in my hometown.

  • Barack Obama retirement watch

        I voted yesterday, as I hope you did.

        Actually, I wrote the above statement considering the fact that our paper comes out the day after election day. In reality, with deadlines in mind, I’m writing this before I’ve actually had a chance to go to my polling place and cast my ballot for Bob McDonnell, Bill Bolling and Ken Cuccinelli. I’m assuming that I don’t get run over by a big truck, shot by an irate “Democrat,” fall off a ladder or croak from natural causes before I get there.

  • Runnin' with the big bad Wolves

    Great music?  Check.

    Some of the best runners in the state from over 20 high schools?  Check.

  • JF tops 'Nettes

    Is Jefferson Forest becoming to volleyball what Amherst is to football?

  • Last-minute Men

    In a game that more than lived up to its hype, Liberty edged Jefferson Forest, 28-21, in a come-from-behind effort that will live in Minutemen lore for a long time.

  • Eagles entertain Alleghany with much on line

      Staunton River will host Alleghany this Friday night, with playoff implications for both teams.

    Staunton River will host Alleghany this Friday night, with playoff implications for both teams.

  • Commentary: All in the family

      It seems as though everyone in the Redskins “family” is lining up to take their licks at the bunch that currently wears the Burgundy and Gold.