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Columns

  • Is it reasonable?

      
        It’s budget time again and all our local governing bodies are about to begin wrestling with the budget bear. It can be a tough time because they often have to begin working before they know what the General Assembly is going to do to them.

  • Obama’s right: The union is strong

    It’s always a pleasure to watch and listen to this particular president give a major speech or formal address.
        Barack Obama’s soaring rhetorical abilities can’t be matched by anyone else in politics today. His ability to speak reflects what even his critics know to be his deep intellect.

  • What is a tax?

     By David Lowry
    Moneta

        Over the years Supervisor Steve Arrington has been a strong advocate for maintaining our low property tax rate here in Bedford County and has actively acted on his beliefs, even to the point of participating in the censure of his fellow Republican supervisors who voted for a tax increase.

  • There’s a lot to consider this session

    By Sen. Steve Newman
    23rd District

    This week marked the first full week of the 2015 General Assembly session, with bills being debated in committees and on the floor of the Senate.   Short sessions, like the one this year, tend to move a little more briskly in order to handle the volume of legislation in just  45 days.   And, there’s a lot of legislation to consider.

  • Session moving forward on legislation

    By Delegate Terry Austin
    19th District

        We’ve finished our first full week of the 2015 General Assembly session and I’m happy to report that things are quickly progressing forward.  Our committees and subcommittees are meeting to consider thousands of pieces of legislation, and I speak with constituents daily as they stop by my office and/or call me to share their views. 

  • Removing bureaucracy from the education equation

    Why does federal bureaucracy need a bigger role in higher education? This is the question many of us are asking as the Obama Administration continues to propose policies that further government intrusion into our education system. Ensuring the opportunity for a quality education is important to America’s future.

  • In State of the Union, the President misses an opportunity for bipartisan solutions

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

     

    Last Tuesday, the President came to the Capitol to speak to Congress and the American people about his priorities for our nation. While I appreciate the President’s recognition in Tuesday’s address that much more needs to be done to create jobs and opportunities for hardworking families, I have serious concerns with much of his approach for achieving these goals.

     

  • His absence was noticed

        Leaders from 40 countries came to Paris on Jan. 11 to lead a million Parisians in a march to protest the murder of Charlie Hebdo journalists the previous week. German Chancellor Angela Merkel came to Paris as did Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was there as was Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, president of Mali, a Muslim majority country in North-Western Africa. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was also there and he and Keita shook hands.

  • The mysteries of Islamic ‘jihad’

    I don’t understand a religion that doesn’t have a sense of humor.
        On a broader scale, I don’t understand people, religious or not, who can’t laugh at themselves and the many absurdities of life. At least two out of the three major religions in our world value humor.
        Jews, in particular, have always had a tradition of attempting to ease their long suffering with laughter. Why did the Jews wander in the desert for 40 years? Because one of them dropped a quarter!

  • Time to get to work

        The 2015 session of the Virginia General Assembly began last week.  If you feel as though the last session never ended, you’re not alone.  Last year’s lengthy budget impasse led to a long special session of the 2014 General Assembly, which formally ended a few minutes before the new session began.