• Promoting sustainability

    By Tommy Foster
    Fx2 Farm
    Bedford County

        As to the Board of Supervisors and Planning meeting on Feb. 11 which I attended and spoke briefly, I offer the following written clarification and re-statement:

  • Budget, transportation issues being negotiated

    By Sen. Steve Newman
    23rd District

        With only days remaining until the 2013 session is scheduled to adjourn, the Virginia General Assembly is negotiating the highest profile measures under consideration: the budget and transportation.  As session is winding down, work on all legislation must be done by this Saturday, Feb. 23.

  • General Assembly full of activity as session end draws near

    By Del. Kathy Byron
    22nd House District

        With just one week remaining before the General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn, there has been a lot of activity in Richmond. 

  • Commentary: Still concerns with Zoning Ordinance proposal

    By Lynn C. Barnes
    Former District 2 Planning Commission member

        While the Board of Supervisors has substantially modified its original Zoning Ordinance proposal, some remaining items are of concern and I request that they seriously consider rejecting the following:

  • A long-term gun control strategy

    The gun control debate, renewed in December and January after the brutal child massacres in Newtown, Connecticut, has calmed down a bit, despite having been featured in President Obama’s State of the Union Address.
        This is certainly not a surprise. We live in an age when the 24-hour news cycle constantly turns over new and newer topics. Thus, even the horror of the murder of little children who ought to be safe at school, has faded a bit since it happened.

  • We’re unhappy with both

        Rick Howell’s “Liberal Agenda” last week reminds me of how he and his fellow Bolsheviks crowed when Barack Obama was first elected president in 2008.

  • President Obama continues to kick the can down the road

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Even as our economy continues to suffer from our nation’s crushing debt and as the Congressional Budget Office projected a nearly $900 billion deficit for the next year, President Obama continues to demonstrate that he is not serious about addressing our nation’s pressing debt problem. At over $16 trillion and counting, the national debt is on an unsustainable path that is destroying jobs, slowing economic growth, and harming families, farmers, and small business owners all across Virginia’s 5th District.

  • Forcing action on a budget

    If you failed to do your job, you probably would not receive a paycheck. The same should go for Congress. The House and Senate are required by law to pass a budget plan each year. While the House has passed budgets, it has been nearly four years since the Senate has done their job and acted on this basic responsibility.


  • Crossover hits the General Assembly

        Some of the biggest issues of the session were debated this week, making for one event-filled day after another.  The Governor’s transportation plan was up for a vote on the House floor on Tuesday.  Crossover, the halfway mark of the legislative calendar came that day, too.  And on Thursday, the House and the Senate approved different versions of amendments to the state’s two-year budget.

  • There’s still much to do

    By Sen. Steve Newman
    23rd District

        It is doubtful the 2013 session of the Virginia General Assembly will have a week more eventful than this one.  Amendments to the biennial budget, the continuing debate over transportation funding proposals, and crossover all garnered headlines this week.  With just two weeks remaining until the scheduled end of session on February 23, there’s still much to be done.