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Columns

  • Issues lost in the press this year

        If you care about public policy and the great issues facing our democracy, then you have to lament the fact that this crazy election never materialized into a serious discussion of those questions.
        Much of it had to do with Donald Trump’s insane candidacy, his preoccupation with nonsense like “building a wall,” and the media’s insistence that his antics and Hillary’s e-mails were all that was worthy of discussion.

  • Make America great again

        I don’t know, as of this writing, how the election went. I still can’t believe that both parties managed to cough up such horrible candidates and I’m sure that, no matter which of those two wretches won, we are in for an ugly four years. The only hope is that Congress will work as a restraining force, rather than an enabler for the winner. As both were nominated by a democratic process within their respective parties, they are clear indicators of the degree to which American society has degenerated.

  • The Affordable Care Act: more costly than ever

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • An important conversation is underway

    Right now, an important national conversation is underway in our communities. We’ve all seen the reports of deadly attacks on police officers and excessive use of force by some law enforcement officers. These events have strained race relations and heightened tensions as well as further added to feelings of mistrust between communities and law enforcement. The loss of these lives is tragic, and, like you, I want to see an end to this violence.

     

  • High water, severe storm preparation

    By Chris Bechtler
    Manager, Crazy Horse Marina

        As a dammed body of water, Smith Mountain Lake is susceptible to occasional severe flooding.
         Be it from a stalled tropical system or spring thaw, abnormally high water does occur.  Recent history suggests that AEP has a good grasp on managing the flow of the river and thus the water levels.  While there was some flooding upstream during recent major rain events, SML and our neighbors downstream were not severely impacted.

  • Kasich to GOP: ‘Evolve, or die’

        As Americans gets ready to vote, much attention is being paid to what will happen to the beleaguered Republican Party afterward should the result actually be what facts suggest.
        For several weeks now, Donald Trump has looked as though he’s about to lead the national GOP over a cliff. His disgusting candidacy has shamed not only himself and his supporters, but has made America an extreme curiosity in the rest of the world.

  • Why I will vote for Trump

        Next Tuesday is the big day. American voters will go to the polls and cast their ballots. The frightening part of this election is that somebody is going to win.
        Back in 2012, I held my nose and voted for Mitt Romney. I did not like Mitt Romney, but I voted for him as the lesser of two evils. I felt that reelecting Barack Obama amounted to committing national suicide and Obama, in the last four years, has not disappointed me. His foreign policy, such as it is, has done immense damage.

  • Agriculture remains critically important in the commonwealth

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • A lack of competition in Obamacare hurts patients

    It’s a crazy system.” That’s what Bill Clinton had to say about Obamacare recently. It’s not often that we agree on something, but I feel the same way as President Clinton and so do the millions of Americans facing higher health care costs and reduced access as a result of this seriously flawed law.

     

  • Hillary doesn’t deserve the hatred

        In this presidential election year, one party’s nominee is plainly unqualified, immature despite advanced age, bigoted, explosive, and running as a “brilliant” businessman despite several bankruptcies and a history of mountainous debt.
        The other nominee is supremely qualified, with a proven track record of public service going back decades, devoted both to family and people at large, and has made history as the first woman chosen by a major party for president.