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Columns

  • What does drowning look like?

    By Pat Massa
    Chair
    SML Water Safety Council

        As a rookie lifeguard more than 50 years ago, I had all the requisite skills to save a drowning victim’s life but knew little about how to identify a drowning victim.
        During the ‘80s and ‘90s, two of my colleagues did extensive research—viewing videos and interviewing literally thousands of lifeguards—to determine what a person looks like when they are drowning and how a lifeguard or other rescuer can best use that information.

  • Reasonable gun control must be passed

        After the most recent nearly-weekly gun massacre in America, the NRA and the politicians it owns have shown once again how utterly insensitive they all are to the shameful gun violence in our land.
        But this time, House Democrats put the tone-deaf GOP leadership on notice that it will no longer sit quietly while they do nothing.

  • They need to think about what they are doing

    While the news cycle has been focused on “Democrats’” efforts to erode our constitutional rights, with most of the mainstream media wringing their hands over the Donkeys’ lack of success, Syria has been a potential flashpoint for conflict between the United States and Russia.

  • Taking decisive action to protect and defend our homeland

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Countering homegrown terrorism

    It was an act of pure evil. On what should have been a quiet Sunday morning, Americans instead woke to the jarring news of a deadly terrorist attack in Orlando. As a nation, we join the Orlando community and the families of the victims in mourning those who were lost and praying for healing. Sadly, it is the latest in a string of terror attacks here in America – plots that have not been carried out by foreign terrorists but by Americans, against Americans, on American soil. It is a stark reminder that the radical beliefs of terrorist groups, like ISIS, are a threat to our freedoms.

  • Va. Democrats unite in Richmond

        This past weekend, Democrats from across the state gathered in Richmond to nominate the remaining delegates for the national convention in Philadelphia, hear speeches from party elected leaders, and, of course, –  the easy part – bash Donald Trump.
            In the evening, party activists enjoyed a fiery, terrific speech from U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez at the annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner. More about him later...

  • Russia won’t invade the Baltics

        While the Islamic terrorist attack in Orlando, Florida, consumed last week’s news cycle, the Baltic States put themselves on a war footing. These tiny states, and Poland, are seriously afraid that Russia is going to invade them.
        Russia is not going to invade the Baltic States or Poland. These are NATO nations and Russia is not ready for a war of the scale that a war involving NATO would be.

  • A realistic replacement to encourage economic prosperity

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Affordable energy key to American jobs

    Summer is nearly here, and with it comes the heat. When the mercury rises and the air conditioning is on full blast, many Americans are never so thankful for access to affordable energy. Energy prices don’t just affect your personal household budget. The cost of energy also impacts the budget of your favorite restaurant down the street or the business that cuts your paycheck each week.

     

  • I’m your American flag

    By James F. Burns
    Retired professor
    University of Florida.

        I’ve been to the moon.  I’ve been burned.  But more often I’m honored.  I’m your American flag.
        With 13 stars for colonies clamoring for freedom, I was first flown at Fort Stanwix in New York in 1777—and then carried into battle for the first time at Brandywine in Pennsylvania. By war’s end, I was saluted as the emblem of a sovereign nation, new and free.  I’m your American flag.