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Columns

  • Our democracy’s death will be our own fault

        There has been a great deal of hyperventilating in British tabloids about Russia and Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin. To see some of their stuff on the Internet, you would think World War III was about to start. Recently I was on a Trump vs Clinton Facebook debate and one person posted an article from one of these publications, I think it was the Dailey Mail, that had him convinced Russia is massing for an attack.

  • Reining in the CFPB’s unchecked authority

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • anctuary cities ignore the law

    We are a nation of laws. That principle was important to our Founders, and it is rightfully at the very core of our government. In fact, as I travel the Sixth Congressional District, folks continually tell me about the importance of following the rule of law as the best way to govern our country. Too often they have seen laws ignored with little or no consequences for those who break them, and want this to change.

     

  • 10 things you can do to change this Nation

    By the Rev. Troy Keaton
    EastLake Community Church
    Moneta

        Recently I spoke to a family counselor who told me they are counseling people over the fear and anxiety produced by this election cycle. 

  • Jerry Falwell Jr.’s stunning hypocrisy

        Jerry Falwell Jr.’s continued support for the piggish, morally-challenged Donald Trump has riled even his own students, upset that his embrace of such as obviously awful man compromises the integrity of their school.
        Not long after many Republicans began to abandon Trump in droves, Falwell made remarks to the Lynchburg newspaper, revealing that he was far more concerned about who leaked the damaging tape than what was on it.

  • Hillary raises Kaine
  • Thoughts from the Intern

    By Brandi Mitchell

        There are a myriad of stereotypes people associate with being 17. Seventeen year-olds work part time jobs, go to high school football games, hang out with their friends and dress up for spirit week. My name is Brandi Mitchell, I am 17 years old, and I embody all of these conventional ideas about being young and in high school. I work at the local Forest ice cream shop, Monkee Joes, and I cheer on the Cavalier football team until I lose my voice every Friday, and there is no question I dress up for spirit week.

  • Our separation of powers must be respected

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Enshrined our United States Constitution, our Founders meticulously designed three branches of government so that too much power would not be concentrated in any one branch. This is because they understood that if one branch were to possess unchecked authority, that power would ultimately diminish the inherent rights of the individual citizen. 

  • Protecting American jobs

    When you have an expensive purchase looming or a big bill coming due, you like a little advance notice, right? The same goes for America’s job creators. Businesses both large and small need time to comply with new federal regulations that mean added costs to their bottom line. That’s one reason why the Department of Labor’s costly new overtime rule is particularly troubling.

     

  • Three current issues

    By Pernie Hatcher Forehand
    Bedford

        1.  I will sure miss that tree in front of Tharp’s.  Will they replant?  Will it receive a decent burial?

        2.  Voting is so unique and precious, giving ineffable feelings of hope and connection to a well-grounded society and “my opinion matters too.”  Any entity hacking into U.S. state voting tallies is, in my opinion, the most outrageous and unethical attack on my American dreams since 9/11.