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Columns

  • Left wing extremists take control

        I wasn’t quite sure what we had elected back in November. Terry McAuliffe had no elected office track record, so it seemed we had elected a pig in a poke. Now, it’s reached the point at which the  poke has been opened and we can see what sort of pig we bought. Virginians have clearly been left holding the bag.

  • Politics and the Olympics are inseparable

    As we enjoy the 2014 Winter Olympics from Sochi, Russia, no one wants to say out loud what we’re all thinking: Will there be a terrorist attack before it’s all done?
        A Muslim separatist group that launched such attacks in December has pledged to strike again during these Olympics. Hopefully, those plans will be thwarted. But few seem to have much confidence in Russian President Vladimir Putin to prevent it.

  • Nothing new about this

  • The state of the union? It’s better!

    How one felt about the president’s State of the Union Address last week is no doubt colored by one’s political point of view. But Barack Obama does in fact have a good argument for why things are getting better in the USA.
        The country has come a good distance down the right road since the financial crisis of 2008.

  • The short end of the stick

        Life is a series of trade-offs.
        You want that second piece of cheesecake?  It'll cost you some extra time at the gym.
        You want to stay up late watching Twilight Zone re-runs?  You'll pay for that by feeling logy at work the next day.
        Regrettably, not all of life's trade-offs are as obvious.  Vaguely-perceived consequences of our decisions, however, can be just as acute in their impact.

  • Democrats impose undemocratic rule

    By Delegate Kathy J. Byron
    22nd District

        Richmond was cold and snowy this week, as it was in much of Virginia.  As the hopes for those who dreamt of a mild winter faded, the General Assembly was busy and – in the Senate – pretty noisy.  For me, though, the week featured two somewhat unusual “honors.”

  • Reason takes a back seat to partisanship in Senate

    Senator Steve Newman
    23rd District

        The first month of the General Assembly has concluded with more frigid temperatures and snowfall.

  • Long arc of government

    Tommy Foster
    Bedford County

        Here in Bedford County we have the heritage to be proud of our nobility in matters of government and history: Jefferson’s summer home, nearby to Red Hill of Patrick Henry and the D-Day Memorial.

  • The state of our opportunity

    For generations of Americans, a sense of opportunity has long defined the promise of our nation.  This opportunity to succeed embodies the American Dream.  However, in recent years, a growing federal government and weak economy has threatened this opportunity.  Just a few days ago, Members of Congress gathered in the House Chamber to hear President Obama deliver his State of the Union address.  While I listened to the speech with hope that I would hear a new, viable plan for job creation and economic growth, I was disheartened that, yet again, I heard many of the same faile

  • The slow motion ObamaCare train wreck

        There seems to be no end of the bad news for ObamaCare.