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Columns

  • Welcoming the New Year

        With the flip of the calendar and the start of a new year come many opportunities to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing America. The House of Representatives is hitting the ground running in 2017. The 115th Congress will officially be sworn in on January 3, and House leadership has already signaled that lawmakers will immediately roll up their sleeves and get to work on the people’s priorities.

  • DEQ filing supports SMLA position on Mountain Valley Pipeline

    Casey Kroll
    SML Association

        Recently the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) released its comments on the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) that was published the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).  Their full filing can be accessed on the DEQ website, http://www.deq.virginia.gov/
    In their comments DEQ addresses a number of issues including the potential impact on Virginia forests and endangered species.  

  • Chairman’s 2016 summary

    By Steve Wilkerson
    Board of Supervisors Chairman

  • The U.S. shouldn’t pander to Israel

        When the United Nations Security Council recently voted to condemn continued and expanded settlements by the hawkish Israeli government, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu acted as though his country had been hit by nuclear weapons.
        In his mind, any criticism of his government’s insistence that it has a right to build settlements in Palestinian lands, automatically means that the person, or country, is “anti-Israel.”

  • A dangerous world

        Some folks made a big deal of the fact that Donald Trump sent a tweet, late last month promising to enlarge our nuclear force. Trump did this shortly after Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin commented that Russia should expand it’s nuclear force.
        Nobody really knows exactly what Vladimir Vladimirovich meant by his comment. Does he plan to increase the number of warheads he has, or does he have something else in mind.

  • Obama cements his legacy of overreach

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Bringing them home safely
  • May next year be much better

         For many Americans, fond memories we have about 2016 are eclipsed by the horrendous, regrettable result of the most unusual presidential election of modern times.
        Hillary Clinton was undoubtedly the most qualified presidential candidate in many decades. But Donald Trump tapped into something nasty in this year’s electorate. The desire among frustrated whites for “an outsider” fueled his drive.

  • Trump makes excellent cabinet picks

  • The Claus Conspiracy

    By Brandi Mitchell
    Intern

        When you think of Christmas, you think of decorated trees, of holiday festivities, of family and of food. But among these pleasant images, many people often think of a jolly elderly fellow who delivers gifts at midnight to all the children of the world.
        A fellow who goes by the name of Claus. Santa Claus.