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Columns

  • GA adjourns—without a budget

    By Delegate T. Scott Garrett, M.D.
    23rd House District

        The 2014 session of the General Assembly has adjourned – without a budget.

  • Honoring women of character, courage, and commitment

    From the birth of our nation, women have played an integral role in history. We can all think of a woman who has influenced the course of the United States. Think of Dolley Madison, who saved the painting of George Washington from fire, or Clara Barton, founder of what is now the American Red Cross. The suffragists who fought for the right to vote also come to mind as well as Rosa Parks who took a stand for civil rights, Sandra Day O’Connor, the first female justice on the United States Supreme Court, and Sally Ride, the first American woman in space.

  • Barack Obaloney and the Tsar

        In my first column of the new year, I offered the opinion that Vladimir Putin would not let Ukraine go without a struggle. Events of the past two weeks have proved me right and we may not yet have seen how far Tsar Vladimir I is willing to go to avoid losing what many Russians view as “theirs.”
        The protests that I spoke of in that column steadily grew angrier and Victor Yanukovych became increasingly heavy handed in his efforts, apparently at the Tsar’s urging, to end the protests.

  • Ukraine, Crimea not part of our interests

    Conservatives who don’t like President Obama are having a new field day at his expense in the matter of Russia’s moves in Crimea and the greater situation with Ukraine.
        They have chosen to react as though Russian President Vladimir Putin’s actions are a direct result of what he thinks of Obama. Well, you know, everything bad in the world is Obama’s fault, right?
        Isn’t that what passes for logic these days in the “tea party?”

  • It’s over... Almost

    Senator Steve Newman
    23rd District

        Finally, it is finished…  Well, almost. 
        During the last week of the 2014 General Assembly, the Senate and House acted on the final bills of this session. In all, we considered over 2,500 pieces of legislation.  We also worked hard to reconcile the Commonwealth’s budget, but due to a mandate from the Governor to include an expansion of Obama Care it could not be done in the 60-day session.

  • The importance of passing a budget

    By Delegate Terry Austin
    19th District

        The General Assembly has one obligation in Richmond each year, to pass a budget.
        This year, the House budget is focused and prioritized, allotting $500 million for K-12 education, $20 million for tuition moderation, nearly $50 million for mental health, and $118 million for our hospitals for our free clinics. Without a budget, each of these areas, as well as transportation, public safety, our emergency responders, and teachers, will lose millions of dollars in the interim.

  • Calls picking up in March

    By Ryan Burnette
    Lieutenant/PIO
    Forest Vol. Fire Department

        February was a slower month than January for Forest VFD with 32 calls for service but March is starting off busy with 13 calls in seven days thus far.

  • Action for Congress on executive overreach

    Think back to civics class – one of the first lessons you probably learned was about the three branches of the United States government. The Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches were created as three co-equal branches of our government under the belief that any one branch should not gain too much power. However, it would seem that some of these lessons have been forgotten by this Administration.

     

  • President’s healthcare law continues to harm working families

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    It seems as though every time we turn around,

  • It’s time to pay the piper