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Columns

  • Heck of a way to start 2014

    I hope you’re enjoying your new year; just got mine started a few days ago.
        Oh, I was around on Jan. 1, but not where I thought I’d be.
        Once you’re past 50, I suppose, a health crisis of any kind should not be much of a surprise. Still, one prefers not to think about them until presented – rather directly, I’d say – with the evidence.

  • The rising need for school protection

    By Glen Smith
    Bedford

        The mayhem and deadly violence in schools continues.
        An ABC News report recently pointed out that since 2009, school shootings in the U.S. have averaged sixteen per year, up from five per year in the few years previous. This alarming trend underscores the need for a trained law officer in each school, the single most effective protection available.

  • Medicaid expansion to be point of disagreement

    By Delegate Kathy J. Byron
    22nd District

    Every four years when Virginia changes governors, legislators get to hear a lot of speeches.  First, the outgoing governor begins the General Assembly session with his final State of the Commonwealth Address, as Governor McDonnell did on the session’s opening day.

  • Addressing the vulnerabilities in the president’s healthcare law

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    It seems as though every day we are presented with a new glitch or problem associated with the President’s health care law that harms the American people.  Whether it be the excessive waste in the implementation of the law, canceled policies, far higher premiums and deductibles, fewer work hours and jobs, or the cybersecurity risks within Healthcare.gov, it could not be clearer that the President’s healthcare law and its execution have been flawed, misguided, and mismanaged.

     

  • Economic freedom generates growth and prosperity

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Crawling out of the pit

        I’m an optimist of sorts. If somebody were to say to me, “Things can’t get any worse,” I would reply, “Oh yes they can!” This sort of “optimism” defines what I expect from the Obama administration’s behavior this year.
        One ray of light that’s been poking through this cloudy outlook is the U. S. economy. In spite of President Barack Obama’s best efforts to kill it, our economy is slowly crawling out of the pit it fell into six years ago.

  • Reaching out to you

    Each year my office hears from thousands of constituents from the Sixth Congressional District of Virginia. As your representative, an important part of my job is finding various ways to reach out to you, respond to your questions, seek suggestions on legislative activities, and hear your opinions. In 2013, I sent over 59,000 responses to constituents who contacted my office by phone, e-mail, fax, or postal mail. My office also helped constituents with thousands more individual cases.

  • Shameful antics of House Republicans

        Just before the 113th Congress left for its month-long August vacation, House Republicans finally got something done: They voted to sue the president.
        That’s it. And that’s all they’ve got. They’ve accomplished nothing else all year long for the American people.
        The president is to be sued because of executive actions he took to delay some implementations of the new health care law. He has also been cited by Republicans “for doing nothing” on the border crisis.

  • Remembering a great liberal journalist

    2014 is a year of profound anniversaries of events that changed America for the better during the Civil Rights movement.
        It's the 50th anniversary of “Freedom Summer” in Mississippi, a brave and successful effort where young people from across the nation descended upon a primitive and dangerous place to help black residents achieve their right to vote.
        Their work did not end without tragedy, as three civil rights workers were murdered by local rednecks.

  • Promoting STEM education

    Whether it’s a computer at the office, streaming movies at home, or a navigation system in the car, technology plays a major role in many of our lives these days. The demand for students educated in engineering and technology continues to rise in the United States, but part of the challenge is how to engage students in these subjects and further their understanding of these valuable skills.