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Columns

  • Waste, fraud and abuse...really?

    I have tremendous respect for the Virginia General Assembly, given that it is the oldest deliberative body in the history of the world, and that I am a native Virginian.
        Having said that, it is almost always a disappointment for those who hold a progressive political philosophy. That’s because of its resemblance to the Congress in Washington.

  • Forest Fire Department to hold first fundraiser of the year

        January was a very busy month for Forest Vol. Fire Department.
        The department answered 54 calls for service during the month with an average of an hour spent on each call. The new officers have been installed and are hard at work on their various assignments.

  • Crossover week arrives

    Senator Steve Newman
    23rd District

        This week will be the most intense week here at the Capitol. The week is called “Crossover” or when all of the Senate bills must crossover to the House of Delegates before Wednesday. Inside the Capitol, Senate committees and the full Senate are reviewing many of the most important and controversial bills of this Session.

  • Pace picks up at the GA

        It was, finally, a snow-free week in Richmond.  But since it was the week before crossover, the halfway mark of the legislative session, the General Assembly was considering bills at a quickened pace.

  • Sheriff Brown pioneer in combatting child sexual exploitation

    By Grier Weeks
    Executive Director
    National Association to Protect Children
    Knoxville, TN

        Tommy Foster writes so soaringly about Virginia’s proud tradition of constitutional government he almost makes me wish my kin had never taken the Great Wagon Road out of Augusta County to settle in Carolina back before the war (“Long Arc of Government,” Feb. 5). But when Mr. Foster points blame at Virginia’s greatest sheriff, Mike Brown, his political science essay crashes to the ground.

  • Who is responsible?

    By Jerald Lowry
    Bedford

        What is the problem with the Town of Bedford and the County of Bedford Parks and Recreation?
        I have been an umpire, official, and coach for over 30 years here in the Town and County of Bedford.  Times have changed but there are still policies, procedures, disciplinary actions, and accountability for all who are involved with the Parks and Recreation program.

  • These are the facts

    By Gary P. Hostutler
    District 4
    Bedford County School Board

        This letter is written as a representative of District 4 on the Bedford County School Board, not as chairman.

  • Troubling times

    Here we go again.
        The Obama Administration continues to rewrite the law of the land, declaring Monday that most employers won’t be fined if they don’t offer workers health insurance.
        And don’t forget, it was the administration's  law that in the coming year keeps changing. The one the president had to offer goodies to some members of Congress to get their votes to pass it. The law Congress had to pass in order to find out what was in it. The law that had a failed launch and an even worse aftertaste.

  • Reversing the diminishing workforce

    The reality of our frustrating jobs outlook in the United States must be addressed. The most recent monthly jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that while the unemployment rate decreased to 6.7 percent in December, only 74,000 people found jobs and labor force participation fell once again. Last month, 347,000 Americans dropped out of the workforce, driving the Labor Force Participation Rate – a measure of those who are employed or unemployed and actively looking for work – to 62.8 percent. This represents its lowest level since the Carter Administration in 1978.

  • The winter yields a little entertainment