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Columns

  • Putting patients first

    Should patients or big government mandates come first? That’s the question Congress recently asked President Obama by sending a repeal of his signature health care law to his desk.

     

  • Losing concealed carry reciprocity

    By Joel Hoeffner
    Minot, ND

        I am Active Duty Military stationed in Minot, ND. I own a home and property in Bedford,VA and will return there after I retire from the military.

  • Watch out! Va. Republicans in session!!

        This week marks the opening of that annual frustrating and often mind-boggling political exercise known as the Virginia General Assembly.
        Yes, as you read this, Richmond is filled with Republicans, most of them doctrinaire conservatives (and many more extreme than that) set to pass – Lord help us! - new laws for our beloved home, the Commonwealth of Virginia.

  • The descent into chaos

        Last week I mentioned that there seems to be a double standard when it comes to religion in the public school classroom. I noted the same left-wingers who defended a teacher who had students copy the Muslim statement of faith as part of a geography assignment, would have been after that teacher’s head if she had had her students copy a Christian text, such as the Lord’s Prayer.

  • The descent into chaos

        Last week I mentioned that there seems to be a double standard when it comes to religion in the public school classroom. I noted the same left-wingers who defended a teacher who had students copy the Muslim statement of faith as part of a geography assignment, would have been after that teacher’s head if she had had her students copy a Christian text, such as the Lord’s Prayer.

  • New year, new opportunities

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    As 2015 comes to a close, so too does the first-session of the 114th Congress, and I believe that we have much to look forward to as we embark upon a new year.

  • New year, new opportunities

    A new year brings new opportunities for our country. It’s a time to refocus and, with a fresh perspective, look ahead at all that must be accomplished. As we ring in 2016, Congress has much to do to address the priorities of the American people.

     

  • Christians and guns: An unholy mix?

        Recently, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring decided that our state wouldn’t recognize conceal carry permits from other states. Those states, he said, might be more lenient in what kind of people they let carry firearms.
        Republican Sen. Bill Carrico got so fired up by Herring’s ruling that he said he’d file legislation to take away Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s armed security detail. It was a snarky reaction, to be sure.

  • The ACLU would have a fit

        It was interesting to see Rick Howell close out the year with a defense of a world geography lesson that included students copying the Muslim statement of faith. This happened last month in River Heads High School in Augusta County. It’s interesting because, if a public school teacher were to have her students copy a passage from the Bible, such as the Lord’s Prayer, Mr. Howell would howl about separation of church and state. The ACLU would have a fit, threaten a lawsuit and probably demand the teacher’s head on a platter.

  • Fear of Islam is not Christian

        It was a simple lesson in a social studies class in a public high school of Augusta County, Virginia. Yet, a few hysterical parents responded with fear and hatred to get the county schools shut down.
        Ignorance can go a long way when accompanied by two other ingredients: fear and religious fanaticism. All were at work in the recent school closure at River Heads High School, over a lesson that involved the Arabic writing tool of calligraphy.