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Columns

  • Let’s not fall into a Syrian sinkhole

        There is no sadder place on Earth today than Syria. It is not easy to correctly describe the suffering that has gone on for several years in that country.
        A civil war against the autocratic regime of President Bashir Assad has produced hundreds of thousands of deaths, and has forced millions to leave their homes.
        Much of the world is mystified over what to do about it. It’s also difficult to accept what may well be the truth about it: There’s little that any country can realistically do.

  • It’s too late for no-fly zones

        As I’ve mentioned before, President Barack Obama’s conduct of foreign policy gives me grave concern because I believe he is incompetent. His unwillingness to spend money on necessary defense projects along with his willingness to repeatedly reduce the size of the Army is another cause for grave concern.

  • New leadership provides a renewed opportunity

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • America must lead on the world stage

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • eto of troops must not stand

    They protect and defend – spending months away from home and loved ones, risking their lives for the cause of freedom. The sacrifice of the U.S. Armed Forces is great, and these men and women in uniform know all too well the danger they face. They know it’s not a game, and shouldn’t be treated as one. Ensuring our military has the resources they need to operate effectively and protect the American people is nothing to be delayed or held hostage by one signature.

     

  • County should adopt TNR

    By Diane Novak
    Founder & Past President
    Barn Cat Buddies, Inc.

        Thank you for the wonderful article on feral cats last week. 
        Trap Neuter Return or T.N.R has been the subject of many heated discussions in the last several years. To understand the subject more clearly we need to understand how the feral cat phenomenon began.

  • Working organized labor’s political program

        Thus ends another political campaign, and we can only hope that the real winners were Virginia’s working families and the deserving poor who so need Medicaid expansion.
        For my part, it was a pleasure to again work with the Virginia AFL-CIO’s political campaign program, designated by year, of course, as “Labor 2015.”

  • A more muscular foreign policy?

        Recent news stories are making me wonder if President Barack Obama is finally starting to use some sense when it comes to foreign policy. I’ve entertained that thought before only to realize that I was wrong.
        This president’s foreign policy has ranged from incoherent to incompetent.

  • Partisan committee harangues Hillary Clinton

        In 1983, President Ronald Reagan and the rest of the country was stunned by the terrorist bomb that killed 300 U.S. Marines in Beirut, Lebanon.
        Although Republicans had long preached about not withdrawing from foreign entanglements – calling it “cut and run” – that’s precisely what Reagan did next. He pulled all U.S. troops out.

  • Barack the Magnificent can do no wrong

            Last week I read about naval exercises our Navy conducted with India and Japan in the Bay of Bengal.  This was a good idea. Both Japan an India have substantial, modern navies. They are much smaller than ours, and neither of them have anything that matches our Nimitz class aircraft carriers. However, they are competent navies and Japan, in particular has a long navy tradition.