• Time to get to work

        The 2015 session of the Virginia General Assembly began last week.  If you feel as though the last session never ended, you’re not alone.  Last year’s lengthy budget impasse led to a long special session of the 2014 General Assembly, which formally ended a few minutes before the new session began.

  • The mysteries of Islamic ‘jihad’

    I don’t understand a religion that doesn’t have a sense of humor.
        On a broader scale, I don’t understand people, religious or not, who can’t laugh at themselves and the many absurdities of life. At least two out of the three major religions in our world value humor.
        Jews, in particular, have always had a tradition of attempting to ease their long suffering with laughter. Why did the Jews wander in the desert for 40 years? Because one of them dropped a quarter!

  • His absence was noticed

        Leaders from 40 countries came to Paris on Jan. 11 to lead a million Parisians in a march to protest the murder of Charlie Hebdo journalists the previous week. German Chancellor Angela Merkel came to Paris as did Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was there as was Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, president of Mali, a Muslim majority country in North-Western Africa. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was also there and he and Keita shook hands.

  • Advancing solutions for a stronger America

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Starting with jobs

    The House of Representatives kicked off the 114th Congress this week, eager to work with the new majority in the Senate and take action on several jobs bills. The House is focused on solutions to the problems faced by the American people – solutions that spur job creation and lay the groundwork for a stronger, more vibrant economy. That focus was reinforced by the legislation approved this week.

  • Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney squaring off

    As both political parties maneuver for the presidential campaign of 2016, all the newer names are so far eclipsed by some others that are very familiar.
        It’s not Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, or even Elizabeth Warren who’s grabbing all the oxygen. It’s a Clinton, another Bush, and yes, even....Mitt Romney!
        The party’s 2012 nominee shook the political landscape last week when he backed off his long insistence that he had no further interest in running, and said, well, he still does!

  • A peaceful solution for Ukraine

        People like to talk about a new year as if it were a clean slate. It isn’t. Stuff from the old year always carries over into the new. Sometimes it’s the fruit, or consequences, of what we did in the old year. Often, it’s unfinished business.

  • Herding Cats

    By Patrick Ellis

        The level of discourse among town council candidates generated by the last campaign season was heartening.  This healthy competition is good for the political process, the sorting of community concerns and ultimately the running of local government.  Now the fun begins … we get to hold the winners accountable for what they said and what they promised!

  • Christian school's lawsuit is hypocritical

    Did you hear the joke about the Christian school that – rather than take the Lord's advice and turn the other cheek when it felt abused – actually hired lawyers and went to court instead?
        Sadly, in Lynchburg, it's not a joke at all.

  • In the spirit of generosity

        We are now at the start of a brand new year, with a calendar full of days that haven’t happened yet. I’m sure we will all have some good days, some bad days and some neither-nor days as those days move from future unknown to present reality to history. About the only things we can be sure of is that we will all have to pay our taxes, and our local undertakers will not be lacking for customers.