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Columns

  • 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.

  • Democrats show how to debate

        Watching the Democratic presidential debate last week was such a contrast from the painful experience of the Republican debates.
        Democrats managed to hold a debate without bashing immigrants, denigrating women, or bowing and scraping at the throne of the NRA.
        Candidates didn’t attack each other. No one was called “stupid,” or “loser,” or even “low energy.” No, we don’t have a Donald Trump in our party, and that makes us proud.

  • Time for action in the South China Sea

        The U. S. Navy has been prepared to carry out freedom of navigation operations (FONOPS) around artificial islands China has built in the South China Sea over the last few years. The ships would sail within 12 nautical miles of these islands.

  • We must return to the Constitution

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    In our U.S. Constitution, our Founders meticulously designed three branches of government so that too much power would not be concentrated in any one branch because they understood that if one branch possessed unchecked authority, that power would ultimately diminish the inherent rights of the individual citizen. 

  • Healthy competition needed in the health care industry

    Competition is at the center of the American economy. It helps promote a healthy and favorable market for consumers. It forces businesses to perform at their highest and best level, working for the consumers, not against them.

     

  • Finding common ground on criminal justice reform

    Finding common ground isn’t always the headline story from Washington. But there are a number of issues where both Republicans and Democrats can agree. One of these is the need for reforms to the criminal justice system.

     

  • Another mass shooting

    By Vicki Gardner
    Executive Director
    Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce
    vgardner@visitsmithmountainlake.com

        My heart is breaking upon news of another mass shooting in this country. Just more than a month ago, I was a shooter’s target. It was a terrifying experience that left me with a long healing process ahead. Since that incident, I’ve had plenty of time to contemplate this complicated social phenomenon and how it can be resolved.