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Columns

  • 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.

  • Economic freedom generates growth and prosperity

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Addressing the vulnerabilities in the president’s healthcare law

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    It seems as though every day we are presented with a new glitch or problem associated with the President’s health care law that harms the American people.  Whether it be the excessive waste in the implementation of the law, canceled policies, far higher premiums and deductibles, fewer work hours and jobs, or the cybersecurity risks within Healthcare.gov, it could not be clearer that the President’s healthcare law and its execution have been flawed, misguided, and mismanaged.

     

  • 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 rising need for school protection

    By Glen Smith
    Bedford

        The mayhem and deadly violence in schools continues.
        An ABC News report recently pointed out that since 2009, school shootings in the U.S. have averaged sixteen per year, up from five per year in the few years previous. This alarming trend underscores the need for a trained law officer in each school, the single most effective protection available.

  • Medicaid expansion to be point of disagreement

    By Delegate Kathy J. Byron
    22nd District

    Every four years when Virginia changes governors, legislators get to hear a lot of speeches.  First, the outgoing governor begins the General Assembly session with his final State of the Commonwealth Address, as Governor McDonnell did on the session’s opening day.