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Columns

  • My Christmas Story

    By Frank E. Landrey
    Forest

        What does December mean to you?
        December is a month of tremendous depression, tears and sadness. While being a month of multiple parties and loud music, the number of family fights in December tops all other months of the year.

  • Boehner fights back at ‘tea party’

        Just before the House of Representatives left for the holiday season, Speaker John Boehner engineered a bipartisan budget deal that was passed 332 to 94. Astounding, but true.
        The bill, not thought of as perfect by either side, was easily the most impressive act of the largest chamber of the Congress during a time when most people see it as a desperate failure.

  • Railroaded

  • House passes Robert Hurt's legislation to help small businesses

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    With unemployment remaining unacceptably high across the Fifth District, Congress must focus on passing legislation that will spur job creation for Americans. Fifth District Virginians know that the federal government’s role is to promote policies that create opportunities and increase access to capital for our entrepreneurs and small businesses to hire and expand.

     

  • Faithfully executing the laws

    For more than 200 years, the U.S. Constitution has served as the law of the land and the framework on which we have built our nation. The principles enshrined in this document by our Founding Fathers protect Americans’ liberties by creating a limited government that is divided into three separate branches, with each branch having defined functions delegated to it by the Constitution. This “separation of powers” was designed so that no one branch acquires too much power.

  • Poor Sarah Palin; she just can’t help it!

    If there are two things in our nation that deserve each other, it’s gotta be Sarah Palin and Liberty University.
        Apparently, LU doesn’t hold great intellectual standards for the people it invites to speak. Thus, Sarah Palin will always be welcome.
        Ms. Palin (no, wait a minute; that’s Mrs. Palin. “Ms.” would be too feminist, wouldn’t it?) spoke recently at the school’s final “fall convocation.”

  • Mission accomplished

        The day after the Nov. 30 deadline for fixing HealthCare.gov passed, President Barack Obama held a press conference to proclaim victory. The day after that, a Wall Street Journal editorial noted that one thing was missing — a “Mission Accomplished” banner in the background.

  • The Virginia Republican train wreck

    Currently, the Virginia Republican Party is in the sorriest shape it’s been since the late 1960s, when a handful of GOP stalwarts began to build the party into something that could compete with Virginia Democrats.
        In the wake of the Democratic sweep of this November’s elections, and hampered by the right-wing extremists who have just about ruined it, the state GOP is sorely in need of a return to the drawing board.

  • Worst president, ever

        It’s a highly coveted title, one that former President Jimmy Carter has proudly held for more than three decades. Now, however, I think it’s time to award the crown of “Worst President, Ever,” to a new “winner.” Yes, I believe the time has come to grant the honor of “Worst President, Ever” to President Barack Hussein Obama. The office of President of the United States has hit a new, historic, low under Number 44.

  • Giving thanks

    Each year across Virginia and throughout the country, Americans set aside a special day to express gratitude for the many blessings we have received. Just from watching the evening news, it is clear that much of our attention as a nation has been drawn toward the continued debate on health care, federal spending, and the economy. However, we gather together with grateful hearts this year. While we have certainly faced many struggles over the past year as a nation, we have much to be thankful for as Americans.