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Columns

  • Conservative insanity over health care

        When the Affordable Care Act was first passed, most conservatives acted as though Karl Marx had risen from the grave, seized power in Washington, D.C., and locked us all in communist chains.
        The kindest thing they said about it was that it was “government-run,” health care, which it certainly was not. But they always trot out that mindless phrase any time insurance companies lose the slightest ability to control whether you and I receive affordable care.

  • ‘Luck of the Irish’….or success planning?

    By Vicki Gardner,
    Executive Director
    Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce

        We have options.
        St. Patrick’s Day is here once again and with it the term, ‘Luck of the Irish”. 

  • The Scots-Irish

    By James F. Burns

        Call them the other Irish—the invisible Irish, the Scots-Irish.  They’re more associated with corn, coal, and moonshine than green beer.  They’re the offspring of Scots whom King James transplanted to northern Ireland at the same time he was colonizing Jamestown in Virginia and producing the King James Version of the Bible in the early 1600s.

  • Learning to drive

    By Pernie Forehand
    Bedford

  • A CIA political assassination?

        The leaks of intercepted phone calls between former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and Russia’s ambassador to the United States have heightened my concern about my country’s future.

  • What a sad and spectacular failure

        One month in, and it’s clear that we have a reckless, angry, petulant, narcissistic, ignorant, Twitter freak of a president.
        He has managed to achieve the lowest approval rating in history for the first month of a new presidency: a pathetic 38 percent. A full 56 percent disapprove.

  • Budget places emphasis on actual needs

    By Senator Steve Newman

        The 2017 General Assembly Session concluded on time and in an atmosphere of optimism.   Cooler heads prevailed during what could have become a very contentious session. The days were long with little time for anything but attending session on the floor of the Senate, committee meetings and budget conferee negotiations.

  • Budget receives near unanimous support

    By Delegate Terry Austin

        During the early weeks of this year’s General Assembly session, I reported to you that both chambers were pursuing an aggressive, demanding schedule, addressing an unusually wide range of legislative issues.  And now it seems that those earlier efforts are paying off, because we have completed nearly all of our work as we enter the final week of the session.

  • Judiciary Committee agenda promotes a more competitive and free America

    Earlier this year, I was honored to begin my third term as Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. The Judiciary Committee is one of the most active in Congress and plays a particularly critical role in advancing pro-growth policies and protecting the individual liberties of hardworking Americans. Under my leadership in the 115th Congress, the Committee will continue to advance an agenda focused on making America more competitive and free.

     

     

  • Thoughts from my recent visit with members of the German Bundestag

    By Congressman Tom Garrett

    The past election cycle thrust refugee and immigration issues into the spotlight more so than any time in recent years. A very charged and polarized political climate has left little room for compromise on either side of the aisle and I have been working extremely hard to balance international humanitarian issues with national security and the needs of the United States.