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Columns

  • CIA torture policy shamed our nation

    As a young president in 1961, John F. Kennedy was reluctant to approve what history would later call the “Bay of Pigs” invasion of Cuba.
        Supporting a Cuban exile invasion of the island to rid America of what warmongers and Cold Warriors considered a communist pest was justified by CIA planners, who had put the scheme together in the months before Kennedy became president.

  • A brewery? Really?

    By Katie Baltzelle
    Body Camp

        I would first like to thank and applaud the gentleman who wrote the “A Grave Injustice” article a few weeks ago regarding the closing of our schools in Bedford County, and the disheartening and irresponsible work of our Superintendent, Doug Schuch, to destroy our school system since 2009.

  • CURB takes issue with FERC chairman’s comments

    By Bill Brush
    Founder and President, CURB

        Cut Unnecessary Regulatory Burden, Inc. (CURB) was formed as a Virginia not-for-profit corporation in April 2011 to educate our Community on the importance of State property rights.   On December the 8th the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Cheryl A. LaFleur responded to a Congressional inquiry from Congressman Robert Hurt regarding the implementation of the Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) for Smith Mountain Lake, VA.

  • Comparing apples and doggie dumplings

        It’s always funny when Rick Howell in his Liberal Agenda accuses conservatives of something, and immediately proceeds, in the same column, to do exactly what he’s accused conservatives of doing. He did that last week when he attempted to defend President Obama’s executive order on immigration by comparing it to President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation after writing “Extremism produces its own logic.”  He inadvertently proved his own point.

  • Racism and the criminal justice system

    In the wake of the two latest instances of police killings of unarmed African-American men, we find ourselves in yet another conversation about racism and our system of criminal justice.
        As if the Michael Brown situation in St. Louis wasn’t questionable enough, it’s the lack of indictment of the officer who blatantly killed 43-year-old Eric Garner, that has again sparked outrage.

  • Reform the tax code to stimulate growth, create jobs, and raise wages

    By Robert Hurt

    As I travel across Virginia's Fifth District, I often hear from my constituents about how unnecessary bureaucratic red tape is hindering job growth and making life more difficult for working Virginians. Our nation’s outdated and complicated tax code is a perfect example of the federal government standing in the way of strengthening our economy for our nation’s families and small businesses.

     

     

  • Justice was done

        It’s true that black people in America have a long history of being exploited. They were originally brought to America to provide slave labor on tobacco plantations in Virginia. Later this expanded to the cotton plantations in the deep South after Eli Whitney made improvements to the cotton gin that made it work with the variety of cotton that would grow in inland areas.

  • Remember, we are all immigrants

        President Obama’s recent actions on protecting some five million illegal immigrants has sparked much acknowledgment across the country that the immigration problem needs a compassionate solution.
        Among conservatives, however, the reaction has been predictably hysterical. The president is “a dictator.” He’s “destroying America.” He has laid waste to nothing less than “the American way of life.”

  • Hearing finds more Secret Service reforms needed

    At a recent House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing, Acting Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy called the security lapses that allowed an armed man to jump the fence and enter the White House “devastating.” That is a sentiment I agree with wholeheartedly.

     

  • Unilateral, unconstitutional immigration actions must be stopped

    Reading the Constitution isn’t something many Americans do on a daily basis. However, in light of President Obama’s announcement that he will act unilaterally to change our immigration laws and shield five million unlawful immigrants from immigration enforcement, perhaps we should take a look at our founding document for a refresher. Article 1 Section 1 of the Constitution states that “All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States.” The Congress, not the President, has the power to legislate.