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Columns

  • A stunning admission on ‘voter ID’ laws

        I was happy to vote this week in the Roanoke City Council and mayoral elections, but not without first showing my “voter ID” driver’s license.
        You know how it is, right? There’s so much “voter fraud” these days. We can be thankful that conservative Republicans are so deeply concerned about the “sanctity” of voting that they’re passing these laws in so many states now.

  • Protecting the Fourth Amendment in the digital age

    A lot has changed since 1986. Mail was sent with postage stamp, a search engine was called a library, “tweets” were the sounds made by birds, and “clouds” were found only in the sky. In 1986, computer storage was finite and expensive. It was unfathomable to think that something like email would allow users to send and receive electronic communications around the globe for free, much less store vast amounts of your information.

     

  • Supporting our small businesses is vital

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Jesus outranks the pope

        It seems, from reading Rick Howell’s Liberal Agenda last week, that Pope Francis is some sort of patron saint for left-wingers. Of course, Mr. Howell claims to be Roman Catholic, so one would expect him to think well of the leader of his church.

  • A reversal

        I’m old enough to remember when there were organizations that smuggled Bibles into the Soviet Union.
        The Communist Party was officially atheist. As it was the only political party allowed, that meant the government was officially atheist. All but a tiny number of churches were closed and a number were dynamited. The Moscow Stretenskiy Monastery, for example, once had four churches. Now it has only one. Three of them were dynamited and the fourth was used as a barracks for the Soviet secret police.

  • Pope Francis again offers new hope

        We are living in a time when there’s a remarkable presence in the world, a person doing more than anyone else to speak up for peace, love, mercy, and reconciliation.
        The world is always a troubled place, and that’s because too many people pursue their dreams of greed and avarice. Good and evil are always in a battle on this planet, but which one is which is not as easy to discern as some people think.

  • The United States of Shame?

        I recently heard a fellow named Tim Henderson, who directs Blue Ridge Fellows, a Christian leadership development program, make an interesting statement. Henderson spent 20 years working with Campus Crusade for Christ.

  • Military base in Okinawa should close

        Nothing illustrates better the need to close many U.S. military bases around the world than the decades-long controversy over the American naval base in Okinawa, Japan.
        Earlier this month, a 24-year-old American sailor was indicted for the alleged rape of a Japanese tourist, who was attacked while unconscious in a hotel room.

  • The pains of tax season call for a new tax code

    There are very few certainties in life. One of those, however, is that Tax Day comes around each year. By the time the April 18th deadline passes to submit 2015 tax returns, millions of Americans will have experienced our broken tax code firsthand yet again. A very appropriate quote by an unknown author sums up the feelings of many during tax season: “People who complain about taxes can be divided into two classes: men and women.” 

     

  • Cooperation between local, state, and federal government better serves the people

    By Congressman Robert Hurt