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Columns

  • Reasonable gun control must be passed

        After the most recent nearly-weekly gun massacre in America, the NRA and the politicians it owns have shown once again how utterly insensitive they all are to the shameful gun violence in our land.
        But this time, House Democrats put the tone-deaf GOP leadership on notice that it will no longer sit quietly while they do nothing.

  • Russia won’t invade the Baltics

        While the Islamic terrorist attack in Orlando, Florida, consumed last week’s news cycle, the Baltic States put themselves on a war footing. These tiny states, and Poland, are seriously afraid that Russia is going to invade them.
        Russia is not going to invade the Baltic States or Poland. These are NATO nations and Russia is not ready for a war of the scale that a war involving NATO would be.

  • Va. Democrats unite in Richmond

        This past weekend, Democrats from across the state gathered in Richmond to nominate the remaining delegates for the national convention in Philadelphia, hear speeches from party elected leaders, and, of course, –  the easy part – bash Donald Trump.
            In the evening, party activists enjoyed a fiery, terrific speech from U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez at the annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner. More about him later...

  • Memories of becoming an American

    By James F. Burns

    Retired professor
    University of Florida

        I was born in 1939 in the Midwest.  Our house was surrounded by woods, and I well remember the peacefulness and tranquility of my youth.
         But even at ages 3 and 4, I was aware that we were at war.  I had toy soldiers to play with and knew that real soldiers could get hurt—though I had little idea of what war and death really were.

  • The ethanol mandate has failed

    Families are gassing up the car to head out of town, fueling up the boat for a weekend at the lake, and getting out the mower to tackle the lawn. But do you know the impact ethanol has on all of these activities? According to the Department of Energy, ethanol contains about one-third less energy than gasoline, meaning the more ethanol in your fuel, the less mileage a tank of gas will get you. Plus, ethanol has been found to damage or corrode many small engines found in power equipment, motorcycles, or boats. The result?

  • Countering homegrown terrorism

    It was an act of pure evil. On what should have been a quiet Sunday morning, Americans instead woke to the jarring news of a deadly terrorist attack in Orlando. As a nation, we join the Orlando community and the families of the victims in mourning those who were lost and praying for healing. Sadly, it is the latest in a string of terror attacks here in America – plots that have not been carried out by foreign terrorists but by Americans, against Americans, on American soil. It is a stark reminder that the radical beliefs of terrorist groups, like ISIS, are a threat to our freedoms.

  • Taking decisive action to protect and defend our homeland

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Don’t forget those who survived

        Last week’s D-Day anniversary ceremony included the reading of all 2,499 Americans who were killed on D-Day. It’s the first time all these names have every been publicly read out loud. We should never forget them and the cause they died for.

  • GOP stuck with Trump’s racist campaign

        The national Republican party is now mired in an historic level of shame with the pending nomination of Donald Trump for president.
        Things have been bad for the party before, as it has spent the last few decades slipping farther and farther into an ideological straitjacket. But with Trump, things have reached a new low, and a lot of Republicans are not very happy.

  • I’m your American flag

    By James F. Burns
    Retired professor
    University of Florida.

        I’ve been to the moon.  I’ve been burned.  But more often I’m honored.  I’m your American flag.
        With 13 stars for colonies clamoring for freedom, I was first flown at Fort Stanwix in New York in 1777—and then carried into battle for the first time at Brandywine in Pennsylvania. By war’s end, I was saluted as the emblem of a sovereign nation, new and free.  I’m your American flag.