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Columns

  • The Islamic State is waging genocide that must be stopped

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Bathrooms? You gotta be kidding me

        Many years ago, I read a book called “Second Serve,” written by a former doctor and tennis professional named Renee Richards.
        This wasn’t your standard autobiography of a self-obsessed athlete interested in telling her story to make even more money. By today’s standards, it was a ground-breaking introduction to what we now know as being “transgender.”

  • Becoming more lethal
  • Muslim elected mayor; sky didn’t fall

        Something happened recently in one of the world’s great cities, London, England, that, sadly, probably couldn’t happen yet in America.
        Sadiq Khan, a practicing Muslim, was sworn in as mayor of that city after his victory over a Trump-like candidate. His Conservative Party opponent – like Ben Carson here – had openly questioned whether Khan’s religion was appropriate. It looks like the voters answered that question.

  • Is he being honest?

        Although  we’re still hearing a lot of fussing and fuming from Republican Party leaders about Donald Trump, I think they are going to come to terms with the fact that, like it or not, he is going to be their party’s nominee for president.  They will grudgingly begin to support him as the only alternative will be Hillary Clinton getting elected. That would be dreadful.

  • Of our American rights and freedoms, which one would you choose to celebrate and why?

    By Megan Horsley
    Jefferson Forest HS Good Citizen Sponsored by Peaks of Otter NSDAR

        Most people would assert that the right to bear arms or the freedom of religion should be celebrated because this is what makes America unique.  However, these rights would not be possible if the right to free speech was not a part of the United States Constitution.  The freedom of speech allowed the founding fathers to create the democratic government that American citizens take for granted today.

  • Today’s students are tomorrow’s innovators 

    By Congressman Robert Hurt
    This past week, we had the opportunity to visit a number of schools across the Fifth District and learn about the curricula our students have been studying. We visited schools in Rocky Mount, Gretna, Chatham, Altavista, Brookneal, Cumberland, Palmyra, Farmville, Stanardsville, and Charlottesville discussing topics ranging from computer science to political science.

     

  • Protecting retirement savings Options

    Saving up for a rainy day – whether it’s a few quarters in your piggy bank as a child or investing in a retirement plan as an adult, many of us have heard from a young age about the importance of saving for the future. Saving is important to your financial security and independence. However, for many men and women who have worked their entire lives, every penny saved for retirement is a challenge.

     

  • Judge election authority rests solely with the General Assembly

    By Delegate Kathy Byron
        The 2016 session of the General Assembly ended a day early, with legislators approving a balanced budget and fulfilling their constitutional duty to appoint judges to the Commonwealth’s courts.  And for the second year in a row, it completed its work a day ahead of schedule.

  • Early finish saves taxpayers money

    By Delegate Terry Austin

        The 2016 Virginia General Assembly is now adjourned.  It is my belief that this year’s session was one of the most productive and successful in recent memory, not only for the Commonwealth at large, but more important, for our region in particular.