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Columns

  • A dangerous world

        Some folks made a big deal of the fact that Donald Trump sent a tweet, late last month promising to enlarge our nuclear force. Trump did this shortly after Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin commented that Russia should expand it’s nuclear force.
        Nobody really knows exactly what Vladimir Vladimirovich meant by his comment. Does he plan to increase the number of warheads he has, or does he have something else in mind.

  • The U.S. shouldn’t pander to Israel

        When the United Nations Security Council recently voted to condemn continued and expanded settlements by the hawkish Israeli government, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu acted as though his country had been hit by nuclear weapons.
        In his mind, any criticism of his government’s insistence that it has a right to build settlements in Palestinian lands, automatically means that the person, or country, is “anti-Israel.”

  • Chairman’s 2016 summary

    By Steve Wilkerson
    Board of Supervisors Chairman

  • DEQ filing supports SMLA position on Mountain Valley Pipeline

    Casey Kroll
    SML Association

        Recently the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) released its comments on the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) that was published the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).  Their full filing can be accessed on the DEQ website, http://www.deq.virginia.gov/
    In their comments DEQ addresses a number of issues including the potential impact on Virginia forests and endangered species.  

  • Best Wishes For The New Year

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

        As 2016 comes to a close, so too does my time serving you in the House of Representatives.  Representing all Fifth District Virginians for the last six years has been a great honor and an opportunity for which I will always be grateful.

  • The Russian albatross around his neck

        If there’s a fatal scandal brewing in the Trump regime, it’s likely to be based upon the continuing questions over his campaign’s contact with Russian government officials both during and after the election.
        The question may eventually be: Is it possible for Donald Trump to shed this nagging issue without his impeachment?

  • Bill lays groundwork for COPN reform

        Six and a half weeks can fly by pretty quickly, especially when you’re spending your days and evenings reviewing and considering nearly 3,000 bills and resolutions.
        The 2017 General Assembly session ended on Saturday.  Legislators ultimately approved around 45% of the bills filed by delegates and senators.  I am especially pleased to note that my success rate this session was well above that average.

  • Municipal broadband bill ensures transparenc

    By Delegate Kathy Byron

        This week at the Capitol, the House and Senate approved their respective packages of amendments to Virginia’s 2016-2018 Bien-nial Budget. The challenge to amending the budget this year is the presence of $1.2 billion shortfall in anticipated revenues.  So, some areas of spending must be cut, while still providing for core services and addressing critical needs.

  • Muslim ban an outrageous immorality

        The disaster promised by The Great Stupidity of 2016 is now in full form, and decent Americans everywhere are disgusted and outraged by the extreme actions of our illegitimate and accidental president.
        The notion of Donald Trump in the Oval Office was always a nightmare, and now that bad dream has arms and legs. The ban on Muslims from seven countries – only the ones where Trump doesn’t have business interests – is immoral and unconstitutional.

  • Not fully implenting ObamaCare was a wise move for Virginia

    By Senator Steve Newman