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Columns

  • Tuesday is primary day in Virginia!

        Virginians know how our state holds a governor’s election the year after the presidential contests, and we take for granted that it will be watched everywhere. This year is no less true!
         On Tuesday, June 13, citizens of the Old Dominion who don’t like to miss elections will go to the polls and choose either a Democratic or Republican ballot. Problem is, those “who don’t like to miss elections” are smaller than they’ve ever been, and it’s a serious problem for our democracy.

  • May we never forget

    By James F. Burns

        A tear welled up in Hal’s eye, a deep sadness etched across his face as he recalled the moment.  Omaha Beach, the day after the D-Day invasion.  Hal had been tasked by his company commander to go back down onto the beach and retrieve some equipment.  A farm boy from Iowa now deep into his 60s, he shared this memory with me, his words below.

  • Samson, the Philistines are upon you!

    She said, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” And he awoke from his sleep and said, “I will go out as at other times and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the LORD had departed from him. (Judges 16:20 NSAB)

  • Rebuild our Navy

        The cruise missile attack on a Syrian airbase early last month was amazing. In a precision attack, the base was hit by 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles in 60 seconds. According to a Wikipedia article, 60 missiles were launched, but one fizzled and fell in the sea.
        Syria was able to resume launching air strikes from the base but the advance warning we gave the Russians, so they could get their personnel out of the way, also allowed the Syrians to shield some of their aircraft, reducing the damage that was done.

  • Beginnings and ends

    By Brandi Mitchell
    Student Intern

        One of the most beautiful and heart breaking aspects of life is the way it goes on and on with a thousand beginnings and a thousand ends. The sun rises and the sun sets, and the earth turns, and the seasons change, and this is the way it has been since the genesis of time, and the way it will be until the earth ceases to exist.

  • A disgusting, punitive health care ‘reform’

        It was a disgusting spectacle to watch the Clown-in-Chief celebrate at the White House with House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republicans after they’d passed a bill that will take health insurance from about 25 million people.
        Yes, this is their idea of “reform.” As I’ve previously written – and now submit as one of “Rick’s Rules of Politics” – whenever conservative Republicans talk about “reforming” something, it always means they want to take it from you.

  • After 100 days: A strange, failed presidency

        It was President Franklin D. Roosevelt who established the standard of measuring a presidency by what is accomplished during its first 100 days.
        FDR had promised to tackle the problems of the Great Depression immediately upon entering office, and he did exactly that. He’d made it clear that he’d use every available tool of the federal government to ease the suffering of the people.

  • Don’t be complacent

        Last month I saw a news story about Russia’s plan to build new class of aircraft carriers. Right now, Russia only has one carrier, the Kuznetsov.

  • UVA ends distance engineering program

    By Matthew Burrill

    The University of Virginia’s distance engineering program, known as the PRODUCED program, is coming to an end at a time where it seems education is moving more in the direction of online degrees.

  • An ignorant retreat on climate change

         In December, more than 2,000 scientists signed a letter to Donald Trump urging him to recognize reality about climate change and not reverse the U.S. commitment, under President Obama, to address this global problem.
         But as we’ve long known, appealing to this man through facts means absolutely nothing. He doesn’t recognize facts that don’t already jibe with his own “thinking,” a word that belongs in quotes because no one can be sure how his bizarre mind actually works, whether real thinking ever occurs.