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Columns

  • Frozen

         The latest mountain our news media has decided to make out of a molehill is a new Russian military base on Kotelny Island.
        Actually, sensationalism in news media is nothing new. Newspapers and TV news operations do it all the time. It sells papers and draws eyeballs to TV news programs. William Randolph Hearst’s publications are credited with helping to foment a war with Spain 120 years ago. His publications featured stories of alleged nasty behavior by the Spanish as they fought to put down a Cuban war for independence.

  • Christians, Fox News and sexual harassment

         Last week, conservative hero Bill O’Reilly, of the much hallowed “Fox News” network, was finally fired after settling numerous sexual harassment lawsuits for millions of dollars.
         Naturally, it was a case of a conservative icon being “persecuted” by liberal women. They unfairly accused him – charges he called “unfounded” – the same way such charges were lobbied at our “Make America White Again,” president, God’s own Donald Trump.

  • STEM Education: A term that is here to stay

    By Thomas Key

  • Automated Workers: The Real Job Killer

    By Cody Williams
    University of Virginia Student
    Bedford resident

  • Wiretap claim another Trump absurdity

        It’s been reported that even Donald Trump’s aides and Cabinet officers live in fear of what kind of nonsense he’ll put out next on his infamous Twitter feed.
        He is, after all, the president – God help us – and generally when a president makes a statement, well, it’s considered a declaration of policy. Cabinet officers, allegedly, worry about what he might say in the middle of the night, because the next day, they may have to defend it as policy.

  • An election every year

    If you like politics like I do, then Virginia is a great place to live. We have an election every year. Federal elections and most city and town elections take place on even numbered years. State and county elections are held on odd numbered years.

  • 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.