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Columns

  • Time to face the facts

        They say politics makes strange bedfellows.
        Apparently, so does snooping.
        Through projects, such as the once-top secret PRISM program, the NSA has developed the means to do a whole lot of prying on the citizens that pay for its existence.  That’d be you and me.
        Now, there has been a lot of ink (and I wish there was a lot more) expended on how dangerous such programs are to our fundamental freedoms.

  • GOP misses an opportunity

    On Aug. 28, Americans of all races, ages and gender came together in Washington, D.C. to remember the historic “March on Washington” in 1963, the event that featured the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
        President Obama rose to the occasion with a fabulous speech, reminding the nation that those who marched and protested back then were the very agents of change that have improved race relations ever since.

  • If they snooze, the taxpayers lose

        Normally, I don’t cover the school board. Tom Wilmoth, the editor usually covers school board and town council while I go to the board of supervisors and county planning commission meetings. Sometimes Tom will assign the school board to me when he has to be in two places at the same time. That happened last month and, as I didn’t find out about it in time to seek asylum in Russia, I went to the meeting. The meeting was mercifully brief and I got to hear School Board Chairman Gary Hostutler make what I think is an excellent suggestion.

  • Making strides toward affordable college education for Virginians

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

     

    This week, as the new academic year is starting at many of Virginia's colleges and universities, we are reminded of the sacrifice and hard work that so many families put forth for the opportunity to send their children to college.

     

  • Guarding Americans’ civil liberties
  • Veterans’ diseases associated with Agent Orange

    By Bob Kibler

        Veterans who served in Vietnam between August 5, 1964, and May 7, 1975, (or were in country between February 28, 1961, and August 5, 1964) or served in a unit in or near the Korean demilitarized zone (DMZ) anytime between April 1, 1968, and August 31, 1971, and who have a disease VA recognizes as associated with Agent Orange exposure are presumed to have been exposed to herbicides.

  • Ken Cuccinelli’s troubled campaign

    As Labor Day approaches and the Virginia governor’s race kicks into high gear, one thing is clear at this point: Ken Cuccinelli is losing.
        You’d think it would be Democrat Terry McAuliffe who’s in trouble, after $5 million dollars worth of negative ads against him have been running all summer. But the Republican Governor’s Association, who paid for the ads, apparently doesn’t know much about Virginia politics.

  • Some thoughts on immigration reform

        The Wall Street Journal published an interview with Russell Moore in its Aug. 17-18 weekend  edition that got me thinking about immigration reform. Moore is the incoming president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. The article quotes Moore as saying that “we’re not going to deport 11 million people without a big government police state.”

  • Mission accomplished

        This month began with the Justice Department filing sealed indictments against several unnamed suspects in the terrorist attack on our consulate in Benghazi last year. This is the attack that left our ambassador to Libya and three others dead. According to an Aug. 6 Wall Street Journal article, one of these suspects is said to be Ahmed Abu Khattalah, founder of Libya’s Islamist militia Ansar al-Sharia. The article stated that Abu Khattalah was seen at the compound when it was overrun.

  • The Senate immigration bill is not the solution

    Nearly everyone agrees that we need to fix our nation’s broken immigration system, but the House and Senate are taking two very different approaches to solving this complex issue. The Senate recently passed a massive 1,000 page immigration bill; however, it largely fails to address the problems with our current immigration system.