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Columns

  • Finally, an NRA on the defensive

    Anyone with a good sense of the political climate has to realize that, as amazing as it may be, the ground may be shaking under the historically powerful NRA (National Rifle Association).
        The gun lovers group has long been as good at propaganda as the late Nazi leader Joseph Goebbels; its power over Congress has been similar to that held by Hitler over the Germans, and based, of course, on the same thing: fear.

  • Time to start cutting

        We haven’t fallen off the fiscal cliff, yet. In a last minute deal Congress enacted a deal, and President Obama signed it, that reduced the tax hit that Americans would have suffered if all the Bush tax cuts had been allowed to expire. The deal let the cuts expire for those making $400,000 per year or more and all working people have seen smaller pay checks because a temporary cut in the payroll tax, that funds Social Security, expired.

  • The expanding Sixth Congressional District

    As the 113th Congress was gaveled into session on Thursday, the new boundary lines of the Sixth Congressional District were made official. Every ten years, the boundaries of congressional districts are altered to reflect changing populations throughout the Commonwealth.

     

  • 'Entitlement’ programs must be preserved

        We seem to have survived one “fiscal cliff” scare, only to have other cliffs ahead of us. It’s the way government is done when one party is driven by ideologues and the other thinks mostly of compromise.
        On March 1, dramatic cuts will take place in both social programs and military spending if Congress does not act.
        Congress will certainly act; probably at the last minute, and to the disappointment of many. Again, such are the times that we live in.

  • It could be worse


        Much as I complain about President Barack Obama, I always have to admit that it could be much worse. Russia is an example of “much worse.” Back in the 1990s and up into the first few years of this century I had hopes that the Russians would finally have a democracy, but it seems that they’ve ended up with a tsar instead. I’m referring to Tsar Vladimir I.
        Perhaps expecting a country to transition easily from Soviet tyranny to a democracy was too much to hope for.

  • Taking on the gun Goliath

    It appears that we will have a major legislative battle in the New Year over gun control, a surprising development made possible only by the horrifying details of the latest gun massacre in Connecticut.
        We’ve tolerated these incidents for many years now, but when it comes to someone storming through an elementary school and murdering first-graders, using a weapon only the military should possess, well, that’s the stuff that should change hearts and minds.

  • Congratulations are in order

  • Historic year falling behind us

    If you haven’t heard, you should be aware that President Barack Obama is Time magazine’s 2012 “Person of the Year.”
        Naturally, his critics will disagree, but then again he has defeated his critics at nearly every juncture, an old habit for him. He’s only lost one election in his life, a Congressional primary in Illinois long before the rest of the country had ever heard of him.

  • Never let a good tragedy go to waste


        Shortly after the election of 2008, a certain “Democrat,” who is now mayor of Chicago, said “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” He was referring to the financial crisis that had dragged America into recession, implying that Congressional “Democrats” could use this as an opportunity to pass a wish list of spending proposals under the guise of economic stimulus.

  • Now’s the Time – Resolve to be Ready in 2013!


        New year … new start!  Now is the time for you and your family to make an important resolution for 2013 that won’t cost much and could save a lot of heartache: resolve to be ready for any emergency.
        Whether severe winter storms, tornadoes, spring flooding, earthquakes, hurricanes or something else hits Virginia next year, you can be prepared ahead of time.