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Columns

  • GA adjourns—without a budget

    By Delegate T. Scott Garrett, M.D.
    23rd House District

        The 2014 session of the General Assembly has adjourned – without a budget.

  • What’s up with the $6 million?

    By Ann Briscoe
    Thaxton

        I attended the Bedford County Board of Supervisors’ meeting March 11. 

  • The influence of the web ever increases

    Apparently, there was a 25th anniversary last week of the founding of the World Wide Web. It was 1989 when British inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee first proposed and used the word “Web” to describe this global connection through computers.
        Or something like that...and I say “apparently” about the anniversary, because, according to an article on Slate magazine, the Web has too many anniversaries. If you look at when the first e-mail was sent, or when the first “.com” address was established, those are all different dates.

  • Obama is no match for Putin

        I’ll admit that I’m quick to blame everything bad in the world, including stinkbug infestations, on Barack Obama. However, I think the weak, indecisive leadership of a former community organizer was only one factor in former KGB Colonel Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin’s calculations when he decided to send Russian troops into Crimea.

  • President’s healthcare law continues to harm working families

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    It seems as though every time we turn around,

  • Action for Congress on executive overreach

    Think back to civics class – one of the first lessons you probably learned was about the three branches of the United States government. The Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches were created as three co-equal branches of our government under the belief that any one branch should not gain too much power. However, it would seem that some of these lessons have been forgotten by this Administration.

     

  • Calls picking up in March

    By Ryan Burnette
    Lieutenant/PIO
    Forest Vol. Fire Department

        February was a slower month than January for Forest VFD with 32 calls for service but March is starting off busy with 13 calls in seven days thus far.

  • The importance of passing a budget

    By Delegate Terry Austin
    19th District

        The General Assembly has one obligation in Richmond each year, to pass a budget.
        This year, the House budget is focused and prioritized, allotting $500 million for K-12 education, $20 million for tuition moderation, nearly $50 million for mental health, and $118 million for our hospitals for our free clinics. Without a budget, each of these areas, as well as transportation, public safety, our emergency responders, and teachers, will lose millions of dollars in the interim.

  • It’s over... Almost

    Senator Steve Newman
    23rd District

        Finally, it is finished…  Well, almost. 
        During the last week of the 2014 General Assembly, the Senate and House acted on the final bills of this session. In all, we considered over 2,500 pieces of legislation.  We also worked hard to reconcile the Commonwealth’s budget, but due to a mandate from the Governor to include an expansion of Obama Care it could not be done in the 60-day session.

  • Ukraine, Crimea not part of our interests

    Conservatives who don’t like President Obama are having a new field day at his expense in the matter of Russia’s moves in Crimea and the greater situation with Ukraine.
        They have chosen to react as though Russian President Vladimir Putin’s actions are a direct result of what he thinks of Obama. Well, you know, everything bad in the world is Obama’s fault, right?
        Isn’t that what passes for logic these days in the “tea party?”