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Columns

  • Stopping to marvel at the intricacy of nature

    By Jennifer Patterson
    Goode

    With the emergence of the seventeen year periodical Cicadas the past few weeks, I stopped to marvel at the amazing intricacy of nature and how God works through everything around us. When I study the perfection of nature I just don’t understand how a scientist can believe in evolution. How can anyone watch the life cycle of these Cicadas or any other insect, animal or human and think that this all just exploded into place and nature evolved over millions of years or that we all possibly emerged from a swamp?

  • Va. Democrats choose superior ticket

        In their June 11 statewide primary, Virginia Democrats completed the ticket they will present to voters this fall.
        Former national chairman Terry McAuliffe is the party’s d for governor, hoping to replace the now scandal-plagued Bob McDonnell, who remains under FBI investigation.
        McAuliffe will run with two veteran Democratic legislators whom voters chose last week: Sen. Ralph Northam for lieutenant governor; and Sen. Mark Herring for attorney general.

  • They’ll probably blame it on Bush

        President Barack Obama is not having a good year as his approval rating in polls continues to sink.
        His poll ratings fluctuate from day to day in Rasmussen’s daily presidential tracking poll. However, his approval has been on a steady downward trend since February when his approval reached his second term high, topping 55 percent. His most recent tracking poll number puts his approval at 47 percent.

  • Policy challenges: Syria, drones, and the NSA


    In his second term, President Barack Obama is facing many diverse challenges, as all modern presidents have.
    Most recent presidencies have either failed outright in the second term or met such obstacles that the leader’s “legacy” has been greatly affected.
        In Obama’s case, it’s a combination of domestic and foreign challenges that, so far at least, is giving the president fits. This is frustrating to his supporters and encouraging to his enemies, who long so much for Obama to fail.

  • Obama kicks his lapdog

      
        All through President Barack Obama’s first term, most of the mainstream media has served as his lapdog. The mainstream media is dominated by liberals and they’ve seen President Obama as their ideological soul mate. They’ve shown fawning obeisance to him, giving him a soft approach when they should have been asking him sharp questions. All he has to do is speak and they happily wag their tail and roll over on their back to get their belly rubbed.

  • We must continue to focus on job creation

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    At a time when high school and college students from Virginia’s 5th District and across the country are graduating and looking for career opportunities, one would think news headlines would focus on Friday's unemployment report and the continued weakness of our economy. Instead, our news is saturated with evidence of an overreaching federal government.

     

  • Route 58 energy tour demonstrates need For Commonsense Energy Policies

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    This past week, I traveled throughout Southside visiting communities along Route 58 to discuss the impact of high energy prices. After making over 30 stops, it is clear that 5th District Virginians continue to suffer from Washington’s failure to adopt a sensible energy policy.

     

  • A message for our graduates: Seek opportunity

    A wise man named Albert Einstein once said, “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”  As high school and college students across the Sixth District don caps and gowns, walk across the stage, and accept a diploma, we are reminded of the great opportunities fostered by education and hard work. 

     

  • Military scandals must be addressed

    His attorney announced last week that U.S. Army staff sergeant Robert Bales will plead guilty to the murder of 16 Afghan civilians, most of them children, in order to avoid the death penalty.
        The attack, the worst U.S. atrocity of the long occupation of Afghanistan, happened in March of 2012, when Bales left his base on two separate occasions to carry out the murders.

  • How long can we get away with it?

        A couple of weeks ago I read a news article about a hand-written letter that North Korea’s dictator, Kim Jong-un, sent to China’s President Xi Jinping. The letter was hand delivered by a high-ranking North Korean army officer who wore a “Mao suit” instead of a military uniform. The exact contents of the letter are unknown, but the article stated that it was part of an effort by North Korea to build better ties with China.