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Columns

  • More commentary on the school funding issue …

        How pathetic that Neudorfer, Strong and Laperle in last week’s paper vehemently defended Bedford School’s funding despite our pitiful 131st position of 132 jurisdictions.  Laperle then has the nerve to imply that this statistic is a lie.  Statistics are facts—not lies—unless purposefully distorted.  I wonder how he would like to be evaluated on just one “lying statistic”; i.e., SOL’s?  Bedford is an abysmal example of school support by our Supervisors.

  • Mitt Romney to kiss LU’s ring

    Liberty University has announced that Mitt Romney, the “presumptive Republican presidential nominee,” (his title now) will be its Commencement Speaker on May 12.
        For Romney, this is part of what pundits say is an enormous amount of work he has to do to secure the support of the hard-core right-wingers in his party. Many of them don’t like him, they don’t trust him, and, even though most of them won’t admit it, they dislike the fact he’s a Mormon.

  • Working to eliminate government waste

  • Commentaries

    Editor’s note: Last week’s editorial that listed the spending per pupil by the school districts in Virginia generated quite a bit of reaction from our readers. Those responding were given the opportunity, through this commentary section, to let their thoughts on the subject be printed. We appreciate those who responded and those are printed below.

    Disappointed in editorial

        Table 15 of the Super-intendent’s Annual Report of Virginia seems to be getting a lot of attention over the last couple of weeks. 

  • Study: Conservatives are lazy thinkers


    Conservatives have always been irritated by studies that show that people who have a good, solid formal education tend to be more liberal than those who aren’t very well educated.
        Simply put, people with more education seem to find out the value of an old saying: The more you know, the more you realize what you don’t know. Knowledge is good and is not to be feared.

  • Maybe he isn’t as bad as Obama


        It looks like Mitt Romney is going to be the Republican nominee for president. Rick Santorum threw in the towel last week, suspending his campaign.

  • House has taken action on an energy plan

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

     

    This past week, I spent time touring the district in order to talk with 5th District Virginians about the most pressing issues facing our country. We made nearly 20 stops across the district and visited with local businesses, families, and individuals to listen to their concerns.

     

  • A Constitutional review: The President’s health care law goes to the Supreme Court

    Two years ago, thousands of Americans came to Washington to protest the passage of President Obama’s health care law. Despite serious concerns regarding the true impact of the legislation and my vote in opposition, this government takeover of health care was signed into law.

     

  • Town Meeting

        I will be having my quarterly Town Meeting on Saturday, April 14 at the Moneta Library from 10 to 11:30 a.m.  I’ll be very glad to have you stop by with any questions or comments you may have.

  • Politics amidst all the pollen

    Spring has sprung, as they say, and most of us are swimming through a veritable ocean of pollen. But it’s a small price to pay for lots of warm sunshine and the birth of new green grass.
        This time of year means baseball. Those of us who follow the Chicago Cubs can again feel hope that this just might be the year for a team that hasn’t won a World Series since 1908, and hasn’t played in one since 1945.
        That hope generally lasts until about mid-May or early June. But we’ll see…