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Columns

  • A better foreign policy

        One of the things people, who don’t like Donald Trump, have been fretting about is his ability to carry out foreign policy. I think Trump’s foreign policy will be an improvement on what we’ve had under President Obama. Of course, it won’t be hard to do better than President Obama as his conduct of foreign affairs has been totally incompetent. However, I think Trump has a better intuitive grasp of foreign leaders that his opponents give him credit for having.

  • Welcoming the New Year

        With the flip of the calendar and the start of a new year come many opportunities to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing America. The House of Representatives is hitting the ground running in 2017. The 115th Congress will officially be sworn in on January 3, and House leadership has already signaled that lawmakers will immediately roll up their sleeves and get to work on the people’s priorities.

  • Obama cements his legacy of overreach

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Bringing them home safely
  • May next year be much better

         For many Americans, fond memories we have about 2016 are eclipsed by the horrendous, regrettable result of the most unusual presidential election of modern times.
        Hillary Clinton was undoubtedly the most qualified presidential candidate in many decades. But Donald Trump tapped into something nasty in this year’s electorate. The desire among frustrated whites for “an outsider” fueled his drive.

  • Trump makes excellent cabinet picks

  • The Claus Conspiracy

    By Brandi Mitchell
    Intern

        When you think of Christmas, you think of decorated trees, of holiday festivities, of family and of food. But among these pleasant images, many people often think of a jolly elderly fellow who delivers gifts at midnight to all the children of the world.
        A fellow who goes by the name of Claus. Santa Claus.

  • I hope you found a way out

    By Ashley Rambo Shaw
    Brownsburg IN

        Jason was my best friend in the third grade, and he was hopelessly poor.  He was what I call “Appalachian poor” – a destitution without the web of resources available in an urban area. 

  • Guardians of the Lake

    By Casey Kroll

    Smith Mountain Lake Association

        As I have shared in several of my previous articles, when I moved to Smith Mountain Lake about four years ago, I experienced many, many surprises.

  • The worst Cabinet choices ever

         As most Americans continue to be horrified by the prospect of a Donald Trump presidency, his selections for Cabinet positions bring to mind Hillary Clinton’s description of his supporters.
        “A basket of deplorables” is what she called them, a true remark for which she took a lot of heat. It’s pretty clear that what we’re going to get for his Cabinet falls into three chilling categories: corporate billionaires; military generals; and climate change deniers.