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Columns

  • Obama deserves health care victory lap

    Have you been waiting – because of “Obamacare” - for the United States to fall into the sea? For the mountains to collapse onto the flat-lands and smother us all?
        Or maybe you expected Marx and Lenin to rise from their graves, and cast us all into some Godless, communistic bondage?

  • Correcting a commonly repeated fallacy

        There is a fallacy that I hear repeated without fail every year during budget time. Actually, it isn’t really a fallacy. It’s more of a half-truth. Every year at least one person, who is speaking before the supervisors urging them to raise taxes, will say that the tax rate was higher at some point in the past decade.
        These speakers are correct. It was 65 cents in 2006 and 73 cents in 2002.

  • House plan to balance the budget, grow the economy, and protect hardworking taxpayers

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

     

    Just as we have done each of the last four years, the House of Representatives approved an annual budget focused on setting a course for our nation and its future.  The Path to Prosperity budget puts us on a path to fiscal sustainability so we can preserve the promise of this great country for our children and grandchildren. 

     

  • Budgeting for the future

    Each year, families across Virginia set a household budget. Businesses in the Commonwealth, both large and small, do the same. This week, the House of Representatives acted on a budget plan for Fiscal Year 2015, which begins on October 1, 2014. In addition to laying out a blueprint for federal spending, the budget process is also an opportunity to strengthen programs like Medicare and Social Security and expand pro-growth economic reforms like tax reform, domestic energy production, and regulatory reform.

  • A better proposal

        Talk about audacious!
        Or, perhaps “clueless” is the better descriptor.
        Jim Moran, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, recently complained that he and his colleagues are underpaid.
        The Virginia Democrat, whose 8th district abuts Washington, D.C., made his gripe in a recent interview with CQ Roll Call.

  • Historic law triumphed over racism

    Nothing has probably defined the baby boomer generation in America more than the turbulent, inspiring, dangerous, and ultimately successful civil rights movement of the 1950s and ‘60s.
        In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, in Brown v. Board of Education, that segregated schools were unconstitutional, that it was a violation of the rights of black children to be forced, only because of race, to attend schools that were inferior to those of whites.

  • Would this be legal?

  • It’s not the time to rethink the Libya ban

    Protecting American citizens from terrorist threats both at home and abroad is a fundamental role of the federal government. However, despite Libya’s long history of unrest and ongoing terrorist threats coming from the country, the Executive Branch has proposed reversing a longstanding prohibition against Libyans entering the United States to work in aviation maintenance, flight operations, or to study or train in nuclear-related fields. This shift in policy is misguided and ignores reality.

  • Forest Fire Department has busy first quarter

    By Ryan Burnette-Lieutentant/PIO
    Forest Vol Fire Department

        The first quarter of the year has been extremely busy for Forest Fire Department.
        March brought 53 calls for service, the largest being a 25 acre brush fire on Old Cifax Road. First Quarter totals for calls were 139, up 21 calls from the first quarter last year.
        Members logged over 5,500 man hours this quarter responding to calls, training, public education, maintenance, fundraising, and administrative duties.

  • New report: Climate change worsening

    Those who would deny climate change – or “global warming” as it’s sometimes called – already have a tough job, but it just got harder with the release of a new United Nations report.
        The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has won the Nobel Prize for its previous work. “Things are worse than we had predicted,” said a co-author of the report, referring to the group’s work in 2007.