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Columns

  • Local Susan G. Komen for the Cure affiliate’s response to the national debate

    By Melissa W. Woodson
    Executive Director
    Virginia Blue Ridge Affilliate
    Susan G. Komen for the Cure

        The Virginia Blue Ridge Affiliate of Komen for the Cure is not a political organization. We have never and will never choose a side in a political debate unrelated to our cause.

  • Prayer breakfast speech was on target

    Last week, President Barack Obama made an excellent case for a mix of Christianity and political activism that is certainly not “conservative,” but is consistent with the Scriptures.
        The occasion was the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., an event that has become obligatory for whoever is president. It was good to see this president make a case for believers who refuse to connect Christianity with conservatism.

  • Eligibility requirements for veteran’s benefits

    This column concerns the question of eligibility for VA benefits. First, it is necessary to define the meaning of “veteran” as it relates to VA benefits. A veteran is a person who served in the active military service of the United States. Additionally, service in any of 26 other specified organizations during World War I and II has been certified as active military service by the Department of Defense.

  • They should have let the voters decide


        I’m not a fan of tax hikes. Neither is Delegate Lacey Putney. That’s why I took a serious look at Del. Putney’s proposal to raise the state sales tax by a percentage point from the current 5 percent to 6 percent. Half of the new revenue that this tax would have raised, estimated at $1.1 billion per year, would have been deposited into a new Supplemental Highway Construction and Maintenance Fund. The other half of the sales tax increase revenue would have gone toward mental health, public schools and state colleges.

  • One Thousand Days And Counting

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    This past week, President Obama delivered his annual State of the Union address on the same day that marked the 1000th day since the United States Senate has last passed a budget. I was hopeful that the President would put forth serious solutions to address the debt and jobs crisis that has come from years of reckless spending. Instead, as we listened, we heard more plans for larger government, and more spending at a time when we can least afford it.

  • The state of our union

    Today, the American people are facing one of the most challenging times in our nation’s history.  They are struggling to make ends meet while our economy remains sluggish and unemployment remains high. They are deeply concerned about the outlook for our great country and wonder if their children will grow up in the same America they did.  My constituents, just like folks from across our nation, are looking for real solutions to these problems we face. 

  • Did he really say that?

    By Stephen M. Stevick
    Former Planning commissioner
    District 5  

        Was Roger Cheek, Supervisor for District 3, misquoted or did he really say what was attributed to him?  

  • Government’s involvement in healthcare

    By Delegate Kathy Byron

        How much involvement should government have in healthcare?  That question has been extensively discussed at the national level over the last several years, as America begins to deal with the effects of the implementation of what we commonly call “ObamaCare.”  But, the debate over the extent of government involvement in healthcare decisions is not limited to any single federal government act.  Instead, it is a frequent topic of debate by government at the state and national level.

  • A first-rate SOTU address

    My president and yours, Barack Obama, last week rendered a very fine State of the Union address, one that the media noted “might be his last.”
        We’ll see about that…But the 44th President of the United States laid out the case for his common sense agenda of job growth, tax relief for the middle class, and increased taxes on the super rich.

  • Time for a Constitutional amendment