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Columns

  • Our national death wish

        After 51 percent of us fell for Barack Obaloney’s hot air for the second time, and reelected him in 2012, I felt that we had committed national suicide. I’m even more convinced of that now that we are halfway through the second year of his second term.

  • My ‘silly party’ still leads the way

    We heard last week of the death of a man whose time in Washington is forever linked to the 20th century’s greatest political upheaval, the Watergate scandal.
        Howard Baker was a little-known U.S. Senator outside of his home state of Tennessee, when Watergate broke in the early 1970s.
        As fate would have it, he would be paired with the even lesser known Sam Ervin of North Carolina. Both would lead the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on Watergate in the summer of 1973.

  • The real betrayal

        The workings of a political party hack’s mind are always fascinating. Sometimes they seem to think their party is more important than their state, or the United States itself. It’s even more fascinating when a party hack’s thinking ends up in print.
        That happened last week.

  • McAuliffe slam dunks the House GOP

    House Republicans in the Virginia General Assembly have met their match, and it is Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe.
        Tired of their refusal to reach some reasonable compromise that would have allowed many new Virginians insurance coverage through Medicaid, the governor stuffed the ball on them.
        McAuliffe did exactly what Sen. Creighton Deeds had publicly said he should do: Adopt the general budget but use a line-item veto to reject the refusal to expand Medicaid.

  • Keeping internet access tax free

    Few people study their telephone and Internet bills closely, but it might be worth taking a second glance next month. Take a close look at your next phone bill, and at the bottom you will see a laundry list of access taxes. But if you look at your Internet service provider’s bill, those access taxes will be missing. Wouldn’t you like to keep it that way?

     

  • A Southside community pushes back against federal overreach

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • We must never forget!

        Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13)

        These anniversaries, especially the five-year anniversaries, of D-Day always remind me of why the National D-Day Memorial is vital. Folks often talk about how nice it is for the D-Day veterans to be able to see it, but its mission — remember, it’s a memorial — is to make sure we remember all those guys who never lived to see it.

  • Decision needed serious discussion

    By Doris McCabe
    Bedford

        The central issue at the June 9 Board of Supervisors / Planning Board’s public hearing was that zoning regulations effectively blocked an entire industry – Confined Animal Feeding Operations -- from doing business in Bedford County.

  • Eric Cantor and ‘The Great Betrayal’

    While one Virginia politician was making national headlines last week, another one lit a fire in the same kind of partisan fight that had brought down the first one.
        Eric Cantor and Phil Puckett may not know each other, but they found themselves front-line players in the same fight: the ideological battle between the few common sense Republicans left, and the “tea party” fanatics who imagine themselves on some holy mission, like the Crusaders of old.

  • Making veterans care more accessible

    As more information surfaces, the severe mismanagement and “lack of integrity” within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health system has grown increasingly clear. A nationwide audit of access and wait times at 731 VA facilities was released just days ago. The results were highly alarming and only added to my serious concerns about veterans’ access to medical care. The audit found that more than 57,000 veterans have waited at least 90 days for their first appointment at a VA facility.