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Columns

  • Democrat’s bill would allow late term abortions

    By Kathy J. Byron
    22nd House District

    Most years, General Assembly sessions are notable for the legislation that passed, the legislation that didn’t, and the various disputes, noteworthy protests, and occasional budget standoffs that grab headlines.  The 2019 session appears poised to surpass all of those, and is well on its way to being one of the most memorable and eventful sessions ever.

  • Republicans announce teacher pay raises

    By Delegate Terry L. Austin
    19th House District

  • Real Christians wouldn’t support Trump

        It’s a given that the religious right makes up a large portion of what’s called Donald Trump’s “base,” the motley collection of the misguided, feeble-minded, and more sinister, extremist, racist types who actually cast ballots for the worst president ever.
        The “Christian conservatives,” as many like to call themselves, labor under the illusion that God not only takes sides in politics, but takes their side! Yes, you see, according to them, God is a conservative.

  • A very good man

        Harris Printing passed into local history last Friday. Robert Harris, who founded it, owned and ran it turns 89 in June and, after a lifetime of working, was just wearing out.
        The Bedford business community is going to miss him Long time customers are going to have to find somebody else to do their printing work and it may not be easy to find somebody who does his quality of work, with his reliability, for his reasonable prices.

  • Bill will emphasize skills based assessments over standardized testing

    By Senator David Suetterlein
    District 19

        The 2019 General Assembly is quickly approaching our February 5 “Crossover” deadline to consider all the bills in the chamber where they were introduced. The looming deadline has led to lengthy committee meetings and floor sessions on each end of the Capitol to consider the 1,995 bills submitted by legislators this year.

  • $15 an hour minimum wage would have cost jobs

    By Senator Steve Newman,
    Senate of Virginia President pro tempore

    Legislators have submitted 1,995 bills for their colleagues to consider during this year’s General Assembly session.  That’s a lot of legislation to consider over the course of 46 days.
    Only a handful of the bills and resolutions considered by the General Assembly generate attention from the news media.  And, those issues that are the most contentious, highlighting the differences between the parties or regions garner more attention than any other.

  • Bills will promote workforce development

    By Kathy J. Byron
    22nd House District

        The third week of the 2019 General Assembly was filled with dozens committee and subcommittee meetings. We’ve entered into the part of session where bills are being processed at a rapid rate. Legislators are moving quickly between meetings, both to present bills they are sponsoring and to hear their colleagues present bills.

  • Legislation will improve school safety

    By Delegate Terry L. Austin
    19th House District

  • Nancy Pelosi rolls Trump; shutdown ends

        When voters put Democrats in control of the House of Representatives last fall, everyone knew it would lead to a day of reckoning for Donald Trump, our hopelessly corrupt and deeply incompetent president.
        As a petulant schoolyard-bully type, President Boy Child views everything as a fight. But this past week, he got rolled by a woman, and we know how particularly galling that must be to him.

  • Union stands for teachers’ interests

        Bedford County’s school board will soon be developing the school budget for the next school year. One of the things we can expect is that teachers’ union representatives will speak to the board to ask for teacher pay raises.