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Columns

  • Governor’s amendments would gut anti-gerrymandering bill

    By Senator David Suetterlein

        In between the Virginia General Assembly’s ongoing special session to adopt a biennial budget, we met last week for our regularly scheduled reconvene session to address the Governor’s actions on legislation since the regular session adjourned sine die on March 10.

  • He loves to pose as the expert

         If I fail to notice it first, my dear mother always tells me that “Burnhart (she gets his name wrong sometimes, God bless her) has gone after you again.” Then, she’ll inevitably add, “Doesn’t he have anything else to write about?”
        You gotta love Moms, don’t you? They’re supposed to stick up for you, and mine does.

  • You’re fired!

        The catchphrase from Donald Trump’s reality TV show, “The Apprentice” was “You’re fired!” as Trump eliminated one contestant from the show on each episode.
        He’s fired a lot of people from the executive branch during his 15 months in office and it seems that one person he would love to fire is Robert Mueller, the special counsel charged with investigating allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government in 2016.

  • Bedford, a place where art is thriving

    By Wynn Creasy
    Bedford

        I am writing to you on behalf of the many people in Bedford who love the thriving arts community that is here.
        In the 40-odd years since I left Bedford to pursue a career in the arts, and my recent return, so much has changed here. We are so lucky to have a community of so many gifted artists that contribute a great deal to the economy of our small town.

  • Large spending differences separate House and Senate on budget

    By Senator David Suetterlein

        The General Assembly returned to Richmond last week to begin a special session and restart the budget process to adopt the Commonwealth’s 2018-2020 biennial budget.

  • ‘Trump Christians’ can’t justify their hypocrisy

        After last week’s announcement by House Speaker Paul Ryan that he will not seek another term in Congress, it’s clear that Republicans know they will suffer a historic defeat at the polls this November.
         It’s all because of the mentally unstable and corrupt pretender in the Oval Office whom they have both enabled and embraced. Aside from what he’s doing to the country, he’s slowly but surely destroying their party, and they have no one to blame but themselves.

  • Try using Google

        I was reading Rick Howell’s The Liberal Agenda last week and I had to chuckle.
        Mr. Howell apparently intensely dislikes  Corey  Stewart, one of the candidates seeking the Republican nomination to run for the Senate this fall. It seems to go beyond a partisan disagreement. He seems to detest Stewart, and a number of other Republicans, for what they believe.

  • Legislation provides a solution

    By Ed Baine
    Senior Vice President
    Power Delivery, Dominion Energy.

        For generations, the power company has had a fairly simple relationship with the communities it serves. Customers expected a few basic things to happen: Keep the lights on. Restore power as quickly as possible after an outage. Provide affordable rates.

  • The Va. GOP: Extreme, fanatical, hateful

        With the Trump virus spreading so much toxicity through the national Republican Party, it’s no surprise that much of that is evident in the Virginia GOP.
        It’s not surprising, but it’s very disappointing. The Virginia Republican Party was brought to prominence in the 1960s by moderates, very unlike the right-wing extremists and religious fanatics so evident today.

  • There is no triumph of science

        It’s always fun to read “The Liberal Agenda” when Rick Howell writes about the Bible or history. His column, last week, was no exception.