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Columns

  • Congress can’t nullify an election

        In spite of the efforts of “Democrats” and their friends in the mainstream media to convince people that President Donald Trump has cloven hooves, a tail and carries a pitchfork, President Trump’s latest Rasmussen poll shows his approval rating at 48 percent. It’s not just Rasmussen. According to The Hill, in an online story on July 2, a then just released Harvard CAPS/Harris poll gave him an approval rating of 47 percent.

  • Thank you for your sacrifices

    By  James F. Burns
    Retired professor
    University of Florida.

        Dear Sgt. Hosbrook, though you are my ancestor, I thought it only fitting and proper to address you by your rank and title in that great war for independence that we are celebrating some 242 years later.  As an officer in the First New Jersey Regiment of General Washington’s Continental Line, you were well aware of the blood and treasure being sacrificed to break free from a pompous and tyrannical British king.

  • GOP operative quits; blasts Trump

        If there was ever any doubt that Donald Trump is an immoral, black-hearted, hate-filled wretch, it was surely dispelled by his so-called zero tolerance policy enacted at the Texas, Mexico border.
        This disgusting man proved once again that there is no limit to how low he will stoop to carry out his punitive and racist ideas on the prospect of more non-whites coming into this country.

  • When is it time to hang up the keys?

        This is a touchy subject.
        I’m 65 and I’ll turn 66 in four months, assuming some liberal doesn’t shoot me before then. I understand how frightening the thought of hanging up their keys is to elderly people. It means loss of freedom as people who can’t drive are dependent on somebody else taking them any place that they can’t walk to.

  • In the mud with Corey Stewart

        Over the next four months, Virginians will see on full display the worst and most sickening aspects of the vile poison unleashed in our politics by Donald Trump.
        That’s because the Virginia GOP nominated Trumpanzee sycophant Corey Stewart as its candidate for U.S. Senate. Stewart’s only claim to fame is his Goebbels-like worship of the lying, corrupt New York City real estate hustler in the Oval Office.

  • Mixed feelings about immigration

        I have mixed feelings about the immigration debate.
        Immigration is good. We have some fine businesses in this area that are owned and operated by immigrants. All of us are descendants of immigrants. My German ancestors came here at some point before 1848 as that was the year my great-grandfather George Barnhart was born. He was born in New Jersey,

  • Dunbar’s ‘trippy road’ finally ends

        Republican Cynthia Dunbar has now managed to lose a congressional nomination race in two House districts, one in which she never announced a candidacy but simply showed up to compete.
        Sixth District Republicans made a reasonable choice when they nominated Del. Ben Cline. Many of them were convinced that Dunbar and the district party chair had tried to cheat their way to the nomination, at one point even hatching a plan to disqualify all the Amherst County delegates.

  • Itx will never be back

        Last Tuesday I voted in the Republican primary. I cast my ballot for Nick Freitas.    

  • Banking bill will help rural Virginia

    By Senator Mark R. Warner
    (D-VA)

        We all know the stock market is booming. The economic recovery that began at the end of President Obama’s term has continued to gain steam under President Trump. In cities like Washington, D.C., it is almost like the great recession never happened.
        But when you get outside the beltway, to rural communities across Virginia, you get a different picture.
        The truth is, rural America continues to feel the lingering symptoms of the financial crisis.

  • Pirate Days coming July 20-22

    By Vicki Gardner
    Executive Director SMLRCC

        Shiver Me Timbers…SML Pirate Days received Laker Magazine’s 2018 Silver award for “Best Annual Community Event.”  People love it!