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Columns

  • 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.

  • The crack of the bat

    By James F. Burns
    Retired professor
    University of Florida

        The crack of the bat sent a tall popup skyward behind home plate.  I was the catcher and staggered beneath that mile-high ball as it rushed earthward.  I thrust my mitt up and made a lucky catch, the ball wedging itself between my mitt and my bare hand.

  • The slow, steady triumph of science

        Popular scientist Stephen Hawking died recently, after a lifetime of defying disability and bringing astronomy to the American public in a way that was engaging, highly informative, and even tinged with humor.
        Hawking had done groundbreaking work on understanding black holes, especially their relation to how the universe began. His 1988 book, “A Brief History of Time,” was an amazing best-seller, credited with bringing complicated scientific theory to a mainstream audience of lay people.

  • John Sharp is right

        A while back I wrote a column with the title “Kevin Willis is right,” This time, it’s John Sharp who is on the right track.

  • Youth will forge a progressive future

        It’s truly sad to think that a young generation of Americans coming of age now will one day have to say that the first president they remember was…Donald Trump.
        Those of us who have seen many presidents must help our youth know what a deviation from the norm this clown and his regime represents.