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Frank Ruff, Author at Farmville

Guest Columns

Opinion — Build back better?

President Biden’s election motto was “build back better.” To some, it sounded interesting, even though few understood what it meant. It was implied that he ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Friday, October 22, 2021 6:30 am

Columns

Opinion — The ABCs of schooling

Once upon a time, families sent their children to school to learn the basics of education. We called that the ABCs, but the goal was ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Sunday, October 17, 2021 8:18 pm

YOUR TURN

Column – Cotton candy

Remember when you were 3 or 4 years old, and you went to your first county fair? As your parents walked you past the man ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Tuesday, October 5, 2021 12:05 pm

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COLUMN – Why policing matters

When we drive a little fast and see blue lights, it is easy to question why we have so many police officers. However, that is ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Tuesday, September 28, 2021 3:37 pm

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Understanding small business and inflation

Last week, I wrote regarding the dilemma created in the business world driven by COVID, the fear of COVID and the government’s mishandled responses. A ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Wednesday, September 22, 2021 6:00 am

Guest Columns

Opinion — Prayers needed

The challenges upon us are numerous. We must pray like never before. Rarely have we seen so many issues before us at one time. Natural ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Tuesday, September 7, 2021 11:16 am

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COLUMN – Nero fiddled while Rome burned

I have no animosity towards President Biden; I wish him well. We disagree on most public policy issues, but I have no reason to believe ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Thursday, September 2, 2021 10:00 am

Columns

Opinion — Is Virginia really No. 1 for business?

It was great news that, according to CNBC, Virginia is the number one state in the nation to do business. An honor like this is ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Thursday, July 29, 2021 4:23 pm

Guest Columns

Are we really a racist nation?

The phrase “Can’t we all get along?” by the late Rodney King was uttered after he was brutally beaten by Los Angeles police officers three ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Thursday, July 8, 2021 3:15 pm

Columns

Opinion – Are we really a racist nation?

The phrase “Can’t we all get along” by the late Rodney King was uttered after he was brutally beaten by Los Angeles officers three decades ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Monday, July 5, 2021 11:43 am

Guest Columns

Opinion — Amazingly, parole board investigation turns up nothing

With great shock and amazement, I write to tell you that, after a few weeks study which concluded that “there was nothing to worry about ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Thursday, June 24, 2021 9:35 am

Guest Columns

Opinion — The founding fathers were far from perfect

While perfect is what we should all work toward in everything we do, seldom do we reach that goal every time. There has been only ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Thursday, June 10, 2021 10:00 am

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Biden’s tax plan will hurt the economy

In Washington, President Joe Biden is patting himself on his back for his plans to raise your taxes. During his campaign last year, he repeatedly ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Wednesday, June 2, 2021 6:00 am

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OPINION — We must reverse the trend of violent crime in Virginia

The lead story of the May 16 Gazette Virginian was a murdered teen shot to death. Same newspaper, next edition, the lead story was a ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Wednesday, May 26, 2021 6:00 am

Columns

OPINION — We must work to restore our nation’s work ethic

As acid corrodes aluminum, once it starts it gets worse faster and faster. We are watching this happen before our eyes. The headline in the ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Monday, May 10, 2021 4:46 pm

Columns

OPINION – Our students must be prepared to compete

The education of our young people is at risk. Parents, grandparents and would-be parents need to be aware. Attacks are coming from many directions. We ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Wednesday, May 5, 2021 3:02 pm

Guest Columns

OPINION — Marijuana legislation makes very little sense

The reconvened session was held last week with few surprises. Most Republican proposed legislation had already been killed. For this reason, we mostly considered technical ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Monday, April 12, 2021 10:47 am

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Virginia wasn’t ready for vaccine distribution

Three issues have been causing turmoil for a year: unemployment, schools and vaccines. Gov. Ralph Northam closed down the state with power not seen since ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Wednesday, February 17, 2021 6:00 am

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COLUMN — Democrat priorities have changed over the years

When I was growing up, I knew my father was a Democrat. In the ’50s and ’60s, if one wanted a voice in Virginia’s government, ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Monday, February 15, 2021 6:00 am

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Column — What will 2021 look like?

For months now, everywhere I have gone, people have been saying, “I can’t wait until 2020 is over.” With all that has occurred in the ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Friday, January 8, 2021 6:00 am

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A new way to formulate the state budget

Every year, the most important thing that the governor of Virginia does is produce a budget or a revised budget. Yet, way too frequently, a ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Wednesday, December 30, 2020 6:00 am

Guest Columns

Should we really legalize marijuana?

Over the years that I have been in the General Assembly, there has always been an effort by some to change the laws on the ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Monday, December 7, 2020 4:06 pm

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Is climate change really an existential threat?

Remember John Stossel? For those who don’t remember him or never heard of him, Stossel made it big a generation or two ago when he ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Wednesday, December 2, 2020 6:00 am

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Some taxes unfairly affect rural Virginia

We all want to be treated fairly. Sometimes we do not like government policies at the federal, state, or local levels, but if it affects ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Tuesday, November 24, 2020 2:00 pm

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Can we thrive as a mediocracy?

Once upon a time, not that long ago, one received things from earning them. You merited a raise. You merited a promotion. That system was ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Wednesday, November 11, 2020 6:00 am

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Looking forward to a brighter future

Thankfully, it is human nature to have faith in a brighter future. If not, 2020 would drive us crazy. Most of the year, COVID-19 has ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Wednesday, November 4, 2020 6:00 am

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COLUMN — Treat the voters with honesty and respect

In slang, the phrase, “Come on, man,” is used to convey the speaker’s frustration or annoyance with someone else. The term has been used repeatedly ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Saturday, October 31, 2020 6:00 am

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