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Frank Ruff, Author at Farmville

YOUR TURN

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

YOUR TURN

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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COLUMN — Prayers to all those affected by COVID-19

Our prayers go out to our president, governor, their wives, and to all who have been infected with COVID-19. We wish them fast recoveries. Likewise, ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Friday, October 9, 2020 6:00 am

YOUR TURN

Legislature protects renters, hurts landlords

Compassion is a good thing when you are using your resources in assisting others in a time of their need. It is far different when ... Read more

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

Opinion

Legislature protects renters, hurts landlords

Compassion is a good thing when you are using your resources in assisting others in a time of their need.  It is far different when ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Monday, September 28, 2020 3:57 pm

YOUR TURN

Law enforcement changes happening quickly

All over America, there are efforts to change law enforcement. In some cities, there has been an open effort to defund the police. In other ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Wednesday, September 23, 2020 6:00 am

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COLUMN — Support redistricting amendment

Last week, I wrote about the several laws that were changed during the 2020 regular and the on-going special session. My focus was on how ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Saturday, September 19, 2020 6:00 am

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Is your vote safer today than it was last year?

Free and fair voting is the basic premise of any democracy. Remember the stories that came out of Iraq after the fall of the Saddam ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Wednesday, September 9, 2020 6:00 am

Columns

COLUMN — Is your vote safer today than it was last election?

Free and fair voting is the basic premise of any democracy. Remember the stories that came out of Iraq after the fall of the Shah? ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Friday, September 4, 2020 7:20 pm

YOUR TURN

Redistricting amendment is fair

For three quarters of the last century, Virginia was effectively a one-party state. That political party could enact anything they wanted. Because they controlled the ... Read more

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

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COLUMN — Hard work, determination can take us far

The last two months we have seen many demonstrations regarding equality for all.  It is right and fair to have orderly conversations and demonstrations about ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Friday, August 21, 2020 6:00 am

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COLUMN — New rules would allow lockboxes for absentee ballots

Sadly, in the dark of the night, this governor’s administration is trying to undermine our democracy as we know it. Last week, the Department of ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Friday, August 14, 2020 6:00 am

Guest Columns

Column – Lockboxes would undermine election

Sadly, in the dark of the night, this governor’s administration is trying to undermine our democracy as we know it. Last week, the Department of ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Monday, August 10, 2020 2:50 pm

Columns

Column – Death rates from virus are very low

by wearing a mask W e have been inundated with data about the coronavirus since March. The news media has covered the issue relentlessly for ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Monday, August 3, 2020 11:38 am

Columns

Column – Trying to stay positive

All of us have been challenged by the events in the news this year. It was heartbreaking enough when our lives were flipped on end ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Monday, July 27, 2020 10:28 pm

YOUR TURN

Trying to understand school reopening plans

Let me begin with this statement — we all should be cautious during this period of COVID-19. We should all wear masks when we are ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Monday, July 20, 2020 12:43 pm

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Governor’s school plan presents many challenges

Business is not the only thing that has changed this year because of the COVID-19 issues. In mid-March, Gov. Ralph Northam made the decision to ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Wednesday, July 15, 2020 6:00 am

Columns

COLUMN – School plan presents many challenges

Business is not the only thing that has changed this year because of the COVID-19 issues. In mid-March, Gov. Ralph Northam made the decision to ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Monday, July 13, 2020 11:04 am

YOUR TURN

Thin blue line will get thinner

The term “thin blue line” is used to refer to those law enforcement officers who are assigned the task of keeping society from descending into ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Wednesday, June 17, 2020 6:00 am

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Senator questions Northam’s decisions

We all grew up being told more, bigger, and better is good. Such phrases as “keeping up with the Joneses” was the mantra of the ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Wednesday, June 3, 2020 6:00 am

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We have much to mourn

This is a time for mourning. We began the week as we have traditionally done with Memorial Day, mourning for those that we have lost ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Wednesday, May 27, 2020 6:00 am

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