Frank Ruff, Author at Farmville

Columns

Frank Ruff: Big issues in 2023 General Assembly

The General Assembly kicked off the 2023 session last week. It is too early to have a good sense of all of the issues that ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Thursday, January 19, 2023 5:41 pm

Letter to the Editor

Columns

Frank Ruff: How can our region lead in skills training?

Southern and Central Virginians should be proud of our role in leading work skills training. The Growth Virginia region that spans from the North Carolina ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Tuesday, January 10, 2023 11:36 pm

Columns

Your Turn — Uniformed Respect

Last week, I attended the funeral of Joe Carey. Joe served in uniform for a total of 40 years. I first met him while he ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Saturday, January 7, 2023 12:13 pm

YOUR TURN

Your turn — A billion dollars back to taxpayers

Governor Youngkin had the opportunity to adjust the budget that we are currently in and that will be in effect through June 30, 2024. Because ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Wednesday, December 21, 2022 12:15 pm

OPINION

Your turn — A time to honor our veterans

This Friday is the day that has been set aside to honor our veterans. It is a noble thing to recognize those that have served ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Wednesday, November 9, 2022 12:30 pm

OPINION

Your Turn — Blind mice

Most everyone understands that the big media outlets choose what stories they consider most newsworthy enough to report. They often ignore stories such as the ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Thursday, October 27, 2022 12:00 pm

Columns

Your turn — Energy policies cost economy $100 billion a year

How do we get to work? How do we heat and cool our homes? How do we keep businesses open and producing products and providing ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Wednesday, October 12, 2022 12:45 pm

Farmville Police

Columns

Your Turn — ‘We got soft on crime’

“We got soft on crime.” This was the quote from the Mayor of Roanoke. He was referring to restrictions placed on law enforcement by his ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Sunday, October 9, 2022 8:05 pm

Columns

OPINION — Let’s talk about transgender politics

There are any number of issues that should upset right thinking people coming out of Washington and some of those who have wormed their way ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Wednesday, September 28, 2022 5:00 pm

Fentanyl

Columns

OPINION: This is the war we’re not fighting. Let’s talk about fentanyl

We can look back at various wars that our nation has been involved in and have differing opinions on why we were involved and were ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Thursday, September 22, 2022 12:50 pm

Columns

Your Turn — Is this a swan song for colleges?

In the last three decades, many have been concerned about the direction of our colleges. Despite that, we as parents have encouraged our youth to ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Thursday, September 15, 2022 12:00 pm

Columns

Frank Ruff — Why choose California standards over federal standards?

Did you hear about the new policy in California? The government will allow no new gasoline powered cars or trucks to be sold in the ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Wednesday, September 7, 2022 12:00 pm

Columns

Opinion — As our children return to school…

As our schools are opening to welcome back our students for a new year, every school is on a different calendar schedule, and each has ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Saturday, September 3, 2022 6:30 pm

Columns

Your turn — Drug use: From marginal to mainstream

As I wrote going into August, I continue to focus on those things that were once considered marginal but now are considered mainstream. This week ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Thursday, August 25, 2022 12:45 pm

Columns

Your turn —August snowballs continue, so does the hype

Sometimes, people believe that a small lie might be okay. This often leads to bigger lies to cover the first. No better example exists than ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Wednesday, August 17, 2022 12:30 pm

Columns

Opinion — August snowballs, this time green

Last week, I wrote about things that have gotten bigger and bigger and more bizarre as they moved through the public realm. This week, I ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Wednesday, August 10, 2022 12:35 pm

OPINION

Your turn — Small business survival at the heart of inflation concerns

Last week, I wrote about the reality of inflation being higher than the government statistics report for those items that people most frequently purchase. This ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Wednesday, July 27, 2022 1:00 pm

OPINION

Your turn — Government created inflation and loves it

I wish I was as upbeat about inflation as President Biden’s spokespeople. The June report showed a 9.1% increase over the last year, declaring the ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Wednesday, July 20, 2022 12:45 pm

Editorial

Your turn — Death in our streets and schools

Sadly, we continue to hear of shootings all around our nation. I wish that there was a solution so simple, but there is not. The ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Wednesday, July 13, 2022 12:50 pm

OPINION

Your turn — Decisions based on Constitution, not what is popular

The last two weeks have produced court rulings that have pleased some and offended others. Currently, we are in such a politicized world that too ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Wednesday, July 6, 2022 12:30 pm

Columns

Opinion — New neighbors for you?

Prisons exist for two reasons. First, to punish those who refuse to live by the laws that provide for us to have a civilized society. ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Friday, July 1, 2022 10:29 am

OPINION

Your turn — Thoughts on the news

NFL FINES AND FREE SPEECH When a Washington Commanders coach compared the events of Jan. 6, 2021, to the riots that followed the George Floyd ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Thursday, June 23, 2022 12:15 pm

OPINION

Your Turn — Thoughts on education

As we see headlines of graduations at colleges and high schools, it is a great time to reflect on issues that surround our young people. ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Wednesday, June 15, 2022 12:00 pm

OPINION

Tax relief coming eventually

Last Wednesday, a budget agreement was reached between House and Senate negotiators. We have been waiting since mid- March for an agreement to be reached. ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Wednesday, June 8, 2022 12:54 pm

OPINION

Your Turn — Elections and redistricting

Over the course of the last two years, much has been reported about how political districts will look after the 2020 Census. We still do ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Wednesday, June 1, 2022 12:45 pm

Columns

Opinion — Fuel thoughts

As all fuels reach record highs, now is a good time to reflect on the driving factors. No one issue is doing this damage, but ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Saturday, May 21, 2022 1:35 pm

Columns

Opinion — Disinformation

This past week, the Biden administration announced that they were creating a new section of government to deal with what they claim are untruths that ... Read more

by Frank Ruff, Saturday, May 7, 2022 10:46 am

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