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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

10 hours ago by Frank Ruff.

Redistricting in Virginia

The Virginia Redistricting Commission will not finish its work on the state’s legislative maps and will instead move on to drawing maps for the state’s ... Read more

5 days ago by Matt Fariss.

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

2 weeks ago by Frank Ruff.

Opinion — Grant program available

It was announced last week that a new grant program designed to support equitable and sustainable local food systems for small-scale agricultural producers, farmers markets ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Matt Fariss.

COLUMN – Visiting America’s southern border

I have often stated that the greatest responsibility of government is the safety and security of its citizens. The federal government is responsible for protecting ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Guest Columnist.

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

3 weeks ago by Frank Ruff.

The need for power of attorney

By Mark McGahee A power of attorney is a legal instrument that delegates an individual’s legal authority to another person. If an individual is incapacitated, ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Guest Columnist.

Voting, districts and more issues

I  have compiled a list of important dates pertaining to the November Elections. Early voting began Sept. 17 and ends Oct. 30. Oct. 12 is ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Matt Fariss.

Children still need grace

They were all in their bunks after a fun but long day at the campground. The lights were out, and they were all supposed to ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Staff Report.

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

4 weeks ago by Frank Ruff.

Opinion — Repeal the grocery tax

Glenn Youngkin has made ending the tax on groceries a major pillar of his campaign, and for good reason. Not only is it good policy ... Read more

1 month ago by Tommy Wright.

Truck Driver Appreciation Week

Take a look at your surroundings. Are you inside your home, office or classroom? Are you at a coffee shop? Perhaps you are in a ... Read more

1 month ago by Quentin Johnson.

COLUMN – Repeal the grocery tax

Glenn Youngkin has made ending the tax on groceries a major pillar of his campaign, and for good reason. Not only is it good policy ... Read more

1 month ago by Tommy Wright.

Opinion — New services available

You can vote early at your local registrar’s office beginning 45 days before Election Day and ending the Saturday before Election Day. Early Voting starts ... Read more

1 month ago by Matt Fariss.

Off to La La Land

For those who aren’t convinced that national journalism has problems understanding the difference between fact and fiction, I thought I would share with you an ... Read more

1 month ago by Staff Report.

COLUMN – Discrediting our founding documents and remaking history

The fact that National Archives has just issued warnings that our founding documents are racist as well as a lot of other acronyms that have ... Read more

1 month ago by Staff Report.

Challenges of the law

Last week the U.S. Supreme Court issued an order allowing a controversial Texas abortion law to go into effect. The law is a direct challenge ... Read more

1 month ago by Matt Fariss.

Opinion — Misdirection to distraction

Last week the U.S. Supreme Court issued an order allowing a controversial Texas abortion law to go into effect. The law is a direct challenge ... Read more

1 month ago by Tommy Wright.

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

1 month ago by Frank Ruff.

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

2 months ago by Frank Ruff.

Opinion – Lockdowns not an option

The first results from Standards of Learning (SOL) tests in two years have been released, and they are disappointing. Said simply, the bottom fell out ... Read more

2 months ago by Tommy Wright.

Opinion – Longwood optimistic

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Longwood University altered how students navigate their classes in a short amount of time. Now, with vaccinations being required, Longwood ... Read more

2 months ago by Staff Report.

Time to end one-party rule

President Biden gave yet another disastrous press conference on Friday, showing yet again how far out of touch with reality he is regarding the situation ... Read more

2 months ago by Tommy Wright.

Opinion — Expanded Court of Appeals will serve Virginia well

The administration of justice is a key principle in a democracy. The rule of law and the fair application of the law are the key ... Read more

2 months ago by Staff Report.

Citizens should make own decisions on vaccinations

On Monday, Aug. 9, the General Assembly approved a compromise bill to spend about $3.5 billion in federal relief. The Senate and House had passed ... Read more

2 months ago by Matt Fariss.

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

3 months ago by Frank Ruff.

We need bold action on infrastructure, climate change

By Karen McElfish Virginia Mercury This past year has challenged Virginia in unforeseeable ways. Our faith communities have been tested by not one, but four ... Read more

3 months ago by Guest Columnist.

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