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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 I will support as your Delegate, but the measure is extremely popular across Virginia.

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

Most of us will pause this week to remember 9/11. It’s hard to believe that twenty years have passed since we saw the two airliners crash into the world trade center, another airliner crash into the Pentagon and still a fourth crash into a farm field as passengers stopped terrorists from cra…

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 to Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the two cases that now control abortion law in the country. Virginia Democrats are ecstatic, as this d…

Some habits die hard. I was a reporter for most of my life and retired or not, to some degree I suppose I’ll always think like a reporter.

The first results from Standards of Learning tests in two years have been released, and they are disappointing. Said simply, the bottom fell out of passing rates in virtually all subject areas, with the worst impacts on those student groups who need the most help. The Northam administration …

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 he is not a gentleman. I can easily envision him standing at a doorway encouraging another person to go first. The subordinate, understanding protocol, woul…

Cheryl got back from her stay in South Carolina on Saturday afternoon and seemed to have a pretty good time. She worked, of course, taking care of her young patient but it was basically a family vacation for a week in a really nice rental property near the ocean. Cheryl did have time to enjo…

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 on the ground in Kabul. While foreign policy seldom intersects with politics in Richmond, this fiasco is a rare exception.

I want to once again thank editors for running my column each week. You or they may not agree with me on every issue, but the column does give insight into my thought process.

Time and time again, SVCC students and graduates talk about the ways instructors have contributed to their successes. With that in mind, I want to take a moment as we begin a new academic year and to publicly honor the hard work of our dedicated faculty.

My wife, Cheryl, has been a nurse just about forever. I met her, in fact, when she was one of my mother’s nurses in a Richmond hospital.

It is amazing that so many, with years and years of education, can be so easily duped into believing that things are free. Growing up, I learned that the only thing free in life is the air that one breathes. It amazes me that some believe that you can have many wonderful expensive things wit…

We started the summer on an optimistic note. The Covid vaccines were widely available and people were lining up to get them. Cases were dropping. Restrictions were being lifted. Businesses were reopening. Special events and festivals were taking place. The economy was ticking up again. Thing…

House and Senate conferees came to an agreement on HB 7001 late Friday, working through the House and Senate versions of the legislation. The report provides $3,000 bonuses for state supported sworn LEOs who were left out of the original bill, makes minor changes to the Virginia Overtime Act…

Our representative form of government has served our nation well. Legislators are among those they represent and understand their issues. Those are the issues that legislators should bring to the Capitol for discussion and debate. In the budgeting process, the Governor is responsible to prop…

Here we are into the first week of August. We’ve still got some hot weather in store for us but we’re at that point in the year where folks like me start watching the tree line for the first hint of leavings starting to change colors. For us, fall is the best and most beautiful part of the year.

Before I begin, I want all to know that I have been vaccinated. I believe everyone over the age of 50 should, as well as those who have underlying health issues that make them more susceptible to any virus.

Here’s a little bit of trivia for you. Electronic cigarettes, vape sticks or whatever you want to call them first showed up in the U.S. back in the late summer of 2006.

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 a great thing to brag about. However, I was somewhat confused.

It was a hot summer night, 15 years ago this week and I was drowsing in the recliner in front of the TV, not quite awake but not quite asleep, either. I always found it a little hard to sleep with the sound of the oxygen concentrator churning away. I answered the phone and a cheerful voice o…

People of every spectrum agree, voting is important. Everyone believes that all who wish to vote and meet the requirements of their state should fairly cast their vote on election day. It should be done in an orderly process to ensure that each vote is properly cast, tallied as quickly as po…

Sir Richard Branson has charm, charisma and money...lots and lots of money. He also has a dream. He says that since he was a child, he wanted to go into space. On Sunday morning, some say he came within spitting distance of making his dream a reality when his space plane hit a distance of 53…

One of the best things in my life was knowing that my father got out of the dairy business before I was old enough to understand the demands of daily production. When I was young, it was only done by hand. Twice a day cows had to be milked. That included weekends and holidays. He switched to…

Last week's news was filled with violence and bloodshed all too close to home.

Last week the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case of Gloucester v Grim, ending a years long fight over whether a student born female should be allowed to use a multi-user male bathroom. The ruling comes as parents around the Commonwealth get their first look at the new, transgender …

The 4th of July this year was quite a bit different than last year. After most events were cancelled last year and citizens hunkered down due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It’s amazing how much difference a year can make and this year we saw a return to near normal.

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 ago. He knew he had been wronged but he said the right thing. His words were prophetic; sadly not enough live by that creed. While we may differ in our t…

I was saddened this week to see a notice that Chase City’s Shine and Wine Festival will not be held again this year and that currently, at least, there are no plans to bring it back. The organization behind the Festival, “Chase City Special Events” made the announcement on Facebook explained…

Below are some of the bills that were passed into legislation this year that I opposed as I expect most Virginians would.

By last year at this time there were maybe half a dozen raccoon families hanging around our house. It was pretty common to go out to feed the cats in the morning and find the cats along with three or four mama raccoons with several babies in tow, waiting patiently and politely for breakfast.

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 with the Virginia Parole Board”, they found no problems at all other than the possibility that the lead investigator may possibly have had a bias.

Even as strong supporters of our country transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable power—we agree that utility scale solar is not ideal— if only more would put solar on their rooftop or on the ground on their property what a wonderful thing that could be. But too few are willing or able t…

For the fourth year in a row, tuition at Southside Virginia Community College will remain unchanged. The State Board for Community Colleges made the decision by unanimous vote earlier this year. As a result, tuition at Virginia’s community colleges represent an unparalleled value in education.

I like to think that I’m a fairly nice guy. I’m certainly not up for sainthood but I do try to be polite to folks and I try to be patient. Unfortunately, sometimes I’m not quite as successful as I’d like to be.

Education has been in the news often recently. Critical Race Theory and Equity are the driving issues that have been the focus. Sadly, neither are about advancing education, but rather these are distractions from educating our young people to be all that they can be in life.

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 one that has reached that goal and that was 2000 years ago.

Governor Northam announced recently that Virginia had maintained its consistently solid ranking as a low-recidivism state. Those who are incarcerated in Virginia return to prison at a lower rate than almost any other state in the nation. Democrats say this is proof that their policies are wo…

The long holiday weekend passed quietly at our house. We didn’t make any big plans because Cheryl had to work on Monday and someone had to be around to take care of the animals. But that, of course, did not diminish the significance of the holiday.

Last week the government surprised a lot of us when they eased up on a lot of Covid-19 restrictions. If you’re fully vaccinated you no longer have to worry as much about wearing masks or social distancing in many situations. A lot of events that were cancelled or cut back last year are start…

The lead story of the May 16th South Boston Gazette Virginia a murdered teen shot to death. Same newspaper, next edition, lead story a man murdered by intentionally being run over with a vehicle. Second lead story, conviction of another murderer. Looking east and west we know the situation i…

We got through the gas crisis of 2021 with few real problems. For me, it wasn’t much of a problem at all. In the first place, I’m retired and don’t really have to go anywhere and I don’t have any particular time to be there. I also had a half a tank of gas and a car that gets really good gas…

In previous weeks, I warned you that the policy of the administrations in Richmond and Washington would result in inflation. To the surprise of many, it has come quickly and with vengeance.

It flew under the radar, but last week's Democratic gubernatorial debate laid down a significant marker for the party headed to November. Regardless of who is at the top of the ticket, the return of discretionary parole will be a top priority for Democrats.

I’m sure we can agree that the Mecklenburg County Board of Supervisors are elected to make decisions – some easy; some difficult-  for the betterment of our community.  In many instances, the Board’s final decisions are based on direct input that they receive from county residents.  For it i…

Southside Virginia Community College will honor its 2021 graduates in a virtual celebration to be released May 15, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. Students, their families, and others in the community, can access the pre recorded video through the college’s website (southside.edu) or FaceBook page (facebo…

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 Danville Bee stated the current situation perfectly. Southside’s sign of the times: Help wanted but very few takers.