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Within our country, state, and counties there are many debates, pro and con, about removing or renaming statues. In reading out local paper this week I feel that it is time for Altavista and Campbell County to erect a statue. For all of the students who went through Altavista High School and…

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As you have probably heard, Pittsylvania County is the largest locality in the state of Virginia, covering nearly the same landmass as the entire state of Rhode Island. As a result of that size, Pittsylvania County residents have a lot of diverse situations, and it’s our job as your Board of…

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I represent the Staunton River District, which encompasses much of the northern end of Pittsylvania County. After the 2007 closure of Hurt’s Burlington Industries manufacturing facility, which was the economic linchpin of the region and one of largest employers in the entire region, the Town…

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As a Dominion Energy customer, I am frustrated by what I see happening with our monopoly utility. This was brought into particular focus this past weekend by the infrequent yet very predictable ice storm that struck a large  swath of Dominion’s territory. Just like an occasional hurricane, w…

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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, they had to be a Democrat.  The primary in June was when the real competition occurred; the General Election in November was a mere formality.

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On February 5th the General Assembly reached crossover, the traditional midpoint of the legislative session. At crossover, the House and Senate must complete work on their own legislation so that it may “crossover” to the other body for consideration.

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Democrats ended the 2021 General Assembly regular session a few days early, getting Governor Northam to call legislators back into a special session to complete their work.  Even though the legislative workload was less than half of what it was in the last short session in 2019, Democrats di…

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Our second full week of the 2021 General Assembly session has come to an end, and I wanted to take a moment to update you on what’s happening in Richmond.

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While most were focused on events in and around Washington, the General Assembly was going about the business that we were sent to Richmond to do, represent the views of our constituents.

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The 2021 session of the Virginia General Assembly opened last week in Richmond on Wednesday. Unfortunately, the session is a ‘virtual’ one, not unlike the recently completed Special Session. Regardless, I am proud to be your voice in the House of Delegates.

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Thanks to everyone for your kind words, generous gifts and offers of help during the illness and passing of Rodney Lee Childress.

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As you read this, we have returned to Richmond.  At least the Senate has returned.  What the House of Delegates is doing is something different.  They have opted to operate by Zoom for the most part.  Some of that is because of their fear of COVID-19, but I expect they believe it is a more e…

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January 13th begins the 2021 General Assembly session. The Senate will meet in person while the House remains virtual. I have added links below for you to be able to watch session live. All committee meetings can now be viewed online as well, and the public will need to register to speak at …

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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 governor will offer the desert first with new spending rather than starting with the basic meal.  Because there is never enough money to provide for th…

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Friends, Christine and I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season! 

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We, the Executive Board of the Campbell County Chapter of the National Association of Colored People (NAACP), are in disagreement with the Campbell County Board of Supervisors. On December 1, 2020, the Campbell County Board of Supervisors passed a First Amendment Sanctuary resolution in oppo…

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We moved to Altavista from the Northwest just over a year ago. Since that time, we have had the opportunity to take day trips around central and southwest Virginia to better familiarize ourselves with our new environment. In our travels, both domestic and foreign, we have been blessed with w…

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Friends,  These last two years serving as your representative in Congress has been an honor of a lifetime. As my time in Congress comes to an end, I reflect on the accomplishments of my office and am proud of the work we have done to help those in Virginia’s 5th District. This week, I went t…

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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 all equally, we are more likely to accept it.

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Friends, I am proud to announce that earlier this week, my original bill, H.R. 2466, the State Opioid Grant Authorization Act of 2020, passed the House of Representatives with unanimous support.   

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We were initially called into the special session to develop a revised two-year budget after the coronavirus wrecked the spending plan the General Assembly passed in March. The session quickly evolved into a debate on police and criminal justice reform. 

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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 referred to as “meritocracy”.  The better you performed those things expected of you, the higher and faster you rose into positions of leadership.  The …

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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 dominated the news.  The deaths associated with it has truly depressed us all.  Hearing story after story of rising cases and deaths cannot be ignored nor sh…

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Friends, I hope that you all had a productive and safe week. It is my pleasure to provide you with an update on my work in Congress. 

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In slang, this phrase is used to convey the speaker’s frustration or annoyance with someone else.  The term has been used repeatedly by former Vice President Joe Biden.  He uses it with the rare reporter or voter that is able to catch him away from his handlers.  Biden frequently uses the te…

The WuFlu has been a godsend for the left. And I’m not talking about the startling discovery that 95 percent of the U.S. is willing to be confined to quarters solely on the basis of a computer model whose numbers are undergoing constant revision to repair past mistakes.

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From time to time in the life of every town there are some challenging questions that do not necessarily have cut-and-dried answers.  Hurt is facing a couple of those, one of which appears likely to be dealt with over the next week while the other looks to take at least a few months. 

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Two years ago the publisher of the Union Star ran a front-page editorial asking for the community’s help and involvement to keep a community newspaper in the town of Brookneal and surrounding counties. We asked for community involvement, feedback and support.