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On July 1, legislation passed during the 2020 General Assembly session will become law, with some exceptions. This session was the first with Democrats newly in charge and they used their new legislative majority to pass sweeping changes in Virginia, often on party-line votes. Below is a sna…

  In a normal year, we should be celebrating July 4th together.  This is not a normal year.  The lead up to this year’s has been saturated with violence and looting.  It did not start that way; it began with demonstrations and protests based on legitimate grievances.  It quickly evolved into…

First, I want (need) to clear up the absence of a column last week. I wrote the column and, as usual, I proofed my typing Sunday morning, after attending (outdoor) church services at All Saints' Episcopal Church. I was so pleased that I even left my “man cave” and told my that I had sent it …

Governor Northam recently announced his plan to reopen Virginia’s schools.  It followed the same pattern as his previous announcements -- vague and with little actionable information.

 History is ugly!  If one looks closely at each and every age and time, you will find things that are abhorrent to today’s society and understanding of what should be.  Yet, if we fail to look back at those previous times and events, we are unlikely to learn from them or appreciate the lives…

As protests over the killing of George Floyd have progressed, a demand to 'defund the police' has become more and more prevalent.  Some Democratic politicians, such as the mayor of Minneapolis, have agreed and begun to disband their police departments.

 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 chaos.  During the last couple of weeks, their role has been challenged.  Because several officers in Minneapolis did not live up to their responsib…

Hello Senator Ruff: I pray this email finds you well. I am writing to respond to an opinion piece that was printed in The South Hill Enterprise, dated June 8, 2020.

Southside Virginia Community College will celebrate its 2020 graduates during the institution’s first ever virtual graduation ceremony. The event will recognize the excellence of our students and honor faculty and staff commitments in support of student success. Students, parents, families, …

On Thursday, Governor Northam launched his biggest distraction from his failures to lead yet, the removal of the Lee Monument on Monument Avenue. Between his efforts and those of Mayor Stoney, there will be no Confederate monuments in public spaces by this time next year.  In fact, just this…

Regrettably, when someone lacks a strong belief in values, they tend to flap this way and that like a flag in a breeze.  This is sometimes referred to as lacking a moral compass.  It is not a compliment!  Most of us in my generation were taught at home and at church that we should have a set…

This year has been a challenging one, to say the least.  The killing of George Floyd in Minnesota last week is just the latest in what seems to be a series of terrible events happening in the US and around the world.  The George Floyd killing set off a frenzy of protests around the nation, i…

I found an item a few weeks ago that I wrote in my column, “MEMO . . . from The Editor”, in 1970 that showed a sharp contrast to 25 years earlier. It struck a cord with me at that time and again when I re-read it. Thought I would share it with you because those of you who may have read it mi…

 We all grew up being told more, bigger, and better is good.  Such phrases as “keeping up with the Jones” was the mantra of the 60’s and 70’s.  If the neighbors got a new car, then some felt they “needed” to buy a new car.  The battle went on and on with much of our society.  It continues on…

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 in the various wars in which our nation has fought to protect the values that we share.  Values that are encompassed in many of our faiths, but that are also …

What a beautiful weekend; and we needed it too. Especially for All Saints' Episcopal Church in South Hill. First, we (the Veterans Committee of All Saints') had an impressive service following the placing of U. S. Flags on the graves of military veterans at Westview Cemetery near Parker Park.

My heading last week about going crazy was, to say the least, an overstatement in a weak moment. I am really not going crazy because during this “Stay at home order” by the ' I have, instead, learned a lot. As a result, I actually feel I am getting smarter and smarter.

A year ago when I accepted the offer to serve as Southside Virginia Community College’s sixth president, the world was a different place. People have commented about what a topsy-turvy year it has been, but I am pleased to have been tasked with a leadership role in such challenging times. Th…

My comparison of Thaddeus Stevens to Ralph Northam was being made by me in reference to Thaddeus Steven’s leadership role in gutting the entire South ( not just Virginia ) during Reconstruction.  It was the 13th Amendment that ended slavery; an Amendment that every State that seceded from th…

Everything in life should and must be balanced.  We can never let pursuit of the perfect destroy the opportunity and ability of others to achieve their needs.  This is particularly true in government.  Idealists want everything as they believe is ideal but, as elected representatives, we hav…

The 2020 Reconvened Session was memorable if for nothing else than for the first time in 400 years, the House of Delegates met outdoors. Republicans stood firm to protect jobs and our business community from increased costs, the integrity of our elections, and for the safety of our communiti…

If Governor Ralph Northam succeeds in shutting down Virginia's economy until the middle of June, he will have succeeded in doing more harm to the State of Virginia than any politician since Thaddeus Stevens.

 What a remarkable letter in the Gazette-Observer.  Bob Franken pontificated about how our president is “feckless” and a “pogue”.  He almost got the pogue definition correct.  However, it doesn’t necessarily mean a person who sits in an air conditioned office and “downplays the danger”.  For…

Just when we thought this year's General Assembly could not get any stranger under the new majority, now they have decided the Reconvened Session will be held outside somehow.  Legislators found out about this through the press.  The logistics of how this will work are still being determined…

First, let me explain. April is a five-week month and I am tired. Yes, this man who sits at home every day and only goes out sparingly is tired of doing nothing. So, I am going to do something different – I am going to skip next week and not have a column for that fifth week. Okay, my consci…

To the Hero’sThe members and families of Chase City Masonic Lodge 119 wish to extend our eternal gratitude to the people serving in essential services on the frontlines of the battle against COVID-19. This includes fire and rescue, police, correctional officers, grocery store clerks, gas sta…

Here I sit again, and the coronavirus news is still bad. I have been watching the reports of certain counties around the state as far as how many cases of coronavirus have developed. At first, the cases in Mecklenburg County had been low to moderate. However, for the past three weeks the num…

I hope everyone had a beautiful weekend remembering the crucifixion, death, burial of Christ and of course, celebrating Resurrection Sunday.  For those of us used to celebrating Resurrection Sunday and every Sunday in a Church setting, surrounded by friends and family, having to find new way…

 This week, Governor Northam proposed moving town and city elections to the November 3rd general election and primaries to June 23rd.  In both cases, he cited the Coronavirus in which his “stay at home” order added to the problem.  The General Assembly will have to agree to change the town e…

Most Virginias were surprised this week when the Governor announced on Monday that he was ordering a statewide Stay at Home order.  This order is in effect until June 10th, which is much further out than most states across the country have put into place.  The precarious timing of June 10th …

 For some, legislation that would permit local government to remove monuments was an emotional issue.  Under the final version of the bill,  cities and counties will be allowed to remove Confederate monuments they own and maintain under legislation passed and sent to Gov.  Northam for his si…

Periodically, those who do not think that the U.S. Constitution is “democratic” enough set out to repudiate the document’s genius. The Electoral College is often the recipient of such attacks, particularly before and after national elections, and those attacks are currently underway. But the…

Progressives have gotten cocky in recent months and are letting it all hang out, not so much of the good but a lot of the bad and the ugly. Want proof? The states of New York and Virginia recently cast a bright light on their obscene views on life that progressives there have.