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A humanitarian solution
Fredericksburg.com / Sun, 13 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400
WASHINGTON--Clackety-clack, track after track, the train powers through the night toward the border crossing that will mark its entry into the United States. A young boy, a stowaway, is among those jammed on board. He's the one we'll be following here....

Busywork for bureaucracy stifles economy
Fredericksburg.com / Sun, 13 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400
On July 3, when Americans were preparing to celebrate freedom, the Obama administration reduced freedom by adding another 1,296 pages of regulations to Obamacare. The burdensome rules were published in the Federal Register on the eve of Independence Day, when few were likely to be watching. So much for transparency. Obamacare regulations compel doctors and their office staff, restaurateurs, business owners, local government officials and others to spend hours filling out paperwork without getting paid for it. It's a colossal theft. As of 2014, Obamacare regulations impose 159 million hours of paperwork a year on the public, an increase of 48 million over last year. And there's more to come. These figures don't include the paperwork requirements of the law's employer mandate, which has yet to go into effect....

Regulations a ploy to restrict abortion
Fredericksburg.com / Sun, 13 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400
RICHMOND--Over the past two weeks, women in Virginia and across the country have had reason to be worried--and outraged. Two Supreme Court decisions--passed down within days of each other--have continued and expanded a dangerous anti-woman trend with which we in the commonwealth have become intimately and frustratingly familiar. In the McCullen v. Coakley case, the Supreme Court struck down a Massachusetts buffer zone designed to protect patients and staff from harassment at women's health centers--despite upholding their own buffer zone and similar protections around polling locations and political conventions. In the well-known Hobby Lobby case, five male Supreme Court justices ruled that for-profit corporations could refuse to provide birth control coverage in their female employees' health insurance plans, despite covering several forms of reproductive health care for men, such as Viagra…

But it matters how you word the questions
Fredericksburg.com / Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400
THE IMAGE of the heartless, Scrooge-like Republican is a staple of the liberal imagination, but does it have any bearing in reality? Recent poll results from the Pew Research Center raise the question anew: They show that 86 percent of self-described "steadfast conservatives" believe that in America, "the poor have it easy." Just 6 percent of "solid liberals" believe the same thing. Who is right? Are liberals too soft-hearted, or are conservatives big ol' meanies? Joel Mathis and Ben Boychuk, the RedBlueAmerica columnists, debate the issue....

County opposes pipeline
RappNews.com / Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:00:19 +0000
The Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors became one of the first local governing bodies in the Northern Piedmont region Monday to say “no” to a natural-gas transmission line proposed by Spectra Energy.

Sterling gets its exciting back
LoudounTimes.com / 2014-07-10T20:39:17+00:00
Marvin Broyhill Jr. had a simple vision for the expansive farm land north of Washington’s new airport.

Supervisors restrict, approve Narmada events center
RappNews.com / Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:00:50 +0000
The Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors gave its blessing to Narmada Winery’s proposal to build a 2,800-square-foot weddings-and-events center Monday night (July 7), but not without significant pre-nuptial agreements.

Drug charges dropped against prominent Leesburg businessman
LoudounTimes.com / 2014-07-10T19:12:39+00:00
Drug charges against a prominent Leesburg businessman were dropped today prior to a preliminary hearing in Loudoun County General District Court due to a lack of evidence.

Rapp’s PTO goes above and beyond the bake sale
RappNews.com / Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:00:58 +0000
There are many notable charitable organizations working diligently to improve Rappahannock County, many of whom choose willingly to fly under the radar and let their works speak for themselves, including the Rappahannock County Parent Teacher Organization (PTO).

Belfort Furniture hopes to become a destination furniture store
LoudounTimes.com / 2014-07-10T18:12:04+00:00
Belfort Furniture has submitted a plan to rezone about 18 acres around its headquarters and showroom in Sterling to make it a destination furniture site that includes townhomes.

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