I compose this in the mountains of New Mexico after subjecting myself to one day’s worth of radiation within one hour.

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 editorial piece that appeared last week.  

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, Southside Virginia Community College students and graduates talk about the ways instructors have contributed to their successes. 

It was great news that, according to CNBC, Virginia is the No. 1 state in the nation to do business. An honor like this is a great thing to brag about. However, I was somewhat confused.

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.

When progressives make claims of systemic racism, education ranks near the top. Access to and quality of what one receives in schools is usually the focus. The claim is that schools are unequally staffed and supported based on race and poverty. More affluent areas are better funded and staff…

The lead story of the May 16 South Boston Gazette-Virginian was a man shot to death. Same newspaper, next edition, lead story a man killed by intentionally being run over with a vehicle. Second lead story, conviction of another murderer. Looking east and west we know the situation is as bad …

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.

Ruff is a state senator representing parts of Halifax County. Contact him at Sen.Ruff@verizon.net, 434-374-5129 or P.O. Box 332, Clarksville, VA 23927.

A popular adage advises, “Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” Mangled comic versions go something like this: “Never put off till tomorrow what may be put off until the day after tomorrow.”

As I was searching my heart for a name for my article this month, I thought long and hard to find one that could relate to us all. Finally I decided on the topic I put above. It seemed so appropriate with everything that we all are facing today. Why? Because God has had enough of the evil wa…

Ruff is a state senator representing parts of Halifax County. Contact him at Sen.Ruff@verizon.net, 434-374-5129 or P.O. Box 332, Clarksville, VA 23927.

How would you like to have a new car? Well, thanks to the new majority in the General Assembly, you will have one!

Some legislators believe that we should eliminate the death penalty, claiming moral reasons despite that it is reserved for the most vile crimes. However, many of those same people wholeheartedly support putting to death the most innocent — the unborn.

The people, food and customs were new to me when I first visited South Boston in 1981. As a native of the California suburbs and a Washington D.C.-area resident since 1971, it was like visiting another country. “Y’all come over, here,” someone said. What? And they drive their cars on the fro…

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.

January is National Mentoring Month, an observation led by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, with support from the Highland Street Foundation.

For some of us, we like things to make sense. Being consistent is important in pursuit of that. When the same person sees a problem when one group does something and does not when others do similar things is a great example.

As we are preparing for Christmas, whether shopping for gifts or planning to visit relatives, we are making decisions about where we want to be on Christmas Day and is everything as it should be for the big day to be a joyous Christmas for all. Let us pray that all will have a blessed and sa…

For those who don’t remember him or never heard of him, John Stossel made it big a generation or two ago when he was the co-host of ABC’s show 20/20.

Regarding the Community Voice article “Velvet colored tyranny” that  cast a negative light on gay parents, I’d like to offer some counterpoints, especially regarding the New Family Structure Study (NFSS) by Sociologist Mark Regnerus mentioned in the article. The study was not praised by the scientific community for its accuracy or adherence to ethical standards. It was more along the lines of you pay for what you get for. 


All over America, there are efforts to change law enforcement. In some cities, there has been an open effort to defund the police. In other areas, those efforts have taken the form of some insisting that money be shifted from law enforcement to support social services.

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