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.

Three years after Emma Compton Layne was killed, her sisters, Shawna Krohn of Mississippi and Wynona Childress of Hurt, fight to keep her memory alive.

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.

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 have a…

Last week, Gov. Ralph Northam proposed moving town and city elections to the Nov. 3 general election and primaries to June 23. In both cases, he cited the coronavirus in which his “stay at home” order added to the problem.

t has been a long week here at your Capitol, and as we move toward the close of assembly, negotiators have begun to work on reconciling the differences between the House and Senate versions of Virginia’s record-breaking $138 billion biennial budget.

There is a growing debate in Richmond this year about elections; mostly driven by the new majority which believes that Republicans have done something to prevent people from voting.

As we have now passed the most crucial point in the Virginia legislative session, what we call “crossover,” where both the House and Senate finish their work on legislation and pass bills approved in one chamber over to the other, the Democrat agenda has now been fully revealed to all of Vir…

Get a skill. Get a job. Give back. That is the vision of Gov. Ralph Northam’s proposed G3 initiative, designed to support Virginia’s students. If approved by the state legislature in the coming weeks, the plan will open new pathways to success for low- and middle-income Virginians to gain em…

First, I want to thank all who braved the cold, taking their time to come to Richmond last Monday. All should respect your commitment to our Constitution. However, Governor Northam and his party ignored them, and, in some cases, mocked them and have continued their assault on those Virginian…

Sometimes I am contacted to tell me that I have misrepresented facts on an issue. They will cite what someone else has told them as proof of what they have read or what they want to believe. 

The Virginia General Assembly session began on Wednesday, and clearly, “the oldest continuous law-making body in the New World” will have a 401st year that will be noticeably different from its 400th.  For the first time in 26 years, the House and Senate have Democrat majorities with a Democ…

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