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A fiscally irresponsible budget

By Congressman Bob Goodlatte

Just last week the House Majority unveiled their proposed budget resolution for fiscal year 2009, which calls for the largest tax increase in American history: $683 billion over the next 5 years. This proposal significantly increases the tax burden on the middle class to pay for new wasteful government spending. Facing a slowing economy and an increased cost of living, Americans have to tighten their belts and carefully budget their hard-earned money. It?s time the Federal government did the same.


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Bill expresses health benefit commitment to military retirees

By Congressman Virgil Goode

The health care of America’s veterans is one of the important issues we must address.


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A look at the struggles of single-parent households

By The Staff

The Bedford Christian Fellowship focuses its attention this month on the struggles of children, women, and men living in what has become known as single-parent households.


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2008 General Assembly session extended

By Delegate Kathy Byron

The General Assembly has already met for 60 days this year, the period mandated by the Constitution of Virginia.

Of the nearly 2,400 bills filed by legislators, around 900 were approved and forwarded to Governor Kaine for his consideration. One significant bill, Virginia’s 2008-2010 Biennial Budget, has yet to pass. Because of this, the General Assembly has extended its 2008 session, giving negotiators on behalf of the House and Senate more time to reach an agreement.


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Getting us stimulated

By Tom Wilmoth

I don't know if you are as excited as we are at my house about the government giving us some of our money back through the soon-to-come stimulus payments.

After all, it is our money. And the federal government has proven it has little sense in spending it wisely. But that's a thought for another time.

Still, my wife and I have each been secretly planning how to spend it. She wants a deck and French doors; I want a vacation at the beach. That's why I talked to someone this week about coming to give an estimate for the new appendage to our home.


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Being Welsh on St. Patrick's Day

By Rick Howell

So I’m in the doctor’s office the other day (I’m sorry, conservativeseeit wasn’t serious), and the nurse is wearing a St. Patrick’s Day shirt already, something decorated in those green shamrock things.

“It’s just a bit early for that, isn’t it?,” I asked.

“Oh, no,” she said. “We've only got one day for this holiday, so I wanted to wear my shirt all I could.”


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Primary results were wonderful

By John Barnhart

I was pleased with the results of the "Democratic" primaries in Ohio and Texas. This does not mean that I've suddenly become a Hillary Clinton fan. No one has yet convinced me that she would not be a threat to American democracy. I was pleased because her victories mean that the race will continue, neck and neck, into the summer. It will probably get uglier as it progresses and it could split the "Democratic" Party. This would be good.


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Ruling puts the spotlight on the spread of sludge

The use of biosolids hit the national spotlight this week as a federal judge took the Agricultural Department to task for problems caused by the use of sludge by two Georgia farmers.

According to an article by the Associated Press, the judge ordered the department to compensate a farmer who lost the use of his cattle and his land because of using biosolids. This ruling is likely to further call into question the use of the product and the government's stamp of approval on it.


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Session sets new standard for efficiency

By Delegate Kathy Byron

There’s just one week remaining until the scheduled end of this year’s session of the Virginia General Assembly. This is the part of the session where delegates and senators meet to work out the final details on a wide range of legislation, and when an agreement must be reached to reconcile the differing versions of the budget approved by the Senate and the House.


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Conservatism can't decline

By John Barnhart

It’s not possible for “conservatism” to decline. That’s because there is no such thing as “conservatism.”


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