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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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Letters

Bedford Dept. of Corrections and Social Services

This letter will never be able to convey how thankful I am as a family member for the understanding guidance that your local Dept. of Corrections and Social Services provided to my son.

Problems with alcohol were nothing new to my son's lifestyle. For years this addiction had taken a toll on him in many ways, loss of family, friends and self worth.


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There is no such thing as "conservatism"

By John Barnhart

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

Conservatives don?t comprise a monolithic movement. At the most, we can be roughly categorized into three groupings: social conservatives, defense hawks and fiscal/business conservatives. These are rough categories because they don?t have distinct edg It’s not possible for “conservatism” to decline. That’s because there is no such thing as “conservatism.”


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There is no such thing as 'Conservatism'

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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'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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The future of higher education

By Congressman Bob Goodlatte

For many students and families there is the promise of higher education. But for far too many others, the burden of tuition costs is seemingly insurmountable. In Virginia, undergraduate students are paying nearly 7% more in tuition and fees than they did last year. The skyrocketing cost of higher education is a dangerous trend given the often integral role it plays in attaining the American dream and maintaining our competitiveness in a changing global economy.


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America needs is a balanced energy plan

By Congressman Virgil Goode

The House of Representatives has passed what I believe is an unwise energy bill. If it becomes law, it would lead to a huge increase in the price of gasoline, and it would increase our dependence on foreign fossil fuels, even as America works to develop sustainable alternative energy sources. I voted “No” on this bill, but it passed 220-to-188.


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