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Today's News

  • The Balanced Budget Amendment

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

     

    This past week during our first district work week of the 113th Congress, we had the opportunity to visit Danville and Blairs, and to make our first official visits in Warrenton.  Many miles may separate Danville and Warrenton, but it is clear that those all across our district share a common concern with our nation’s unsustainable debt.

     

  • Tackling spending in the 113th Congress

    You don’t have to be a budget analyst or an accountant to know that out of control spending is the “driving force” behind the debt crisis. As the 113th Congress gets into full swing, unrestrained spending remains one of the greatest threats to our nation.

     

  • Major issues on tap for General Assembly

        With ceremonies reflecting traditions accumulated over the course of centuries, Virginia’s General Assembly convened for its 2013 session this week.  Although this year’s session is scheduled to last just 46 days, it is already apparent that major issues will be discussed and debated.

  • The 2nd Amendment

    By Hunter Allen III
    Big Island

        Why does anyone need an assault weapon?
        All you have to do is look at history. Governments and religion have shown repeatedly that people will commit genocide and crush someone else’s Rights that we are supposed to hold dear. The problem with Americans is we live in a fairly peaceful society and haven’t had a war here in a long time, thankfully.

  • Finally, an NRA on the defensive

    Anyone with a good sense of the political climate has to realize that, as amazing as it may be, the ground may be shaking under the historically powerful NRA (National Rifle Association).
        The gun lovers group has long been as good at propaganda as the late Nazi leader Joseph Goebbels; its power over Congress has been similar to that held by Hitler over the Germans, and based, of course, on the same thing: fear.

  • Time to start cutting

        We haven’t fallen off the fiscal cliff, yet. In a last minute deal Congress enacted a deal, and President Obama signed it, that reduced the tax hit that Americans would have suffered if all the Bush tax cuts had been allowed to expire. The deal let the cuts expire for those making $400,000 per year or more and all working people have seen smaller pay checks because a temporary cut in the payroll tax, that funds Social Security, expired.

  • Reacting vs. being reasonable

    While the Obama Administration has jumped on the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut as an opportunity to attack gun ownership, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his School Safety Panel are promising to take a reasonable approach to looking at school safety.
        That’s a breath of fresh air.
        It seems anytime there’s a shooting, anymore, politics raises its ugly, reactionary head.

  • Judge denies bond in child sex case

        A Bedford man, facing charges of aggravated sexual batter and forcible sodomy of an 11-year-old girl, was denied bond during a hearing Friday in Bedford County Circuit Court.

  • It still floated

        Destroyer sailors don’t expect a smooth ride when they ship out aboard a tin can, the nickname these fast warships acquired.
        With hulls that are long in comparison to their beam, destroyers are built for speed. Photos, particularly of older destroyers, will often show one of these ships riding over the crest of a swell with its bow completely out of the water. Back in 1952, Bruce Clarke, who owns a farm in Chamblissburg, had a rougher ride than normal when his destroyer struck a mine.

  • Ware enters pleas to embezzlement charges

        Tony Ware, a former Bedford County District 5 Supervisor, pleaded no contest Tuesday  in Bedford County Circuit Court to seven embezzlement charges and seven money laundering charges.
         The charges stem from his handling of a fundraiser, his time as treasurer of the Big Island Volunteer Fire Department and his work as power of attorney for a county resident.