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Today's News

  • The House budget plan will prevent a fiscal crisis

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    For far too long, the people of Virginia’s Fifth District have been negatively impacted by Washington’s inability to live within its means.  This lack of fiscal discipline has created economic uncertainty and prevented more dynamic job growth from occurring.  It is high time we put an end to business as usual in Washington and stop spending money the federal government does not have.

     

  • Protecting Second Amendment rights

    The United States Constitution is not a document of suggestions for how the U.S. should be governed. It’s not a “choose your own adventure” novel where you can pick which portion to follow and ignore the rest. The Constitution is the framework for our entire system of government and provides for the protection of our rights and liberties as Americans. Actions by the Executive Branch to unilaterally change our laws are in direct contradiction with the separation of powers outlined by the Constitution.

  • Honoring America’s farmers on National Ag Day March 18

    By J. Calvin Parish
    Virginia SED

        For more than 40 years we have celebrated National Ag Day as a time to pause and honor the American farmer. Today, our farmers are the most productive and efficient in the world with each one helping feed more than 144 people.   We thank you, as well as everyone who plays a role in producing the food, fiber and fuel our country and the world depends upon.
        This year National Ag Week is March 15 – 21 and is highlighted by National Ag Day on Wednesday, March 18.

  • Conservative zealots fighting history books

        Name just one.
        I’m wondering if anyone out there could inform us all of even a single program of decent, humane reform that has ever been brought to America by conservatives?
        The question arises because of recent movements in several states, most notably Oklahoma, where right-wingers are even going to court to fight modern standards in public school history books.

  • We let them get away with it

        Last week I mentioned my concern that President Barack Obama’s executive overreach, aided and abetted by the “Democratic” Party, poses a threat to our republic. The Man Who Would Be King, and his political party, aren’t the only problem. The folks in Congress who have been bought and paid for by some special interest are also a serious problem.

  • State champs have exciting go of it

        For the most part, nothing came easily for the five Bedford County athletes who returned from the State Indoor meet bearing gold.
        Of the five, only Alyssa Shupe’s victory in the 1000 could be termed undramatic.  Oh, trust us.  Shupe and all of her JF fan base (and this newspaper) were thrilled about the senior’s win.  But, she was expected to win and did so in her usual, no-nonsense manner.

  • sports commentary: Don't be part of the story

        Rule #1 for sports journalists is not to be a part of the story.
        There are other rules, such as being accurate, being fair and being thorough.
        But, you don’t want to be a part of the story.  That means you don’t want to impact the game in any way.

  • Even better?

        Two years ago, they were upstarts.
        Last year, they were unsurprisingly good.
        This year, they should be beasts.
        The Staunton River baseball team hopes to improve on last year’s historical season by being a major force when late May  rolls around.  Until then, they hope to hone a team that seems to have all of the pieces in place.

  • Working with Israel to prevent a nuclear Iran

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Last Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint meeting of Congress.  It was a great honor to have Prime Minister Netanyahu come to the United States and speak to both Houses of Congress.

     

  • Standing with Israel

    The United States and Israel share a strong bond. Since Israel declared its independence in 1948, the U.S. has developed a positive relationship with Israel based on shared democratic values and common security interests. Israel has proven to be a valuable American ally since.