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Today's News

  • The cheapest energy is the energy you don’t use in the first place

    One of the top concerns I hear from working families in Central and Southern Virginia is that the cost of electricity is too high. Especially throughout this tough winter, folks are dealing with brutal energy bills because Virginia state law allows power companies to hike rates before they are approved by the State Corporation Commission. While I do not have jurisdiction over the state, I am working on the federal level to bring down the cost of electricity, particularly for rural households.

  • Balancing the federal budget

    It is no secret that the American people are facing a very tough economic climate. Families and small businesses are cutting back on expenses.  As economic uncertainty continues, many across our nation are looking to the government for leadership during this difficult time.  In these challenging economic times it is even more important for government to control spending.

  • Budget has bipartisan support

    The General Assembly completed its business and adjourned its regular session for 2010 just before 6:00 p.m. on March 14.  The final days were dominated by completion of the largest single piece of legislation, the state’s 2010-2012 Biennial Budget.  That budget will set Virginia apart from a lot of other states, as it was balanced without raising taxes.

  • Obviously, a tax hike is needed

    House Minority Leader Ward Armstrong nailed it perfectly some weeks ago when he attempted to sum up the end result of the governor’s budget proposal: “Opening the rest areas and closing the schools.”

        Robert Francis McDonnell has made it clear on more than one occasion that one thing he won’t do is raise taxes.

  • Bipartisanship at its worst

        And he provides that no one should be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name. (Revelation 13:17 NASB)

        An article that appeared on page A4 of the Wall Street Journal on March 9 struck me as an example of bipartisanship at its worst — a Republican and a “Democrat” working together on a horrible piece of legislation.

  • Hardwood hard times

    Should a quintet of Liberty players seek a legal order to prohibit Northside teams from entering Bedford County, it would be understandable.

  • Knight-mare for local ladies

    Turner Ashby was a calvary general known as the “Black Knight of the Confederacy.”

  • Commentary: Olympic post-mortem

      And so the Winter Olympics exit stage left, not to be seen for another four years.

    I am left with some random thoughts, which I shall share with you forthwith.

  • Marshall's Thundering Bird

    It’s that time of year again. High school seniors are receiving acceptance letters to the colleges of their dreams, and are getting riled up about graduation—that next step toward freedom and adulthood. 

  • School employees say no to pay cuts

    With the possibility of layoffs and school closures looming, employees of Bedford County Public Schools were given the opportunity to fill out a survey that asked if they were willing to take pay cuts to save jobs and schools. The majority weren't.

        Dr. Douglas Schuch, superintendent of schools, presented the results to the county school board at a work session Thursday evening.