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Today's News

  • Latest drafts of health care bill include some significant improvements

    As I return home from Congress for an extended work period in the district, I will be devoting most of my time to discussing health care reform with constituents and doctors. For weeks, I made clear to Congressional leaders that we should not rush a vote on health care. I have already met with over 150 doctors and medical professional in our district about health care, and each meeting produces better ideas for improving health care and reducing costs.

  • We need commonsense health care reforms

    While we can all agree that our current health care system is flawed there are many different ideas about how to fix it.  Recently Democratic Leaders in Congress introduced the “America’s Affordable Health Choices Act”, which sets the tone for a Washington takeover of the health care system.  While this misguided legislation simply offers more of what is wrong with the current system, House Republicans have offered commonsense reforms that will make health care more affordable, reduce the number of uninsured and increase quality.

  • Building financial success and control

    As an educational outreach program of Virginia’s two land grant universities, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University, the mission of Virginia Cooperative Extension is to assess the needs of our local communities and then develop educational programs to meet those needs. 

        One way to do this is by providing research-based information so that citizens can make well-informed decisions. As we continue our discussion on building financial success, let’s review what we discussed in the previous articles.

  • ‘Blue Dogs’ paid to fight health care reform

    You’d expect conservative Republicans to stand in the way of meaningful health care reform. After all, they’ve been sharpening their rhetoric about “socialized medicine” for many decades.

        But when such actions come from those within the Democratic Party itself, the usual party of reform, well, you can bet there’s some money being spread out somewhere.

  • There’s more than the devil in the details

        While Congress wrangles over ObamaCare, my home phone has been ringing off the hook. Everybody has a short recorded message they want me to listen to. It’s almost as irritating as the bad old days before the Do Not Call list when I was constantly getting pestered by telemarketers. I’ve reverted back to my habit of not picking up the phone and just letting an answering machine take the call.

  • Piggly-Wrigley-Commentary

      Having just returned from my Chicago vacation, I’d be remiss if I didn’t provide a full report to you, the loyal reader.

  • Disc-overing a new type of golf

     

    There’s home field advantage.  Then there’s Kenny Palmer.

  • Metro wins state title

    Laurel, Mississippi is noted for being the birthplace of Washington Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell.

  • No country for old men - sports commentary

      I’d like to open here with a clarification.  At the end of last week’s column, I alluded to submitting an application to work at the Chicago Tribune.

  • Defense spending bill includes Federal study of D-Day Memorial proposal

    The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 approved by the Senate on an 87-7 vote Thursday includes language that directs the U.S. Department of the Interior to study the feasibility of adding the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford to the list of monuments and historic sites owned and operated by the U.S. National Park Service. 

        The provision was introduced by Senator Warner and co-sponsored by Senator Webb.  The two Virginia senators had introduced similar, stand-alone legislation June 8.