Today's News

  • Congress has enacted more than $800 billion of tax cuts

    One of my top priorities in Congress has been reducing financial burden on middle- and working-class families during these tough economic times. Last week, USA TODAY reported that Americans paid their lowest level of taxes in 2009 since Harry Truman’s presidency. The news story reported: “Federal, state and local taxes — including income, property, sales and other taxes — consumed 9.2% of all personal income in 2009, the lowest rate since 1950, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reports.

  • Congress needs a budget

    Traditionally, Congress is expected to agree on a budget for the upcoming fiscal year by April 15th.  It is this budget process at the beginning of each year where the decision is made regarding total federal spending for the year.  It is the budget that sets the stage for how fiscally responsible government spending will be.  Since the passage of the Budget Act of 1974, the House of Representatives has never failed to pass an initial budget to set the spending priorities for the following fiscal year.

  • Lessons from Kennedy’s ‘True Compass’

    Ted Kennedy‘s “True Compass” would be poignant for one fact alone if there wasn’t so much else to recommend it. This Kennedy brother, after all, was the only one who lived long enough to write a memoir.

        Pathos and tragedy accompanied every step of success his family ever recorded. For the prominent role they achieved in American history, they paid a very bloody and very sad price.

  • Financial reform is needed

        The oil spill in the Gulf has been consuming the news, and possibly Congress’ attention, so I haven’t seen much lately on the Senate’s efforts on a financial reform bill. Prior to that, a lot of news consisted of “Democrats” accusing Republicans of being in Wall Street’s pocket. Of course, “Democrats” are in Wall Street’s pocket, so maybe they know who their neighbors are.

  • Curcio's lads win Curcio

    The Staunton River head coach was happy that the word “Memorial” wasn’t in the mix of the naming of the Joe Curcio Invitational.

  • Minute-Diamonmen top Lancers; stung by Bees

    The Minute-diamondmen showed that they aren’t the bottom of the Seminole.

    But, they are also a long ways from the top.

  • Eagle booters are BRD pests

    The stealthiest team in the County is starting to get noticed.

  • Sports commentary: Mega thinking

    Attention, ACC fans:  You need to pay attention to what is going on to your north.

  • Volcanic eruption left Forest residents stranded overseas

    Jack and Nancy Wood of Forest had a surprise change to their vacation plans last month. The surprise came right in the middle of their trip when they became two of thousands of Americans stranded overseas when the Eyjafjallajökull volcano began erupting in Iceland.

        The couple planned a trip that included Ireland and France. They took off from Lynchburg on the first leg of their trip on April 6. The plan was to first spend nine days in Ireland, then go on to France.

        “We wound up spending 19 days,” Nancy commented.

  • Growing fundraiser

    The Blue Ridge Garden Club recently held its annual fundraiser, called “A Garden A-Faire in Shades of   Pink” at Main Street United Methodist Church. The fundraiser featured lunch, a silent auction and a plant sale.