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Today's News

  • Two years later: The president’s health care law

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    As I continue meeting and talking with citizens across the 5th District, it remains clear that too many are suffering not only from the President’s economic policies, but also from the budget-busting policies put forth in the government takeover of health care that was signed into law nearly two years ago today.

     

  • Fighting the government takeover of health care

    I have fought President Obama and the Democrats’ health care law since its earliest stages. I spoke out in strong opposition to the bill when the Democrats passed it against the wishes of the overwhelming majority of the American people and one of my first acts of the 112th Congress was to co-sponsor and vote to repeal this monstrosity in its entirety. At every turn I have worked to repeal and defund this government takeover of our health care system including strongly supporting numerous bills that would repeal some of the most egregious provisions of the law.

  • A glaring U.S. atrocity in Afghanistan

    The lead of a March 17 Associated Press story summed things up very aptly: “Afghan President Hamid Karzai say’s he’s at ‘the end of the rope,’ and a majority of Americans feel the same way.”
        The story, of course, was about Army staff sergeant Robert Bales and a U.S. atrocity in Afghanistan. Bales is believed to be the soldier who walked into a village and shot 16 people to death, nine of them children. It’s been reported that some of the bodies were set on fire.

  • Poison gas, anyone?


        Senator John McCain wants to bomb Syria. In a speech he gave a couple of weeks ago, Senator McCain called for the United States to lead an international effort to carry out piloted air strikes on Syrian government forces.

  • Let the sun shine in

    Last week was Sunshine Week.
        The weather cooperated, ushering in spring with plenty of sun and warmth. Maybe the Bedford County School Board will also follow suit.
        Sunshine Week is a national campaign that promotes the importance of open government and freedom of information. It’s not just the media that participates, but rather anyone interested in the public’s right to know what is going on in government.

  • Harmony gets a Planning Commission thumbs up

        The Bedford County Planning Commission voted unanimously, Monday night, to approve a rezoning that will open the door to a planned development called Harmony.

  • John Douglass seeks Democrats' nod for 5th District race

        Two Democrats are seeking their party’s nod to challenge Congressman Robert Hurt for the 5th Congressional District seat in November. One of them, General John Douglass, made a stop in Bedford last week for a meet and greet.

        Douglass earned a commission in the United States Air Force at the University of Florida and served for 28 years, retiring as a brigadier general in 1992.

  • Peyton Williams seeks Democrats' nod in 5th District

        A retired Army colonel is one of two candidates seeking the Democratic Party’s nod to take on Congressman Robert Hurt in the fall.
        Peyton Williams was originally the sole candidate seeking the nomination before congressional district redistricting put Fauquier County into the 5th Congressional District which, in turn, brought in John Douglass, making it a contest.

  • Council hears budget requests

        With budget discussions up and running, Bedford City Council heard last Tuesday from three groups asking for the city’s continued financial support of their organizations.
        The announcement was also made that the city had officially filed the required paperwork to the Virginia Commission on Local Government stating its case for approval of voluntary reversion of the city to a town.

  • Agape Center puts contract on building

        Back in 2004 when it opened, the Agape Center in Bedford was serving eight families.

        Now, every month, the Center serves more than 450 families with some 800 on its clients’ list.
        “It’s expanding every minute,” stated Executive Director Sue Lipscomb this week.
        That means the Center needs more room. Soon it will have just that.